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

About Julian Chen

As an architect specializing in the design of tall buildings and high-density master plans, Julian has a keen interest in office and mixed-use developments that marry market intelligence with social and environmental aspirations.

From concept to construction, Julian has extensive experience in working with international teams on award winning projects in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and most recently Australia. Prior to joining Henning Larsen, Julian began his career in London where he worked on a number of high-profile projects in the UK at Richard Rogers Partnership. In London, Julian was inspired by the latest thinking and technology in tall building design and construction and subsequently developed a passion for this area in architecture.

In Denmark, Julian plays an active role in the dissemination of knowledge in tall building design. He is Chairman of the Scandinavian…


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About Julian Chen

As an architect specializing in the design of tall buildings and high-density master plans, Julian has a keen interest in office and mixed-use developments that marry market intelligence with social and environmental aspirations.

From concept to construction, Julian has extensive experience in working with international teams on award winning projects in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and most recently Australia. Prior to joining Henning Larsen, Julian began his career in London where he worked on a number of high-profile projects in the UK at Richard Rogers Partnership. In London, Julian was inspired by the latest thinking and technology in tall building design and construction and subsequently developed a passion for this area in architecture.

In Denmark, Julian plays an active role in the dissemination of knowledge in tall building design. He is Chairman of the Scandinavian Chapter of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and a frequent contributor to publications and commentaries on the subject of tall buildings.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Chapter Chair, Scandinavia (2018 – Present)
  • Expert Peer Review Committee (2014 – Present, 2018 – Present)
  • Past Roles:
  • Country Representative, Denmark (2012 – 2018)
  • Height and Data Committee (2013 – 2017)
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2014; Middle East 2018)
  • Annual Conference, Session Chair (China 2016)

Events/Initiatives Involving Julian Chen

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…

Four New Chapters Formed in 2018

Four New Chapters Formed in 2018

19 Oct 2018, CTBUH News – In 2018, CTBUH established four new Chapters in Hong Kong, Philadelphia,…

Events/Initiatives Involving Julian Chen

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.
Four New Chapters Formed in 2018
19 Oct 2018, Chicago – CTBUH News
In 2018, CTBUH established four new Chapters in Hong Kong, Philadelphia, Scandinavia and Seattle, more than have ever been established in a single year.
Debating Tall: Landscrapers vs. Skyscrapers
16 Apr 2018, Chicago – CTBUH Journal Paper
In the CTBUH 2018 Journal Issue II, two experts debate the ideal manifestation of the built office environment.
CTBUH Scandinavia Symposium - Fire and Tall Buildings
9 Mar 2017, Copenhagen – Event Report
Following the success of its inaugural symposium on tall building design and construction, CTBUH Scandinavia held its second gathering of professionals.
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.
The Future of Tall Buildings in Scandinavia
28 May 2015, Copenhagen – Event Report
CTBUH Scandinavia held a successful inaugural event in Copenhagen, featuring keynote presentations by internationally renowned tall building experts.
CTBUH Representatives Accompany Saudi Visit to Qatar, UAE
Oct 2014 – Tour Report
Henning Larsen Architects have been commissioned to design a sizable new headquarters building for a key Saudi organization and visited similar projects in Qatar and UAE.
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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Julian Chen Related Resources

CTBUH 2016 China Conference Jeddah City & Jeddah Tower Q&A

18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company; Denis Valode, Valode & Pistre Architects; Piere Marcout, Prisme Entertainment

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 13 - Q & A

18 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Panel Questions & Answers

Examining King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD)

18 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Julian Chen & Claude Bøjer Godefroy, Henning Larsen Architects

Debating Tall: Landscrapers vs. Skyscrapers

Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue II
Amy Webb, New York University; Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects

Extending the Public Realm Into the Sky

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Claude Bøjer Godefroy & Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects

A Tale of Towers and Cities: A Contextual Approach to Vertical Urbanism

26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making
Louis Becker & Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects

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Julian Chen Related Papers/Research

Debating Tall: Landscrapers vs. Skyscrapers
Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue II; Amy Webb, New York University; Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects
What does the office of the future look like? The leading tech industry giants all seem to agree the main goal is “connectivity” that forges collaboration and ideation. But there are significant differences in how this manifests in the built…
Extending the Public Realm Into the Sky
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Claude Bøjer Godefroy & Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects
The design of tall buildings in our megacities is going through an exciting paradigm shift: globally, we are observing new trends towards greater numbers of publicly accessible towers. Tall buildings are increasingly developing features of a semi-…
A Tale of Towers and Cities: A Contextual Approach to Vertical Urbanism
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Louis Becker & Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects
While the ever increasing global interchange of capitals and ideas have created immense opportunities and growth in cities around the world, the physical manifestation of this energy in the urban habitat risks becoming generic in the face of growing…
Examining King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD)
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Julian Chen, Jacob Kurek & Claude Bøjer Godefroy, Henning Larsen Architects
The quality of space between buildings has become increasingly determinative in the success of any new urban district. This paper explores the viability in creating a sustainable high density urban quarter in a desert environment, and in particular,…