Peter Weismantle

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Peter Weismantle

Peter A. Weismantle FAIA, RIBA

Peter A. Weismantle, Director of Supertall Building Technology, is responsible for overseeing the development of AS+GG’s supertall projects from onset to completion. He works in collaboration with the project team to develop the design of such technical elements as the building envelope, vertical transportation and life safety systems, and to assure compliance with applicable building codes and standards.

Before joining AS+GG in 2008, Peter was an Associate Partner in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he served as Senior Technical Architect on several supertall towers, including Shanghai’s 88-story Jin Mao Tower and the 163-story, 828 meter (2,717 foot) tall Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building.

He also collaborated on Ludgate Development, Broadgate Development and parts of Canary Wharf, all large mixed-use developments in London, as well as the early stages of design for the 94-story Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.

In 2010, Peter was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is the immediate past-Chairman of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, President of the Safety Glazing Certification Council and Chairman of the Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Education

Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1976
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1972

Affiliations

Registered Architect in Illinois, Nevada and the United Kingdom
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
American Institute of Architects (FAIA)
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC)
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings (CCHRB)

Presentations + Publications

Burj Dubai: An Architectural Technical Design Case Study, Wiley Inter Science Journal—The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings
Burj Dubai Wind Tunnel Testing of Cladding and Pedestrian Level, Structure Magazine
The Desert Flower—Considering the Wind in the Design of the World’s Tallest Building, Building Design Magazine- What’s New In Building Supplement
Sky Sourced Sustainability—How Super Tall Buildings Can Benefit From Height, Proceedings of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Eighth World Congress, Dubai, UAE
Passive Stack Effect Mitigation Measures Taken in the Design of the World’s Tallest Building: Case Study of the Burj Dubai, Journal of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
1 Dubai- Engineering and Optimizing a Mega-Structure, Proceedings of the 2012 Structures Congress
Advanced Occupancy for Supertall Buildings, CTBUH 2011 World Conference; Seoul, Korea
Fire and Life Safety for the New Generation of Supertall Buildings: Burj Khalifa and Beyond, Eurofire 2011; Paris, France; and the CTBUH 2011 World Conference; Seoul, Korea
Form Follows Performance, Façade Design and Engineering, 2010; Dubai, UAE
Integrated Design of Tall Buildings, Recent Trends and Perspectives: Sustainability as a Generator of Architectural Form. Structures Congress ’09; Austin, Texas
Sky Sourced Sustainability—How Super Tall Buildings Can Benefit From Height, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Eighth World Congress, Dubai, UAE
Building the World’s Tallest Building—Burj Dubai, MEED Conference on Tall Buildings, Dubai, UAE
Fire Safety Design and Sustainable Buildings: Challenges and Opportunities; National Fire Protection Association and the Fire Protection Research Foundation; Chicago, Illinois
Fire and Life Safety in This New Era of Supertall Buildings, Viewpoint Guest Editorial, Fire P-rotection Engineering Magazine, 2013
Fire and Life Safety in This New Era of the Supertall Building; 7th International Congress on Fire Safety Engineering, Madrid, Spain; APICI
Meeting the Challenges of a One-Kilometer Tower: Case Study of the Kingdom Tower, CTBUH Journal, 2013

Awards

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Award of Merit: World Voices Sculpture, Burj Khalifa Lobby (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2012
AIA Chicago, Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit, Burj Khalifa (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2011
AIA Chicago, Interior Architecture Award, Citation of Merit, Public Areas at the Residences of Burj Khalifa (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2011
AIA Chicago, Special Recognition Award, Burj Khalifa Level 153 (while Associate Partnerat SOM), 2011
MEED Quality Awards, Project of the Year, Burj Khalifa, (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2011
MEED Quality Awards, GCC Technical Building Project of the Year, Burj Khalifa, (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2011
American Architecture Awards, Distinguished Building Award, Trump International Hotel & Tower (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2010
American Architecture Awards, Distinguished Building Award, Burj Khalifa (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2010
CTBUH Global Icon Award, Burj Khalifa (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2010
CTBUH Best Tall Building in Middle East and Africa, Burj Khalifa (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2010
Cityscape Awards, Best Mixed-Use Project in Mideast, Burj Khalifa (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2010
Maktoob Business, Best Building in the Mideast, Burj Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2009
Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitats, Illinois Best Tall Building / Americas Finalist, Trump International Hotel + Tower, Chicago, Illinois (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2009
Chicago Building Congress, Illinois Merit Award, Trump International Hotel + Tower, Chicago, Illinois (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2009
AIA Chicago Chapter, Distinguished Building Award, Canary Wharf/DS1, London, United Kingdom (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2004
American Institute of Architects, National Honor Award for Interior Architecture, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2001
AIA Chicago Chapter, China Divine Detail Award: Special Recognition, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2001
AIA Chicago Chapter, China Interior Design Honor Award, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China (while Associate Partner Architect at SOM), 2001
AIA Chicago Chapter, UK Distinguished Building Honor Award, 10 Ludgate Place, London, United Kingdom (while Associate Partner at SOM), 1994
AIA Chicago Chapter, UK Civic Trust Award, Ludgate Office Complex, London, United Kingdom (while Associate Partner at SOM), 1994
Architectural Society of China, China Design Excellence Award, Chemsunny Plaza, Beijing, China, (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2008
China Social Contribution of Public Building, China Architectural Art and Culture, Chemsunny Plaza, Beijing, China, (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2003
World Architecture Award, China Asia Category, Finalist, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China (while Associate Partner at SOM), 2001
Institution of Structural Engineers, China Structural Special Award, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai (while Associate Partner at SOM), 1999
Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, China Best Structure Award, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China (while Associate Partner at SOM), 1998

Major projects at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

Greenland Tower Chengdu
468-meter, mixed-use tower and podium features a conference center, offices, a hotel, executive residential apartments and rooftop garden. Chengdu, China

Wuhan Greenland Center
119-story, 606-meter tall, 300,000 sm mixed-use tower features 50 office floors, 17 residential floors and 22 hotel floors and four club levels, four sky lobbies, and multiple mechanical floors. Wuhan, China

Kingdom Tower
The next tallest building in the world, this 163 story, 320,000 sm, multi-use tower will feature a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. Jeddah, TheKingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Willis Tower Greening Project + Hotel
Integration of sustainable systems to reduce energy consumption at the former Sears tower and design for highly sustainable, 50-story five-star hotel to be built on the south side of Willis Tower plaza. The hotel will draw net zero energy from the power grid. Chicago, Illinois

Federation of Korean Industries
50 story, 240 meter tower in downtown Seoul will provide the headquarters for the Federation of Korean Industries. The Class A office building also includes dining facilities, theater and conference center and rooftop garden. Seoul, Korea

1 Dubai 
Three-tower, supertall megastructure includes luxury hotels, condominiums, offices, retail and cultural facilities.  Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1 Park Avenue
Supertall tower with podium complex includes luxury hotel, condominiums, offices and retail. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Park Gate
Ensemble of six mid-rise office buildings linked with canopies, enclosing a central garden space. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Meraas Tower
Supertall mixed-use tower with faceted facade. Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Major projects completed as Associate Partner at SOM, prior to joining Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

Wenzhou Lucheng Plaza
1,181-foot, mixed-use tower includes office, hotel and serviced apartments, updating the classic columnar sky- scraper with elegant proportions. Wenzhou City, China

Shangri-La at The Fort
Schematic Design of a 230-meter tall, hotel and residential tower and podium having a total area of 166,000 sm. The tower contains 300 luxury residences and 500 guestrooms. Podium contains meeting and conference spaces, restaurant and retail venues and faces an arcade which links into a district wide pedestrian system. Manila, Philippines

Las Vegas Tower
Concept design for 1,888-foot, five-star resort tower, which would have been the tallest hotel in the world when completed. Included 4,000 rooms, restaurants, high-end retail, ballroom and recording studios. Las Vegas, Nevada

White Magnolia Plaza
1,049-foot office tower, two hotel towers, and a large retail podium. Primary tower features complex curved surfaces that are accentuated by perforated metal light shelves enhancing its environmental performance. Shanghai, China

Burj Khalifa
163-story, supertall, mixed-use tower comprising residential, commercial, hotel, and retail spaces. 2010, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Zhongshan Exhibition Center
1,290,000 sf complex consisting of exhibition hall, trade mart and conference center, 2008. Zhongshan, China

Chemsunny Plaza
1,800,000 sf corporate headquarters with dual full height atriums for Sinochem. 2007, Beijing, China

Trump International Hotel & Tower
2,400,000 sf, 90-story mixed-use tower comprised of luxury residential, hotel, health club, retail, parking and riverfront park on prominent site along the Chicago River. 2009, Chicago, Illinois

Broadgate Phase 12/13  (201 Bishopsgate)
Through planning approval for 13-story, 760,000 sf office building with two 80,000 sf trading floors and three atriums. 2003, London, United Kingdom

Canary Wharf Ds4 (20 Canada Square)
550,000 sf corporate office building for McGraw Hill. 2002, London, United Kingdom

Canary Wharf Ds1 (5 Canada Square)
700,000 sf corporate office building for Bank of America. 2002, London, United Kingdom

Canary Wharf Ds3 (15 Canada Square)
600,000 sf corporate office building. (Unbuilt) 2003, London, United Kingdom

Xiamen Posts And Telecommunications Building
60-story corporate headquarters with restaurant, observatory and post office facility. 1994, Xiamen, China

Jin Mao Tower
88-story, 3,000,000 sf, mixed-use complex including office, hotel and retail. 1998, Shanghai, China

Kowloon Mtr Tower
Concept design and design brief for 1,890-foot tall, 2,000,000 sf tower with offices and a 5-star hotel. 1997, Hong Kong

Broadgate, Phases 5-14
4,000,000 sf commercial mixed-use development with office, retail, park, railway station and infrastructure development. 1987-1992 at Liverpool Station, London, United Kingdom

Ludgate Development
500,000 sf, three building office complex built on railway air-rights, 1992, London, United Kingdom

Parkgate at Aztec West
Office building, 1991, Bristol, United Kingdom

The Economist Building
Refurbishment and interiors for The Economist Newspaper. 1990, London, United Kingdom

135 Bishopsgate
Interiors for the National Westminster Bank. 1990, London, United Kingdom

McCormick Place Exposition Center Expansion
1,800,000 sf, two-story exposition center building. 1987, Chicago, Illinois

Southwest Crossing
Office building. 1986, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

The University of Blida
Academic campus phase I and administration complex. 1983, Blida, Algeria

The University of Annaba
Three student housing communities, phase I. 1983, Annaba,  Algeria

General Motors
Office buildings. 1982, Naperville, Illinois; and 1983, Parsippany, New Jersey

The Art Institute of Chicago
Remodeling of photography department. 1983, Chicago, Illinois

The University of Chicago
Remodeling of Classics, Goodspeed and Mandel Halls. 1980, Chicago, Illinois

Peter Weismantle on...

design
I get a great thrill in seeing an idea fully realized as architecture, to paraphrase Vitruvius, with "firmness" and "commodity" as well as "delight."

where he finds inspiration
From nature as well as those around me.

his favorite "moment" in architecture
The first time that the architectural intent becomes visibly evident as the form of the building starts to take shape.

his favorite city architecturally
Paris for consistency in design and continuity of fabric; London for contrast and surprise; and Chicago for simple, direct and unselfconscious expression.

his favorite thing about a collaborative design process
Learning from the experience of others.

what he'd be if he weren't an architect
A builder.

what he does when he's not designing
Sleeping.