Adrian Smith, formerly a partner in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and now a principal at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects, has been a practicing architect for more than 40 years. His extraordinary body of work includes some of the world’s most recognizable landmark structures, including the 88-story Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates, the world’s tallest structure, Wuhan Greenland Center in Wuhan, China, the world’s fourth tallest building, and Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which, at 3,280 feet, will be the world’s tallest building by 568 feet.

Adrian’s unique design approach emphasizes sensitivity to the physical environment. He considers each project holistically, taking into consideration site orientation, climate and geography, cultural and social influences to create highly sustainable projects that achieve contextualism within the global environment.

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