Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • Sean Ahrens

About Sean Ahrens

Mr. Ahrens is a well-known security/resilience leader, whose accomplishments span the globe. He has facilitated risk, loss, shrinkage and created technological and operation controls for Tall buildings both domestically and internationally. He is well known for the development of strategic operational, technical and physical security programs for a myriad of Clients. Culminating decades of achievement in the security space, Mr. Ahrens, in 2014, received two awards for security innovation for his contributions on the Doha Qatar Petroleum Headquarters project.

Mr. Ahrens has also offered thought leadership in the development of security standards and guides. A former founding member of the ASIS commission on guidelines, he has contributed to a number of security guides and standards and continues his work now with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). In this role, he is…


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About Sean Ahrens

Mr. Ahrens is a well-known security/resilience leader, whose accomplishments span the globe. He has facilitated risk, loss, shrinkage and created technological and operation controls for Tall buildings both domestically and internationally. He is well known for the development of strategic operational, technical and physical security programs for a myriad of Clients. Culminating decades of achievement in the security space, Mr. Ahrens, in 2014, received two awards for security innovation for his contributions on the Doha Qatar Petroleum Headquarters project.

Mr. Ahrens has also offered thought leadership in the development of security standards and guides. A former founding member of the ASIS commission on guidelines, he has contributed to a number of security guides and standards and continues his work now with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). In this role, he is developing a security guideline to assist developers and owners in the selection, of security controls for tall buildings and urban habitats.

Mr. Ahrens continues his thought leadership with resilience, master planning, risk/threat/vulnerability assessment and security technology design. His experience includes surveillance, control enter design, convergence, PSIM, Access Control, Door hardware, Intrusion Detection and he has professional competence in higher threats/vulnerabilities involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, force protection, and related pedestrian screening technologies.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Working Group: Security, Chair (2014 – Present)
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (Chicago 2019)

Events/Initiatives Involving Sean Ahrens

Now Available: Tall Building Security Technical Guide

25 Jul 2019, CTBUH Publication – This guide explores critical tall building security factors—such as…

Research Kick-off Meeting: Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators

Research Kick-off Meeting: Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators

30 Aug 2016, Event Report – The kick-off meeting for the CTBUH research project on rope-less, non-vertical…

Events/Initiatives Involving Sean Ahrens

Now Available: Tall Building Security Technical Guide
25 Jul 2019, Chicago – CTBUH Publication
This guide explores critical tall building security factors—such as site context, asset identification, access control systems, and positioning.
Research Kick-off Meeting: Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators
30 Aug 2016, Chicago – Event Report
The kick-off meeting for the CTBUH research project on rope-less, non-vertical elevators sponsored by thyssenkrupp AG was held on the campus of IIT.

Sean Ahrens Related Resources

Securing Iconic Structures

May 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue II
Sean Ahrens, Aon; Stephen Yas, MulvannyG2 Architecture

Sean Ahrens Related Papers/Research

Securing Iconic Structures
May 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue II; Sean Ahrens, Aon; Stephen Yas, MulvannyG2 Architecture
This paper emphasizes the importance of integrating security programming into building design, allowing for different uses and threat levels for the life of the building. Security strategies will be evaluated that can be applied to any building.