Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

About Girish Dravid

Girish Dravid has been involved in propagating CTBUH objectives in India since 2013. The India Chapter was officially established in September 2015. Currently, he is the Chairman of CTBUH India.

Girish is Director at Sterling Engineering Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., a Structural Engineering organization in the forefront in India. The company provides consultancy services in all major cities in India and countries such as UAE, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Muscat.

Having witnessed the growth of Tall Buildings in India which was concomitant to his professional career, Girish is passionate about the subject. Being a resident of Mumbai, the home to the very early and now having the maximum number of high rise buildings in the country, he also understands the social, cultural, economic, and developmental problems that are associated with the high density development in a 400 year old…


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About Girish Dravid

Girish Dravid has been involved in propagating CTBUH objectives in India since 2013. The India Chapter was officially established in September 2015. Currently, he is the Chairman of CTBUH India.

Girish is Director at Sterling Engineering Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., a Structural Engineering organization in the forefront in India. The company provides consultancy services in all major cities in India and countries such as UAE, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Muscat.

Having witnessed the growth of Tall Buildings in India which was concomitant to his professional career, Girish is passionate about the subject. Being a resident of Mumbai, the home to the very early and now having the maximum number of high rise buildings in the country, he also understands the social, cultural, economic, and developmental problems that are associated with the high density development in a 400 year old populous island city.

Girish Dravid is alumni of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) from where he completed both his Graduation in Civil Engineering (1981) and Post-Graduation in Structural Engineering (1983). In his long career spanning 33 years, he has led structural engineers' teams to design a variety of projects that include large and complex residential, commercial, retail, luxury hotels and office buildings, infrastructure projects, convention centres, exhibition halls, railway stations, power plants and energy distribution stations, industrial buildings, and sports facilities. His particular interest though, lies in high rise buildings. He has conceptualized many innovative structural solutions that involve outriggers, vertical post tensioning of shear cores, composite construction, steel frames, deep transfer girders, damping systems, and other pioneering ideas. He is particularly known for his aptitude to produce designs that are construction friendly and that achieve systemic project optimization and minimizing visual structural intrusion in spatial experience.

Some of the major projects that can be picked up from Girish's sterling credentials are Grand Chola Hotel at Chennai, Grand Central Hotel at Mumbai, Palais Royale - the current tallest residential building in Mumbai, ICICI Regional Head Quarter at Hyderabad - the largest office building constructed with structural steel in India, TSI Bar Building at Hyderabad - the longest (200 m) monolithic building in India, Chepauk Cricket Stadium at Chennai, and the under construction 8 million sq.ft. convention and exhibition complex at Mumbai.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Chapter Chair, India (2015 – Present)
  • Past Roles:
  • Country Representative, India (2012 – 2015)
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2012)

Events/Initiatives Involving Girish Dravid

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…

Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference

Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – CTBUH Chapters, Regional Representatives, and Future Leaders Committees met during…

"Meet the Authors of Wind Code" Half-Day Seminar

18 Nov 2017, Event Report – CTBUH India organized a half-day seminar, the venue of which was sponsored by…

Events/Initiatives Involving Girish Dravid

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.
Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Chapters, Regional Representatives, and Future Leaders Committees met during the Middle East Conference for a discussion on the Council's regional growth and global initiatives.
"Meet the Authors of Wind Code" Half-Day Seminar
18 Nov 2017, Mumbai – Event Report
CTBUH India organized a half-day seminar, the venue of which was sponsored by Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering.
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 India and Sri Lanka Host 2017 Regional Tall Buildings Forum
23 Feb 2017, Colombo – Event Report
The 2017 Regional Tall Buildings Forum was held, together with the first Global Lift and Escalator Expo at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre in Colombo.
CTBUH India: Fire and Life Safety Event Report
22 Jul 2016, Mumbai – Event Report
The CTBUH India Chapter, in collaboration with the Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI), held a seminar and discussion forum on July 22 at the Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai.
Draft Code Technical Discussion Held by CTBUH India
11 Apr 2015, Mumbai – Event Report
CTBUH India organized a half-day technical discussion on the draft code with twenty-one prominent practicing structural engineers discussing it's theoretical background
CTBUH Leaders Discuss Ways to Broaden Council Membership
15 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The leadership of the Council convened in the Leaders Meeting to participate in discussions about how to widen the Council’s reach and effectiveness.

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Girish Dravid Related Resources

The Design and Construction of the Palais Royale, Mumbai, India

21 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai
Joseph Colaco, CBM Engineers India; Girish Dravid, Sterling Engineering

Track 28: Other Developments in Asia Q & A

21 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai
Presentation Questions & Answers

Debating Tall: Should Tall Buildings be Demolished For Non-Safety Reasons?

28 Jul 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue III
Arthur Wellington, Thornton Tomasetti; Girish Dravid, Sterling Engineering

Ambitious Mumbai Project – Cluster Development for large scale Redevelopment of Urban Habitat

26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City
Abbas Master & Girish Dravid, Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust

The Design and Construction of the Palais Royale, Mumbai

Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai
Joseph Colaco, CBM Engineers; Girish Dravid, Sterling Engineering Consultancy Services; Vikas Kasliwal, Shree Ram Urban Infrastructure

Girish Dravid Related Papers/Research

Debating Tall: Should Tall Buildings be Demolished For Non-Safety Reasons?
28 Jul 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue III; Arthur Wellington, Thornton Tomasetti; Girish Dravid, Sterling Engineering
In several developing nations recently, skyscrapers were found to have been constructed in violation of local laws, and have been ordered demolished. In some cases, these are safety-related violations; in others not. Considering the expense, safety…
Ambitious Mumbai Project – Cluster Development for large scale Redevelopment of Urban Habitat
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Abbas Master & Girish Dravid, Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust
Urban decay is plaguing a majority of the world’s great cities. These cities, established at the turn of 20th century, have buildings and the accompanying infrastructure constructed over a century ago, which have become obsolete in the era of rapid…
The Design and Construction of the Palais Royale, Mumbai
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Joseph Colaco, CBM Engineers; Girish Dravid, Sterling Engineering Consultancy Services; Vikas Kasliwal, Shree Ram Urban Infrastructure
This paper describes the design and construction of the Palais Royale Residential Tower in downtown Mumbai, India (the tower is 325 m. tall from the bottom of the raft to the top of the roof cap). When completed it will be the tallest building in…