Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • Scott Duncan

About Scott Duncan

Throughout his 16-year tenure at SOM, Scott Duncan has developed a body of work recognized by The American Institute of Architects, MIPIM Asia, World Architecture Festival, The Municipal Art Society of New York, and The Chicago Athenaeum. He offers extensive experience in the design and implementation of complex projects around the world—including large-scale mixed-use, transportation, commercial, hospitality, and residential developments in Asia.

Mr. Duncan’s most recent large-scale project, the Pertamina Energy Tower in Jakarta, is the world’s first supertall tower for which energy is the primary design driver. The iconic headquarters building is targeting GBCI Platinum Net Positive Energy Consumption, and it won a 2014 Best Futura Mega Project Award from MIPIM Asia.

Mr. Duncan’s work has been published in A+U, Architectural Record, Casabella, Forbes Publications, Metropolis, The…


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About Scott Duncan

Throughout his 16-year tenure at SOM, Scott Duncan has developed a body of work recognized by The American Institute of Architects, MIPIM Asia, World Architecture Festival, The Municipal Art Society of New York, and The Chicago Athenaeum. He offers extensive experience in the design and implementation of complex projects around the world—including large-scale mixed-use, transportation, commercial, hospitality, and residential developments in Asia.

Mr. Duncan’s most recent large-scale project, the Pertamina Energy Tower in Jakarta, is the world’s first supertall tower for which energy is the primary design driver. The iconic headquarters building is targeting GBCI Platinum Net Positive Energy Consumption, and it won a 2014 Best Futura Mega Project Award from MIPIM Asia.

Mr. Duncan’s work has been published in A+U, Architectural Record, Casabella, Forbes Publications, Metropolis, The New York Times, The Phaidon Atlas of World Architecture and the SOM Journal, an annual publication featuring selections of the firm’s best work as chosen by an external panel of experts. Mr. Duncan’s work has been exhibited at The Chicago Athenaeum, The Skyscraper Museum, and the 2002 Venice Biennale. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the SOM Foundation Travel Fellowship.

Mr. Duncan earned a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from Lehigh University.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Height and Data Committee, Chair (2018 – Present)
  • Past Roles:
  • Advisory Group (2015 – 2018)
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (New York 2015; China 2016; Middle East 2018)

Events/Initiatives Involving Scott Duncan

Height and Data Committee Call for Members and New Chair

9 Aug 2018, CTBUH News – CTBUH is reinvigorating its Height and Data Committee, seeking new members to…

Events/Initiatives Involving Scott Duncan

Height and Data Committee Call for Members and New Chair
9 Aug 2018, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH is reinvigorating its Height and Data Committee, seeking new members to join under the leadership of Scott Duncan, SOM, who has been named the new Chair.

Scott Duncan Related Resources

2015 New York Conference - Session 1a - Q&A

26 Oct 2015 – CTBUH 2015 New York Conference
Panel Questions & Answers

Guiyang World Trade Center: An Essay on the Concrete Tube Structure

26 Oct 2015 – CTBUH 2015 New York Conference
Scott Duncan, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Megacities: Design Challenges and Responses

17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV
Scott Duncan & Philip Enquist, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP

SOM and China: Evolving Skyscraper Design Amid Rapid Urban Growth

Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV
Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, SOM

Guiyang World Trade Center: An Essay on the Concrete Tube Structure

26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront
Scott Duncan, Brant Coletta & Rami Abou-Khalil, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Yuping Luo, Zhongtian Urban Development Group Co., Ltd

Scott Duncan Related Papers/Research

Megacities: Design Challenges and Responses
17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Scott Duncan & Philip Enquist, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP
As this issue and the International Conference are focused on the megacity phenomenon, this edition of Talking Tall features two people who have designed tall buildings, large projects, and entire urban areas in some of the world’s largest and most…
SOM and China: Evolving Skyscraper Design Amid Rapid Urban Growth
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, SOM
China’s rapid urban and economic growth has challenged designers, engineers, and planners to innovate and collaborate to meet the needs of a changing country. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been practicing in China for more than two decades,…
Guiyang World Trade Center: An Essay on the Concrete Tube Structure
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Scott Duncan, Brant Coletta & Rami Abou-Khalil, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Yuping Luo, Zhongtian Urban Development Group Co., Ltd
The acute global concern about resource depletion is driving a reconsideration of the tall-building typology. Expectations for energy and material efficiencies are always increasing – particularly for a highly-engineered building type like the…