Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • Brian McElhatten

About Brian McElhatten

Brian McElhatten is an Associate Principal and leads Arup Chicago’s structural group. He has worked around the world throughout his career on notable projects including the 70-story Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China; the 450m Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, China; four 60+ story towers in New York City; two 100+ story towers in South Korea, as well as numerous other building types. Previously, Brian was an associate director of structural engineering for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He served as the project engineer on multiple, simultaneous projects and oversaw engineers in the Chicago and New York City offices.

With his diverse background, Brian brings a wide range of skills and leadership to Arup, and possesses broad experience in all phases of design and construction. He has extensive knowledge of tall building systems, analysis, design and construction.

Brian holds bachelors and master’s…


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About Brian McElhatten

Brian McElhatten is an Associate Principal and leads Arup Chicago’s structural group. He has worked around the world throughout his career on notable projects including the 70-story Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China; the 450m Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, China; four 60+ story towers in New York City; two 100+ story towers in South Korea, as well as numerous other building types. Previously, Brian was an associate director of structural engineering for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He served as the project engineer on multiple, simultaneous projects and oversaw engineers in the Chicago and New York City offices.

With his diverse background, Brian brings a wide range of skills and leadership to Arup, and possesses broad experience in all phases of design and construction. He has extensive knowledge of tall building systems, analysis, design and construction.

Brian holds bachelors and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), the Structural Engineering Association of Illinois (SEAOI), the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Tall Building Committee, and the ASCE National Technical Program Committee where he is a Topic Chair for Buildings for the National Structures Congress.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Chapter Vice-Chair, Chicago (2018 – Present)
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (Chicago 2019)
  • Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Chicago 2019)
  • Past Roles:
  • Future Leaders Committee, Global, Chicago (2018)
  • Future Leaders Committee, Chicago, Co-Chair (2018)

Events/Initiatives Involving Brian McElhatten

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…

CTBUH Leaders Meet at Annual Awards Event

CTBUH Leaders Meet at Annual Awards Event

1 Jun 2018, Event Report – The first 2018 Leaders Meeting brought together CTBUH leaders from around the world…

Events/Initiatives Involving Brian McElhatten

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.
CTBUH Leaders Meet at Annual Awards Event
1 Jun 2018, Chicago – Event Report
The first 2018 Leaders Meeting brought together CTBUH leaders from around the world to provide mid-year updates on the Council's major initiatives.

Brian McElhatten Related Resources

Performance-Based Evaluation for the 450m Nanjing Greenland Financial Center Main Tower

May 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue II
Charles M. Besjak, Brian J. McElhatten & Preetam Biswas, SOM

Brian McElhatten Related Papers/Research

Performance-Based Evaluation for the 450m Nanjing Greenland Financial Center Main Tower
May 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue II; Charles M. Besjak, Brian J. McElhatten & Preetam Biswas, SOM
In order to obtain seismic review approval for the Nanjing State-Owned Assets & Greenland Financial Center's Main Tower, one of the tallest structures in the world to date, enjanced design measures and performance-based evaluations were utilized.