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Adrian Smith

The man who designed the world’s tallest building has an equally long list of contacts around the world.

January 9, 2010 7:06 by

Praise is currently being heaped on Adrian Smith, the Chicago-based architect who designed the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Smith has been practicing for the last 40 years, and in 2006 started his own firm: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Apart from Burj Khalifa, he has designed several other prominent buildings across the world including the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, and the Rowes Wharf in Boston.

Before launching his own firm, Smith worked in the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where he held various positions between 1967and 2006, including design partner and CEO. Smith’s firm is currently competing to build the next world’s tallest building, which is being planned in Saudi Arabia.


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