Adrian Smith (architect)

Adrian Smith (architect)

Infobox Architect

caption=Adrian Smith (2007)
name=Adrian D. Smith
birth_place=Chicago, U.S.
practice_name=Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
significant_buildings=Burj Dubai
Jin Mao Tower
Pearl River Tower
Trump International Hotel & Tower
significant_projects=7 South Dearborn

Adrian Smith is one of the most recognized architects in the world. [cite web | url = | title = Emporis: Interview with Adrian Smith of SOM] His work includes several major skyscrapers; including what will become officially the tallest building in the world upon its completion, the Burj Dubai.



Adrian Smith graduated from University of Illinois - Chicago in 1969. []

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

After nearly four decades with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (1967–2006), Smith left and with Gordon Gill and Robert Forest founded Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. [cite web
url =
title = Architect Magazine: Adrian Smith Leaves SOM, Longtime Skidmore partner bucks retirement to start new firm
] Smith's firm has declared that it will focus on design of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale.cite web | url = | title = Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture official website|accessdate=2007-12-31]

Smith was the Design Partner at SOM for the Trump Tower, Chicago and Burj Dubai, which are still under construction.

kidmore, Owings & Merrill

Smith was a Design Partner in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill from 1980 to 2003 and a Consulting Design Partner from 2004 to 2006. Smith also served as the SOM’s Chief Executive Officer (1993 to 1995).cite web | url = | title = Adrian Smith biography at] Smith was the Chairman for the SOM Foundation (1990 to 1995)cite web | url = | title = Adrian Smith biography at] which serves to recognize and nurture students in architecture, design, urban design and structural engineering. [cite web | url = | title = SOM Foundation mission statement] .


Projects under his design direction have won over 90 major awards for design excellence, including 5 international awards, 8 National AIA awards, 22 Chicago AIA awards, and 2 ULI Awards for Excellence.cite web | url = | title = Adrian Smith biography at] Smith's work at SOM has been featured in major museums in the United States, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

elected projects at SOM

Adrian Smith, has been a practicing architect for over 40 years. His extraordinary body of work includes some of the world’s most recognizable landmark structures. The following is an abridged list of his work designed while Smith was a partner at SOM: [cite book | last = Smith | first = Adrian | title = The Architecture of Adrian Smith, SOM: Toward a Sustainable Future | publisher = Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd | year = 2007 | isbn = 1-86470-169-2 ]

Proposed or under construction

Non-architectural Projects

* Smith and his firm were invited to join other artists in a public art project dedicated to increasing awareness of global warming.

ee also

*Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

External links

* [ Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture - official website]
* [ Burj Dubai website]
* [,0,2052343.story Chicago Tribune Article 'Sweet new start for architect Adrian Smith' Feb 24, 2008]


* Smith, Adrian, "The Architecture of Adrian Smith, SOM: Toward a Sustainable Future", Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd, ISBN 1-86470-169-2
* Smith, Adrian, "Pro Architect 24: Adrian D Smith", Archiworld Company Ltd, ISBN 8987223248


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