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About Travis Soberg

Travis Soberg is a principal at Goettsch Partners, as well as the firm’s director of sustainable design. Mr. Soberg joined GP in 1998 and has worked on some of the firm’s most prominent projects. With the growth and expansion of the firm’s international work, Mr. Soberg has played a pivotal role in leading the technical design direction on large-scale office, hotel and mixed-use projects, with a primary focus on supertall towers.

Key projects in China include the 980-foot-tall R&F Yinkai Square mixed-use tower, which features the 208-key Park Hyatt Guangzhou; a five-tower, 5 million-square-foot mixed-use development in the Qianhai district of Shenzhen; and the 1,320-foot-tall Nanning China Resources Center Tower, which features the 270-key Shangri-La Nanning. Select additional projects include the Rosewood Sanya and International Finance Forum complex in Sanya, China, and the Grand Hyatt…


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About Travis Soberg

Travis Soberg is a principal at Goettsch Partners, as well as the firm’s director of sustainable design. Mr. Soberg joined GP in 1998 and has worked on some of the firm’s most prominent projects. With the growth and expansion of the firm’s international work, Mr. Soberg has played a pivotal role in leading the technical design direction on large-scale office, hotel and mixed-use projects, with a primary focus on supertall towers.

Key projects in China include the 980-foot-tall R&F Yinkai Square mixed-use tower, which features the 208-key Park Hyatt Guangzhou; a five-tower, 5 million-square-foot mixed-use development in the Qianhai district of Shenzhen; and the 1,320-foot-tall Nanning China Resources Center Tower, which features the 270-key Shangri-La Nanning. Select additional projects include the Rosewood Sanya and International Finance Forum complex in Sanya, China, and the Grand Hyatt Bogotá in Bogotá, Colombia.

In leading the firm’s sustainable design efforts, Mr. Soberg promotes an approach to sustainability that is fundamental to the firm’s practice and integral to the quality of GP’s work. Sustainable solutions are developed as attentive responses to the specifics of a project and are celebrated when they bring measurable value to clients. In recognition of his efforts to promote sustainable design, Mr. Soberg received the 2010 AIA Chicago President’s Citation for Services on the 2030 Challenge Committee, where he helped establish the method for uniformly measuring progress for all firms in their efforts toward the 2030 reduction goal.

Mr. Soberg is a member of the AIA and a LEED Accredited Professional. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State University.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Height and Data Committee (2018 – Present)
  • Past Roles:
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (China 2016)
  • Annual Conference, Session Chair (Shanghai 2012)

Events/Initiatives Involving Travis Soberg

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – CTBUH Leaders convened on Day 1 of the 2018 Middle East Conference for updates on…

Height & Data Committee Meets at 2018 Middle East Conference

Height & Data Committee Meets at 2018 Middle East Conference

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – The CTBUH Height and Data Committee met to discuss several key definitions of…

Shanghai Congress Important Steering Committee Meeting

Shanghai Congress Important Steering Committee Meeting

Feb 2012, Event Report – A major meeting of the Shanghai Congress Local Steering Committee was held in the very…

Events/Initiatives Involving Travis Soberg

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Leaders convened on Day 1 of the 2018 Middle East Conference for updates on the year's developments and to plan for 2019.
Height & Data Committee Meets at 2018 Middle East Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Height and Data Committee met to discuss several key definitions of structural types, as well as some urban-scale considerations.
Shanghai Congress Important Steering Committee Meeting
Feb 2012, Shanghai – Event Report
A major meeting of the Shanghai Congress Local Steering Committee was held in the very appropriate setting of the Shanghai Tower construction site.
Tall Buildings and Sustainability Working Group - 3rd Meeting
26 Feb 2009, Chicago – Event
The third meeting of the CTBUH Tall Buildings and Sustainability Working Group took place on February 26th 2009, at the Chicago office of Environmental Systems Design.
Tall Buildings and Sustainability Working Group Update
Nov 2008, Chicago – CTBUH News
Two meetings channeled the efforts of the Sustainability Working Group into an anticipated 80,000 word, 200-page, richly illustrated book.
Tall Buildings and Sustainability Working Group Update
Oct 2008, Chicago – CTBUH News
The Working Group have announced the chapter plan for a 200-page, richly illustrated book, entitled the ‘CTBUH Guide to Sustainabilty for Tall Buildings in Urban Environments’.
Sustainability Working Group - 2nd Meeting
2 Oct 2008, Chicago – Event Report
Discussions at this meeting centered on the creation of a significant new publication “The CTBUH Guide to Sustainability for Tall Buildings in Urban Environments.”

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Travis Soberg Related Resources

Megacities - Setting the Scene Q&A

17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Daniel Safarik, CTBUH; Peter Kindel, Skidmore Owings & Merrill; Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners

From Meadows to Megacities: Creating Urban Density in the Pearl River Region

17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners

3 Environments, 3 Programs, 3 Solutions

21 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai
Paul De Santis, Goettsch Partners

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From Meadows to Megacities: Creating Urban Density in the Pearl River Region

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners

3 Environments, 3 Programs, 3 Solutions

19 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai
Paul De Santis & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners

Three Environments, Three Programs, Three Solutions

Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai
Paul Santis & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners

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Travis Soberg Related Videos

Megacities - Setting the Scene Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH; Peter Kindel, Skidmore Owings & Merrill; Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Daniel Safarik, CTBUH; Peter Kindel, Skidmore Owings & Merrill; Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners, answer questions at the end of the 2016 China Conference Session 2b: Megacities - Setting the Scene
From Meadows to Megacities: Creating Urban Density in the Pearl River Region
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The Greater Pearl River Delta region emerged as a result of China's 1979 reform policies. Within the last 20 years, the GPRD has grown from a population of less than 10 million people on 4500 sq km of land to over 42 million people on 7000 sq km of…
3 Environments, 3 Programs, 3 Solutions
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Paul De Santis, Goettsch Partners
Three buildings with three different environments are analyzed to consider the three unique solutions developed for each project. Through a critical assessment of the impact local conditions have on tall buildings, the role of cities in generating…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 16: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ; Kyung Wook Seo, Kyonggi University; Robert Mankin & Jonathan Ward, NBBJ ; Steve Watts, Davis Langdon; Paul DeSantis, Principal & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners; Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham; Michael Wiener, Gensler
Question & Answers session for Track Session 16.
Vertical Expansion Leads to Innovative Solutions
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Paul De Santis & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The 300 East Randolph building establishes a new standard for innovation in the Chicago skyline. Responding to the programmatic need to accommodate flexibility for future growth, the 57-story, 2.35 million-square-foot project was divided into two…

Travis Soberg Related Papers/Research

From Meadows to Megacities: Creating Urban Density in the Pearl River Region
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The Greater Pearl River Delta region emerged as a result of China’s 1979 reform policies. Within the last 20 years, the GPRD has grown from a population of less than 10 million people on 4500 sq km of land to over 42 million people on 7000 sq km of…
3 Environments, 3 Programs, 3 Solutions
19 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Paul De Santis & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The effects of climate change, increased population, and lack of natural resources are global issues. As the world continues to consolidate into regional urban centers, the role of cities in providing solutions to these issues becomes more pronounced…
Three Environments, Three Programs, Three Solutions
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Paul Santis & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The effects of climate change, increased population, and lack of natural resources are global issues. As the world continues to consolidate into regional urban centers, the role of cities in providing solutions to these issues becomes more pronounced…
Vertical Expansion Leads to Innovative Solutions
Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Travis Soberg & Paul De Santis, Goettsch Partners
The 57 story 300 East Randolph building has established a new standard for innovation in the Chicago skyline. Responding to the programmatic need to accommodate the flexibility for future growth, the 2.35 million square foot project was divided into…