Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • Juan Betancur

About Juan Betancur

Juan Betancur AIA, LEED AP, is a director at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, focusing on the design of high-performance tall and supertall buildings. Juan’s emphasis on sustainability in large-scale projects is distinguished by a track record of built work that is unusually extensive for a young architect. Juan has been one of the design leaders on a dozen intelligent high-rise buildings that are either completed or under construction. Currently, he is the Senior Architect on the Wuhan Greenland Center, a 606-meter tall mix use tower that when completed will be the world’s fourth tallest building. Juan was also the Senior Architect on the Head Offices for the Federation of Korean Industries in Seoul, Korea.

In his previous role at SOM, Juan worked on a number of now completed projects in China including Pearl River Tower, a 303-meter tower designed to harvest wind and solar energy…


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About Juan Betancur

Juan Betancur AIA, LEED AP, is a director at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, focusing on the design of high-performance tall and supertall buildings. Juan’s emphasis on sustainability in large-scale projects is distinguished by a track record of built work that is unusually extensive for a young architect. Juan has been one of the design leaders on a dozen intelligent high-rise buildings that are either completed or under construction. Currently, he is the Senior Architect on the Wuhan Greenland Center, a 606-meter tall mix use tower that when completed will be the world’s fourth tallest building. Juan was also the Senior Architect on the Head Offices for the Federation of Korean Industries in Seoul, Korea.

In his previous role at SOM, Juan worked on a number of now completed projects in China including Pearl River Tower, a 303-meter tower designed to harvest wind and solar energy in Guangzhou; Zifeng Tower, a 350,000 square meter mixed-use supertall building in Nanjing; and Shanghai Grand, a 40-story, 100,000 sm office building in Shanghai. In the process, he has become an expert in the design of exterior-wall systems for supertall buildings that incorporate passive and active sustainable strategies that help reduce the buildings’ energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Juan has also been active in education. He has taught studio classes and been a guest critic and lecturer at both the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Chicago. At AS+GG, he has developed a curated design lecture series that focuses on expanding the design discourse within the office, and has also taken a lead role in the mentoring of young designers at the firm.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Chapter Board Member, Chicago, Programs Manager (2018 – Present)
  • Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Chicago 2019)
  • Past Roles:
  • Future Leaders Committee, Chicago, Programs Manager (2018)
  • Awards Symposium, Speaker (2014)

Events/Initiatives Involving Juan Betancur

10th World Congress Inaugural Steering Committee Meeting

10th World Congress Inaugural Steering Committee Meeting

27 Nov 2018, Event Report – Plans for the 2019 CTBUH 10th World Congress are now well underway, beginning with…

Events/Initiatives Involving Juan Betancur

10th World Congress Inaugural Steering Committee Meeting
27 Nov 2018, Chicago – Event Report
Plans for the 2019 CTBUH 10th World Congress are now well underway, beginning with an initial meeting of the Steering Committee at the Chicago Architecture Center.

Juan Betancur Related Resources

2014 Awards - Session 1 Q&A

6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"
Chair: Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang

Interview: FKI Head Office Building

6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews
Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Putting a New Face on the “Glass Box”: FKI Head Office Building

6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"
Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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Multitasking Façade: How to Combine BIPV with Passive Solar Mitigation Strategies in a High-Rise Curtain Wall

Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4
Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower: Seamlessly Integrating Structure and Architecture

Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai
Guoyong Fu, Dennis Poon & Mark Dannettel, Thornton Tomasetti; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Juan Betancur Related Videos

2014 Awards - Session 1 Q&A
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Chair: Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang
Dr. Peter Irwin, Founding Partner, RWDI Consulting Engineers, Michael Adlerstein, Assistant Secretary-General & Executive Director, United Nations Capital Master Plan, John Gering, Managing Partner, HLW International, Juan Betancur, Director, Adrian…
Interview: FKI Head Office Building
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, is interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building Featured Finalist, the FKI Head Office Building, during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Putting a New Face on the “Glass Box”: FKI Head Office Building
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The new head offices for the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) are a major new addition to the skyline of Seoul, Korea. The tower features an innovative exterior wall, designed specifically for the project. The building’s unique skin helps reduce…
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower: Seamlessly Integrating Structure and Architecture
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Guoyong Fu & Mark Dannettel, Thornton Tomasetti; Juan Betancur, AS+GG
On track to become the 7th tallest building in the world, Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower is a 125-story, 600+ meter megatall tower in China. The project’s structural system has been developed to harmonize with the architecture as an integrated…

Juan Betancur Related Papers/Research

Multitasking Façade: How to Combine BIPV with Passive Solar Mitigation Strategies in a High-Rise Curtain Wall
Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper outlines the processes and strategies studied and selected by the team during the design stages of the project for the incorporation of BIPV into the tower’s façade. The goal was to create a system that helps reduce internal heating and…
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower: Seamlessly Integrating Structure and Architecture
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Guoyong Fu, Dennis Poon & Mark Dannettel, Thornton Tomasetti; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower is a 125-story, 600+ meter mega-tower in China. The tower structural system has been developed to harmonize with the architecture as an integrated whole to maximize efficiency and enhance safety. The distinctive…