Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • David Malott

About David Malott

An architect of innovative supertall towers and future cities, David Malott is pioneering a global portfolio of iconic smart buildings. His transformative projects redefined their cities and set new standards in tall-building performance.

Previously, David led the architecture and engineering team behind the 600-meter tall Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen, China’s fastest-growing city and emerging global technology hub. Featured on CNN as one of “9 New Buildings Set to Define Cities in 2016,” Ping An Finance Center has gained recognition for the smart and sustainable innovations which underscore its record-breaking height.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, David’s designs stem from his exploration of physical and biological systems. He sees buildings as breathing and living entities which form a larger ecosystem of urban life, bringing to architecture an…


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About David Malott

An architect of innovative supertall towers and future cities, David Malott is pioneering a global portfolio of iconic smart buildings. His transformative projects redefined their cities and set new standards in tall-building performance.

Previously, David led the architecture and engineering team behind the 600-meter tall Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen, China’s fastest-growing city and emerging global technology hub. Featured on CNN as one of “9 New Buildings Set to Define Cities in 2016,” Ping An Finance Center has gained recognition for the smart and sustainable innovations which underscore its record-breaking height.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, David’s designs stem from his exploration of physical and biological systems. He sees buildings as breathing and living entities which form a larger ecosystem of urban life, bringing to architecture an understanding of the complex social, economic, and environmental dynamics of the world’s cities and the cultures which connect them.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, Vice-Chairman (2017 – Present)
  • China Office Board (2015 – Present)
  • Height and Data Committee (2013 – Present)
  • Conference, Keynote Speaker (Australia 2017)
  • Past Roles:
  • Board of Trustees, Chairman (2014 – 2017)
  • Board of Trustees, Trustee (2013 – 2014)
  • China Awards Design Jury (2016)
  • Conference, Co-Chair (New York 2015; China 2016)
  • Conference, Speaker (Shanghai 2012; London 2013; Shanghai 2014; China 2016)
  • Conference, Session Chair (Shanghai 2014; New York 2015; 2016)
  • Conference, Steering Committee (New York 2015)
  • Student Competition Second-Round Jury (2012, 2014)
  • Research Seed Funding Jury – Final Selection (2015)

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Initiatives Involving David Malott

David Malott Passes the CTBUH Chairman’s Gavel to Steve Watts

31 Oct 2017, Conference Activity Report – On the second day of the 2017 Australia Conference, all conference…

CTBUH Trustees Hold 18th Meeting at 2017 Australia Conference

29 Oct 2017, Event Report – The Board of Trustees convened for the second time in 2017, just prior to the…

CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference

29 Oct 2017, Event Report – The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017…

Initiatives Involving David Malott

David Malott Passes the CTBUH Chairman’s Gavel to Steve Watts
31 Oct 2017, Sydney – Conference Activity Report
On the second day of the 2017 Australia Conference, all conference delegates gathered in Sydney to see Steve Watts sworn in as the next chairman of CTBUH.
CTBUH Trustees Hold 18th Meeting at 2017 Australia Conference
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
The Board of Trustees convened for the second time in 2017, just prior to the Australia Conference. This meeting marked a few significant changes to the Board.
CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, bringing together the Council’s leaders.
CTBUH China Holds Sustainable Vertical Urbanism Forum
17 Oct 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
The College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University and CTBUH China co-organized a one-day symposium on Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
CTBUH New York Hosts Tall Timber Event
22 Jun 2017, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York held a presentation and panel discussion on the character and behavior of tall timber buildings, as well as the future opportunities with timber in New York and beyond.
Torre Paseo Colón 2 Signboard Ceremony
25 Mar 2017, San José – Event Report
CTBUH joined Torre Paseo Colón 2 officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Torre Paseo Colón 2 as the tallest building in Costa Rica.
CTBUH Board of Trustees Travels to Costa Rica
23-25 Mar 2017, San José – Event Report
The CTBUH Board of Trustees was in Costa Rica for their twice annual meeting and to support a chapter event and a signboard ceremony for the country’s tallest building.
NYC YPC Winter Holiday Party
16 Dec 2016, New York City – Event Report
The New York Young Professionals Committee (YPC) hosted their Winter Holiday Party at the Milliken Carpet showroom, with games and activities and lots of good cheer.
2016 CTBUH Leaders Meeting Report
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Annual Leaders Meeting was held this year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference in China, bringing together the Council’s leaders from around the world.
CTBUH Board of Trustees Set the Agenda for 2017
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Board of Trustees held their second meeting of the year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference to discuss the Council’s plans for 2017.
Shanghai Tower Signboard Ceremony
13 May 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH joined Shanghai Tower officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower as the tallest building in China.
Aspect: Ratios
3 May 2016, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH NYC Young Professionals Committee welcomed over 150 design professionals for ASPECT:RATIOS, a seminar focusing on female perspectives in architecture.
Call for Ideas: CTBUH Vertical Futures Research
5 Apr 2016, New York City – CTBUH Research
The CTBUH is conducting an ambitious research project to identify the innovative technologies that will shape the future of tall buildings and cities around the world.
CTBUH Board of Trustees Gather in Venice for March Retreat
11 Mar 2016, Venice – Event Report
The CTBUH Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the year, reviewing 2015 accomplishments, 2016 plans, the upcoming China Conference, and more.
Educational Outreach Program
12 Feb 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC kicked off their educational outreach initiative with a mentorship program at Pratt Institute, to teach students how to unlock synergistic potential in their designs.
China Awards 2016 Jury Meeting
21 Jan 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
The inaugural China Tall Building Awards jury meeting was held in Shanghai, the culmination of many months of effort.
October 2015 Trustee Meeting Report
25 Oct 2015, New York City – Event Report
The second CTBUH Board of Trustees meeting of 2015 took place before the 2015 Conference. The Board discussed Council strategy for the upcoming year, as well as welcomed new Trustees.
CTBUH Wins Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction
5 Oct 2015, New York City – CTBUH News
CTBUH is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the winner of the illustrious 2015 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction.
Young Professionals Committee Holds Social Event at RAMSA
23 Jun 2015, New York City – Event Report
The YPC held an event at the RAMSA office in New York City, where attendees had an opportunity to network, and learn more the exciting projects RAMSA is developing.
Inaugural Japan Symposium Rises to the Occasion in Tokyo
22 May 2015, Tokyo – Event Report
CTBUH held its inaugural Japan Symposium at the Academy Hills lecture hall of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, bringing together leading experts
YPC New York Presents Pioneering Megatall: Ping An Finance Center
15 Apr 2015, New York City – Event Report
The inaugural CTBUH New York City Chapter event, held at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, showcased the rising Ping An Finance Center.
CTBUH China Office Kicks Off
18 Mar 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH China Office / Asia Headquarters officially launched at CAUP at Tongji University with the inaugural board meeting and a reception
Trustees Meeting Heralds Bright Future For CTBUH
9 Mar 2015, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the year, reviewing 2014 accomplishments, 2015 plans, the New York Conference, and more.
“Network-3D” High-Rise Design Studio Culminates in Shanghai
18 Jan 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
Final reviews concluded of a semester of intense work for the “Network-3D" studio undertaken by Tongji University students with support from CTBUH and KPF.
CTBUH Finland Launches with Urban Habitat Seminar
14 Jan 2015, Helsinki – Event Report
Seeking to enhance the level of discussion on tall buildings and urban habitat in the Nordic region, CTBUH Finland held a launch event.
YPC Holds New York Chapter Initial Meeting
17 Dec 2014, New York City – Event Report
The first meeting of the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee (YPC) – New York City Chapter was held at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox.
New York Conference Inaugural Steering Committee Meeting
17-21 Nov 2014, New York City – Event Report
Plans for the 2015 Conference in New York are now well underway, beginning with an initial meeting of the Steering Committee at the Bank of America Tower Nov. 18.
2014-2015 Design Research Studio Kicked Off in New York
14-17 Nov 2014, New York City – Tour Report
Tongji University students took a week-long visit to New York City, which included design workshops at KPF, site studies, and tall building tours.
Hong Kong Regional Tour Report
20 Sep 2014, Hong Kong – Tour Report
The tour began at Hong Kong’s One Island East, a 298-meter office building. After a day of activity and touring, the tour ended with an evening harbor cruise, on a Chinese junk.
CTBUH Leaders Discuss Ways to Broaden Council Membership
15 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The leadership of the Council convened in the Leaders Meeting to participate in discussions about how to widen the Council’s reach and effectiveness.
CTBUH Trustees Meet Ahead of 2014 Conference in Shanghai
15 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The second Board of Trustees meeting of 2014 took place in the 83rd-floor conference room at the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao in Shanghai, in advance of the 2014 CTBUH Conference.
CTBUH Announces Next Chairman
4 Jun 2014, Chicago – CTBUH News
David Malott has been confirmed to become the next Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Trustees Meeting Reflects CTBUH’s Momentum
28 Feb 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH Board of Trustees met February 28, setting the course for a number of strategic Council initiatives, including the Strategic Five-Year Plan.
CTBUH Leaders Tour Ping An Tower
18 Oct 2013, Shenzhen – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood and Trustee David Malott were treated to a high-octane tour of the under-construction Ping An Financial Center tower by its developer’s CEO.
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day One
11 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including the Opening Plenary and Conference Dinner.
Trustees Meeting 2013, Chicago
4 Mar 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The board of trustees of the CTBUH held its annual meeting at IIT in Chicago on March 4. As a first order of business, the board welcomed three new trustees.
CTBUH Confirms Three New Trustees
Feb 2013, Chicago – CTBUH News
The CTBUH has confirmed the next generation of industry leaders to join its Board of Trustees: Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corp., Craig Gibbons, Arup and David Malott, KPF.

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David Malott Related Resources

The Sustainability of Density & Vertical Urbanism Q & A

17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
David Malott, KPF; long Xiu, Architectural Society of China; Mun Summ Wong, Woha; Antony Wood, CTBUH

Vertical Futures: Technologies that will Shape the World

17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
David Malott, KPF

The State of the Art (Technologies) Q&A

17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Fing An Financial Centre; Karl-Ott Schoellkopf, Thyssenkrupp

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Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure

30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue IV
CTBUH 2017 Conference Speakers

Cities to Megacities: Perspectives

Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV
CTBUH 2016 Conference Speakers

Vertical Futures: Technologies That Will Shape the World

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
David Malott & Jordan Feinstein, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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Press/Media Related to David Malott

FM World Reports on Steve Watts's Confirmation as Next CTBUH Chair
, – FM World reports on Steve Watts' confirmation as the next CTBUH chairman. Watts will succeed current chairman David Malott at the CTBUH 2017…
Steve Watts Made Chair of CTBUH
, – Steve Watts has been chosen as the next chairman for The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and will take over the role in…
ENR Documents Council's Continued Growth
, – In the decade since Antony Wood became executive director of the CTBUH, the organization has seen immense revitalization and an increase in…
Shanghai Tower Installs Signboard Commemorating Megatall Status
Shanghai, China – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard…
BBC Interviews CTBUH Chairman on “Earthquake-Proofing” Cities
Shanghai, China – The BBC World Service Inquiry program interviewed CTBUH Chairman David Malott, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), to discuss…
Green Giants Tower Over CTBUH Awards Symposium
Chicago, United States – Built Worlds offers an in-depth examination of the CTBUH 2015 Awards Symposium. The organization covers several of the awards that were…
CTBUH to Receive The 2015 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction
, – Turner Construction Company and the National Building Museum are pleased to announce that the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (…
CTBUH Featured in NBM&CW Magazine
New Delhi, India – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) was recently invited to steer the direction of the August issue of New Building…
Council on Tall Buildings Putting a Bigger Emphasis on Sustainability
, – Engineering News-Record highlights the growth of the CTBUH over the years, focusing on the successes that are allowing the organization to…
KPF Principal named new Chair of the CTBUH
, – World Architecture News reports on the recent appointment of David Malott, Priciple at Kohn Pedersen Fox, as the new Chair of CTBUH, as well…

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David Malott Related Videos

The Sustainability of Density & Vertical Urbanism Q & A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Malott, KPF; long Xiu, Architectural Society of China; Mun Summ Wong, Woha; Antony Wood, CTBUH
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. long Xiu, Chairman, Architectural Society of China; Mun Summ Wong, Woha; Antony Wood, Executive Director, CTBUH answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference Opening Plenary: The Sustainability of…
Vertical Futures: Technologies that will Shape the World
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Malott, KPF
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. David Malott of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 2c: The State of the Art (Technologies). We are at the cusp of a building revolution which, for the first time,…
The State of the Art (Technologies) Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Fing An Financial Centre; Karl-Ott Schoellkopf, Thyssenkrupp
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Fing An Financial Centre; Karl-Ott Schoellkopf, Thyssenkrupp, answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference Session 2c: The State of the Art (…
2014 Awards - Session 2 Q&A
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Chair: David Malott, KPF
Thursday, 6th November 2014 Chicago, USA. Helmut Jahn, CEO, JAHN, Tomohiko Yamanashi, Design Principal, Nikken Sekkei, Dakki Hui, Senior Property & Facility Manager, Kai Shing Management Services Limited and Douglas Durst, Chairman, Durst…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Closing Plenary - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Closing Plenary Questions & Answers session with speakers David Malott, CTBUH Chairman-Elect / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, David Gianotten of OMA, Carol Willis of The Skyscraper Museum, & James Von Klemperer…
Designing China’s Tallest: DNA of the Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
Rather than attempting to radically redefine how contemporary skyscrapers are designed, KPF architects prefer to adopt an approach of continuous refinement; drawing from successful high-rise prototypes to inform the design of the Ping An Finance…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Ping An Tower Room, Session 1 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Ping An Tower Room, Session 1 Questions & Answers session with speakers Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd., David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates…
Interview: David Malott
17 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; David Malott, KPF
Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. David Malott, CTBUH Chairman-Elect / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
Session 2: What Contributes Most to Sustainability in Tall Buildings?
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Dennis Poon, Neville Glanville, Klaus Lother & David Malott
The next generation of tall buildings will be judged on more than sheer height or aesthetic appearance. In the context of sustainability, they will also be judged on more than just their energy consumption. They will be judged on their contribution…
How Will Tall Buildings be Different in 20 Years?
Jan 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Kenneth Drucker, HOK; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; David Malott, KPF; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Kenneth Drucker, HOK; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; David Malott, KPF; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architecture; Jun Xia, Gensler; and more.
Track 14: China Tall Q & A Session
Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
The Track 14 panel consisting of: Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; David Malott, KPF; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; and Guoyong Fu, Thornton Tomasetti take questions from delegates.
Ping An Finance Center: Pioneering China’s Tallest – Efficiencies of Form and Structures
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; David Malott, KPF; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2015, the Ping An Finance Center will join an elite group of megatall buildings. This presentation discusses using the Ping An Finance Center and other buildings as examples of how the optimization of building shape impacts…
Interview: China's Future Tallest
20 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; David Malott, KPF
David Malott of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. David discusses two of China's future tallest buildings, the 660-meter Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen and…
Shanghai World Financial Center: Without Compromise……
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; David Malott, KPF; Leslie Robertson, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
David Malott, KPF and Leslie Robertson, LERA, presented the Shanghai World Financial Center located in the Lujiazui district of Pudong. The focus of this presentation at the CTBUH 8th World Congress was to highlight the collaboration between…
Plenary 3 Panel Questions and Answers
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; David Malott, KPF; Leslie Robertson, LERA; Ken Dalton, AECOM / Faber Maunsell; Ole Scheeren, OMA
The panel of Plenary Session 3, David Malott, Leslie Robertson, Ken Dalton and Ole Scheeren, enthusiastically responded to questions from the CTBUH 8th World Congress audience.

David Malott Related Papers/Research

Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure
30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue IV; CTBUH 2017 Conference Speakers
The future of humanity on this planet relies on the collective benefits of urban density; reducing both land consumption and the energy needed to construct and operate the horizontally dispersed city. Tall buildings must now be the vehicles for…
Cities to Megacities: Perspectives
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; CTBUH 2016 Conference Speakers
The CTBUH 2016 International Conference is being held in the three cities of the Pearl River Delta, the world’s largest “megacity,” projected to have 120 million inhabitants by 2050. The conference brings together some of the leading thinkers on…
Vertical Futures: Technologies That Will Shape the World
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; David Malott & Jordan Feinstein, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
We are at the cusp of a building revolution which, for the first time, won’t be led by a developer, builder, architect, engineer, or urban planner. Technological innovation operating at unprecedented scale and speed is reshaping how buildings and…
Next Tokyo 2045: A Mile-High Tower Rooted in Intersecting Ecologies
May 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue II; David Malott, Keisuke Hiei & Heidi Werner, KPF; Leslie E. Robertson, LERA
“Next Tokyo” imagines a resurgent megacity, adapted to climate change through the realization of a high-density ecodistrict built on resilient infrastructure. The archipelago of reclaimed land supports transit-oriented development for a half-million…
Designing China’s Tallest: DNA of the Ping An Finance Center
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The Ping An Finance Center is the next generation of the prototypical Asian skyscraper: megatall, hyper-dense, and highly connected. Encoded in the design of PAFC are the evolutionary building blocks of a modern megatall building. Ping An Insurance…
Ping An Finance Center: Pioneering China’s Tallest – Efficiencies of Form and Structures
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; David Malott & Zhizhe Yu, KPF; Dennis Poon & Torsten Gottlebe, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2015, the Ping An Finance Center - set to become the second tallest structure in the world and the tallest in China - will join an elite group of megatall buildings. As today’s super tall buildings become taller and more complex,…
Case Study: Hong Kong International Commerce Centre
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue IV; David Malott, KPF
Soaring 484 meters (1,588 feet) above Victoria Harbor, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the essence of Hong Kong in one destination: high-powered finance, global tourism, luxury shopping, and world-class hospitality, all gathered in a…