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About Daniel Safarik

Daniel Safarik is overall Editor at CTBUH. His responsibilities include representing the Council at events and meetings, selecting and editing research papers, case studies and features for the CTBUH Journal, and managing content for CTBUH International Conferences. Safarik has co-authored or co-edited several of the Council’s recent technical publications.

He served as the Director of the China Office of CTBUH at Tongji University, Shanghai, from 2015 to 2017, spearheading the Council’s efforts to expand influence and membership in China.

Trained as an architect and a journalist, he was the director of marketing for Brooks + Scarpa Architects (formerly Pugh + Scarpa Architects) from 2008 to 2011. Safarik reported on technology or edited for business publications for 16 years, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist Group, Fast Company, Advanced Trading, Individual Investor, and…


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About Daniel Safarik

Daniel Safarik is overall Editor at CTBUH. His responsibilities include representing the Council at events and meetings, selecting and editing research papers, case studies and features for the CTBUH Journal, and managing content for CTBUH International Conferences. Safarik has co-authored or co-edited several of the Council’s recent technical publications.

He served as the Director of the China Office of CTBUH at Tongji University, Shanghai, from 2015 to 2017, spearheading the Council’s efforts to expand influence and membership in China.

Trained as an architect and a journalist, he was the director of marketing for Brooks + Scarpa Architects (formerly Pugh + Scarpa Architects) from 2008 to 2011. Safarik reported on technology or edited for business publications for 16 years, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist Group, Fast Company, Advanced Trading, Individual Investor, and others.

Safarik has presented or moderated at a number of construction and architecture-related conferences, including:

• Speaker, CTBUH 2016 International Conference, Shenzhen, China, Oct. 2016

• Moderator, Vertical City Conference, Tianjin, China, Oct. 2016

• Panelist, Urban Transitions Global Summit, Shanghai, Sept. 2016

• Session Chair, China Tall Building Awards, Shanghai, May 2016

• Session Chair, Moderator, 2015 International Conference, New York, October 2015

• Moderator, Discussion Panel, Architect @ Work Conference, Shanghai, July 2015

• Moderator, Discussion Panel, CTBUH Inaugural Japan Symposium, Tokyo, May 2015

• Content Manager, CTBUH 2015 International Conference, New York, Oct. 2015

• Content Manager, CTBUH 2014 International Conference, Shanghai, Sept. 2014

• Keynote Speaker, BOMA Suburban Office & Commercial Real Estate EXPO 2014, Oak Brook Terrace, USA, Feb. 2014

• Speaker, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, Feb. 2014

• Speaker, Construction Mongolia, 2013, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Oct. 2013

• Content Manager, CTBUH 2013 International Conference, London, June 2013

• Moderator, AltBuild, Santa Monica, USA, May 2012

Safarik was a contributing writer and/or editor on the following books:

China Best Tall Buildings: An Overview of 2016 China Skyscrapers Safarik, D. CITAB & CTBUH in conjunction with Tongji University Press, Shanghai, 2016

Best Tall Buildings: A Global Overview of 2014 Skyscrapers. A. Wood, S. Henry, D. Safarik, eds., CTBUH / IIT / Tongji University, Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group, Chicago, 2014

Ping An Finance Center: In Detail. A. Wood, W.M. Tsang, D. Safarik (eds.), CTBUH / IIT/ Tongji University, Chicago, 2014

Shanghai Tower: In Detail. A. Wood, W.M. Tsang, D. Safarik (eds.), CTBUH / IIT/ Tongji University, Chicago, 2014

Suzhou Greenland Center: In Detail. A. Wood, W.M. Tsang, D. Safarik (eds.), CTBUH / IIT/ Tongji University, Chicago, 2014

Green Walls in High-Rise Buildings. A. Wood, P. Bahrami, D. Safarik. CTBUH / IIT/ Tongji University / Images Publishing Group, Chicago, 2014

Best Tall Buildings: A Global Overview of 2013 Skyscrapers. A. Wood, S. Henry, D. Safarik, eds., CTBUH / IIT / Tongji University, Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group, Chicago, 2014

Green Studio Handbook, A. Kwok, W. Grondzik, D. Safarik (researcher). Architectural Press (Routledge), Abingdon, UK, 2006

Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, B. Stein, J. Reynolds, A. Kwok, W. Grondzik, D. Safarik (researcher). Wiley, Hoboken, USA, 2005

EDUCATION
University of Oregon, 2007: M. Architecture
Northwestern University, 1998: B. Science, Journalism

CTBUH Involvement

  • CTBUH Staff, Editor (2013 – Present)
  • Awards Interior Space Jury (2020)
  • Expert Peer Review Committee (2018 – Present)
  • First Skyscrapers Symposium, Steering Committee (2019)
  • Past Roles:
  • CTBUH Staff, China Office Director (2015 – 2017)
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (Shenzhen 2016; Chicago 2019)
  • Annual Conference, Session Chair (New York 2015; Shenzhen 2016; Middle East 2018; Chicago 2019)

Events/Initiatives Involving Daniel Safarik

Skybridges Research Team Visits Major Projects in China, Malaysia

31 Jul 2019, Event Report – Three researchers from the CTBUH Skybridges Research Team visited four key…

CTBUH Holds Half-Day Skybridges Symposium

18 Jul 2019, Event Report – More than 100 attendees gathered at Linked Hybrid for a symposium held in…

Latest Publication: Tall Buildings + Urban Habitat, Vol. 2

23 Apr 2019, CTBUH Publication – Tall Buildings + Urban Habitat: Volume 2, explores the projects,…

Events/Initiatives Involving Daniel Safarik

Skybridges Research Team Visits Major Projects in China, Malaysia
31 Jul 2019, Shenzhen – Event Report
Three researchers from the CTBUH Skybridges Research Team visited four key skybridge-linked projects in Shenzhen, Chongqing, Beijing, and Kuala Lumpur.
CTBUH Holds Half-Day Skybridges Symposium
18 Jul 2019, Beijing – Event Report
More than 100 attendees gathered at Linked Hybrid for a symposium held in conjunction with the forthcoming skybridge research project, “Bringing the Horizontal Into the Vertical Realm.”
Latest Publication: Tall Buildings + Urban Habitat, Vol. 2
23 Apr 2019, Chicago – CTBUH Publication
Tall Buildings + Urban Habitat: Volume 2, explores the projects, technologies, and approaches currently reshaping skylines and urban spaces worldwide.
Skybridges Research: CTBUH / IIT Studio Visit
11 Apr 2019, New York City – Event Report
As part of the Skybridges research project, CTBUH and IIT College of Architecture traveled to NYC for presentations, workshops, and meetings regarding Skybridge designs.
Two New CTBUH Technical Guides Released
8 Nov 2018, Chicago – CTBUH Publication
The CTBUH has released two new Technical Guides, focused on Façade Access and Maintenance and Skyspaces in Tall Buildings.
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.
Smart Building Technology Working Group Meets at 2018 Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Smart Technology Working Group held its first meeting at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference, with the goal of producing a document on smart technologies for tall buildings.
Skybridges Research Project Holds First Meeting
19 Oct 2018, Dubai – CTBUH News
The CTBUH Skybridges research project steering committee held its initial kickoff meeting, just ahead of the 2018 Middle East Conference.
Robotics Research Project Holds First Meeting
19 Oct 2018, Dubai – CTBUH News
The CTBUH Robotics in Tall Building Construction research project steering committee held its initial kickoff meeting, just ahead of the 2018 Middle East Conference.
Talking Tall: Engineering a Better Future
27 Jul 2018, Chicago – CTBUH Journal Paper
In the 2018 CTBUH Journal Issue III, Aine Brazil, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti, talks about her career highlights in high-rises and the support for more women in engineering.
IIT Students Tour at SCB and Lurie Children's Hospital
7 Feb 2018, Chicago – Tour Report
As part of the CTBUH-IIT Academic Courses, a group of IIT architecture students visited the SCB Chicago Office on February 7.
CTBUH Staff Taste Riverfront Lifestyle at Chicago’s Wolf Point
8 Dec 2017, Chicago – Tour Report
As a treat for a long year of hard work, CTBUH staff members took a top-to-bottom tour of Wolf Point West, a luxury apartment tower that sits on the Chicago River.
CTBUH Urban Habitat/Urban Design Workshop Held at 2017 Conference
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat/Urban Design Committee held its third annual meeting and workshop, which included presentations by James Parakh and Chris Proctor.
CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, bringing together the Council’s leaders.
CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Student 2017 Conference Tour
28 Oct-3 Nov 2017, Sydney – Tour Report
Students from the 2017–2018 CTBUH-IIT design research studio attended the 2017 CTBUH International Conference and toured Sydney.
CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Midterm Fall Review
13 Oct 2017, Chicago – Event
During a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and supported by AECOM, IIT architecture students presented their design research studio projects in Crown Hall.
CTBUH Supports High-Rise Conference at Samara State University
4-7 Sep 2017, Samara – Event Report
22 speakers discussed the state of high-rise design & construction at this conference, a partner event between the CTBUH and Samara State Technical University.
SuperTEC Visit to CTBUH China Office
17 Jan 2017, Shanghai – Tour Report
The CTBUH China Office hosted a visit from SuperTEC, a consortium of researchers and practitioners from Korea University and Dankook University in Seoul.
2016 CTBUH Leaders Meeting Report
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Annual Leaders Meeting was held this year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference in China, bringing together the Council’s leaders from around the world.
2016 Vertical City Conference
12-14 Oct 2016, Tianjin – CTBUH-Related News common.non-ctbuh
This event will explore how the Vertical City concept can contribute to the development of metropolitan areas and mega metropolitan areas, such as "Jing Jin Ji" in China.
Global Twilight Walking Tours
25 Aug 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH UH/UD Committee organized its third annual Global Walking Tours in 13 cities around the world, examining public spaces in a twilight setting.
Shanghai Tower Signboard Ceremony
13 May 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH joined Shanghai Tower officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower as the tallest building in China.
TJAD Hosts CTBUH China for Year in Review Event
3 Mar 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China’s first 2016 event was a look back at a record-setting 2015, from the perspective of the country that contributed the greatest number of tall buildings 200 meters or higher.
2015–2016 Design Research Studio Final Reviews
15 Jan 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
Tongji students in the collaborative design studio, “Network Reshaping Downtown: Transit-Oriented Mega-Development,”presented their final designs.
Future Places Workshop
18 Nov 2015, Beijing – Event Report
The second CTBUH Beijing Chapter workshop placed a particular emphasis on the subject of future workplaces and the importance of a robust marketing campaign for tall buildings.
World Trade Center: One WTC Office Building Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured One World Trade Center Office Building which is the current tallest building in the Americas.
Jersey City Urban Tour & Reception
28 Oct 2015, Jersey City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Jersey City which will has been transformed from a post-industrial backwater to a mini-Manhattan across the Hudson.
CTBUH, Tongji Press Sign Two More Publishing Agreements
18 Sep 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
Zhi Wenjun, TJUP, and Daniel Safarik, CTBUH, recently signed an agreement covering several publications, including a Chinese language version of the CTBUH Journal.
CTBUH, Tongji Press Sign Publishing Agreement
16 Jul 2015, Shanghai – CTBUH News
CTBUH signed the first of several planned publishing contracts with Tongji University Press for the book related to the 2016 International Conference.
Panel Handles Mean, Green Questions at Architect @ Work in China
3 Jul 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
As part of its role as a strategic partner of the Architect @ Work China Conference in Shanghai, CTBUH hosted a panel discussion entitled “Greening the Vertical Habitat.”
Inaugural Japan Symposium Rises to the Occasion in Tokyo
22 May 2015, Tokyo – Event Report
CTBUH held its inaugural Japan Symposium at the Academy Hills lecture hall of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, bringing together leading experts
CTBUH China Office Kicks Off
18 Mar 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH China Office / Asia Headquarters officially launched at CAUP at Tongji University with the inaugural board meeting and a reception
Miami Grows Up
16-20 Feb 2015, Miami – Tour Report
Daniel Safarik, CTBUH China Office Director & Journal Editor, visited Miami to engage with firms, welcome new members, and gain a understanding of a fast growing tall building market.
Nanjing Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Nanjing – Tour Report
After getting the high speed train from Shanghai, delegates toured the Suning Gulou Ruicheng project, followed by a trip to the rooftop of one of its 250-meter office buildings.
Jing An Kerry Centre Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
At the Jing An Kerry Centre, the overall sense of luxury was amplified by traveling through the lushly appointed lobby and convention spaces of the Shangri-La Hotel on-site.
Tomorrow Square Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
Delegates toured the 37th floor of Tomorrow Square, which takes advantage of the building’s 45-degree plan shift by offering views in at least eight directions.
Building Management and Operation Workshop, Shanghai 2014
16 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The workshop “Building Management and Operation” shed light on the critical period of a building’s life after the designs have been submitted and the ribbons have been cut.
Wind Engineering Workshop, Shanghai 2014
16 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event
Design adaptation in tall buildings was a main theme in the Technical Workshop, "Wind Engineering," at the Shanghai 2014 Conference.
CTBUH Helps CAF Answer "What Do You Mean by TALL?" with LEGOs
19 Feb 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH helped the CAF launch its “Drinks + Design” adult-education evening program for 2014, by supervising and judging the designs of about a dozen teams of LEGO skyscrapers
CTBUH Staff Given Tour of AMA Plaza
13 Dec 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
In keeping with its annual tradition, CTBUH staff enjoyed a tall-building tour as part of its holiday party, exploring the newly remodeled AMA Plaza.
CTBUH Joins Launch of Mongolian Tower
22 Oct 2013, Ulaanbaatar – Tour Report
Editor Daniel Safarik attended and spoke at the launch of the Morin Khuur Tower at the Construction Mongolia 2013 Expo.
New York’s New Delirium
Oct 2013, New York City – Tour Report
At least five once-in-a-lifetime multi-acre projects are underway in New York. CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik reports on his journey to investigate further.
Tower 42 Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The tallest building in the United Kingdom from 1980 until 1991 and the first major skyscraper in the City of London, Tower 42 encapsulates the theme of the conference: Height and Heritage.
One Canada Square + Canary Wharf Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
A tour of Canary Wharf is an object lesson in the kind of place-making that can stem from the exploitation of an increasing rarity and developer’s delight: a 100-acre blank space in a major metropolitan area.
City of London Walking Tour Report with Peter Rees
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
To truly gain an understanding of how to reconcile “Height and Heritage” one of the best options was to accompany the man whose job it is to do just exactly that. Peter Wynne Rees has been the chief planner for the City of London for 28 years.
Broadgate Tower Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The Broadgate Tower was the first tower building in the City designed specifically for the speculative market.
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day One
11 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including the Opening Plenary and Conference Dinner.

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Daniel Safarik 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

Megacities: Setting the Scene

17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Daniel Safarik, CTBUH

New York 2050

27 Oct 2015 – CTBUH 2015 New York Conference
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group; Scott Frank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles; Russel Unger, Urban Green & Tom Wright, Regional Plan Association

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What Makes for Tall Building Innovation?

Apr 2019 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue II
Daniel Safarik, CTBUH

Best Tall Buildings 2019: Dominant Trends

Apr 2019 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue II
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Skybridges: A History and a View to the Near Future

Mar 2019 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 8 Number 1
Antony Wood & Daniel Safairk, CTBUH

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Daniel Safarik 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
Megacities: Setting the Scene
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
The rise of the megacity presents unprecedented opportunities to understand the human urbanization project, and to observe the effects of multi-core, polycentric cities growing together to effectively become one. This presentation / presentation…
New York 2050
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group; Scott Frank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles; Russel Unger, Urban Green & Tom Wright, Regional Plan Association
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group; Scott Frank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles; Russel Unger, Urban Green; and Tom Wright, Regional Plan Association, discuss the future of New York City and answer audience questions at the 2015 New York Conference Session…
Construction Mongolia 2013 Expo
22 Oct 2013 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Daniel Safarik
CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik presents at Construction Mongolia 2013 Expo at the invitation of CTBUH Supporting Contributor Morin Khuur Tower LLC on the history and future of the tall building.

Daniel Safarik Related Papers/Research

What Makes for Tall Building Innovation?
Apr 2019 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue II; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
In this paper, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat seeks to define “innovation” in terms of the potentially transformative technologies and practices for tall buildings, which have received recognition through its Awards program since…
Best Tall Buildings 2019: Dominant Trends
Apr 2019 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue II; CTBUH
This year, CTBUH has vastly expanded its Awards program to consider the Best Tall Building category through several classes of height, rather than geographic regions, and seven new awards categories have been introduced, to recognize the specific…
Skybridges: A History and a View to the Near Future
Mar 2019 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 8 Number 1; Antony Wood & Daniel Safairk, CTBUH
As many architects and visionaries have shown over a period spanning more than a century, the re-creation of the urban realm in the sky through connections between buildings at height has a vast potential for the enrichment of our cities. To many it…
The Tall, Polycentric City: Dubai and the Future of Vertical Urbanism
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV; Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood, CTBUH
The development pattern of Dubai, host city of the 2018 CTBUH Middle East Conference core program, typifies the polycentric city phenomenon more than most cities. This paper analyzes the conditions and characteristics of Dubai’s tall polycentrism…
Towering Aspirations in Dubai and Beyond
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV; Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Emaar Properties
In 2008, CTBUH held its Eighth World Congress in Dubai, at which time the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, was still under construction. His Excellency Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, took the stage to address the…
Engineering a Better Future
Jul 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue III; Aine Brazil, Thornton Tomasetti
Aine Brazil, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti, is the recipient of the 2018 CTBUH Fazlur R. Khan Medal. Through a 40-plus-year career, she has been responsible for the design and construction of some of the most significant high-rise buildings in…
Megacities: Setting the Scene
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The rise of the megacity presents unprecedented opportunities to understand the human urbanization phenomenon, and to observe the effects of multicore, polycentric cities growing together to effectively become one. This paper establishes the criteria…
The Other Side of Tall Buildings: The Urban Habitat
Feb 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
A growing number of tall buildings recognized by the CTBUH, through its international awards programs and research, are noteworthy not so much because of their sheer height or engineering feats, but because of their contribution to the urban habitat…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
Learning From 50 Years of Hong Kong Skybridges
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; James Robinson, Hongkong Land
Hongkong Land was instrumental in developing Hong Kong’s famous network of skybridges between buildings. CTBUH Editor Daniel Safarik spoke to James Robinson, Executive Director of Hongkong Land about the past, present, and future of skybridges.
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over the past decade.