Carbon Futures

From Architectural Record’s 2018 Innovation Conference
From Architectural Record's 2020 Innovation Conference
Presented by Gordon Gill, FAIA, Founding Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how to decarbonize building construction.
  2. Identify areas within a building that represent opportunities to reduce energy consumption.


0.5 AIA LU/Elective



Gordon Gill, FAIA, Founding Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Gordon Gill is one of the world’s foremost exponents of performance based architecture. Ranging from the world’s tallest buildings to sustainable communities, his work is driven by his philosophy that there is a purposeful relationship between formal design and performance; and that there is a Language of Performance, which is the basis of his practice: Form Follows Performance. His approach is based on an ecologically conscious philosophy that sets new standards for the relationships between the built and natural environment. His buildings and urban projects have transformed cityscapes and defined as well as restored city centers around the world. A founding partner of award-winning Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Gordon’s work includes the design of the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower (designed at SOM Chicago), the world’s first large-scale positive energy building, Masdar Headquarters, the world’s tallest tower, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah Saudi Arabia and most recently the design of Astana Expo 2017 and its sustainable legacy community for Astana, Kazakhstan. These landmark projects pursue energy independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site and striking a balance with their environmental contexts. Gordon’s designs also include performing arts centers, museums, strategic carbon planning and urban master plans across the globe. Gordon has been published extensively and has exhibited, lectured and taught widely in the U.S. and internationally. His designs have repeatedly been recognized and awarded by the American Institute of Architects and Architectural Institutions around the world. In 2009 he was selected as Chicago’s best emerging Architect. In 2013 Gordon was elected to The College of Fellows at the American Institute of Architects and in 2015 Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture was ranked the number one firm in the United States of America by Architect magazine. Prior to founding AS+GG in 2006, Gordon was an Associate Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and a Director of Design for VOA Associates.

Gordon Gill will discuss AS+GG’s process of performance design and projects representing a range of scales and typologies. The presentation will explore master plans that effectively reduce negative environmental impacts, while simultaneously improve the overall quality of life in the city. With recent projects, including Astana Expo City – the 174 hectare post-exposition city where exposition buildings are currently being transformed into an office and research park and cultural facilities – and some of the world’s tallest structures, the session will reveal the research and development of systems that continue to influence AS+GG’s work spanning the globe


Originally published in March 2019