Antony Wood has been Executive Director of the CTBUH since 2006, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council and steering in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, of which he is an ex-officio member. Prior to this, he was CTBUH Vice-Chairman for Europe and Head of Research. His tenure has seen a revitalization of the CTBUH and an increase in output and initiatives across all areas.
Based at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Antony is also an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at IIT, where he convenes various tall building design studios. A UK architect by training, his field of specialism is the design, and in particular the sustainable design, of tall buildings. Prior to joining the Council and IIT, Antony was an Associate Professor/Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Nottingham in the UK from 2001–2006, where he ran the third and fifth year programs respectively, and was an active member of various research teams. The design research output of his various academic collaborations can be seen here; at the Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Nottingham. Whilst at Nottingham, he also founded the Tall Buildings Teaching and Research Group.
Prior to becoming an academic, Antony worked as an architect in practice in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and the UK, between 1991–2001. It was during this time that he developed his passion for, and professional background in, tall buildings. Tall Buildings/large projects he has been involved in these countries include the £120 million, 11 No. mixed office/residential tower project of SV City, Bangkok (completed 1995), the £70 million 4 No. 44-story condominia project of Kuningan Persada, Jakarta (1997) and the prestigious £200 million Kuala Lumpur Central International Railway Terminal, Malaysia (completed 2001).
He is the author of numerous book and papers in the field of tall buildings, sustainability and related areas, some of which are highlighted below. He is an associate editor of two journals: the CTBUH Journal, and the Journal of the “The Structural design of Tall and Special Buildings”, produced by John Wiley & Sons, He was also editor of the two CTBUH special editions of this latter journal produced in 2007 and 2008. Antony has been Conference Chair and/or chair of the scientific committee at several recent CTBUH conferences: including Mumbai (2010), Chicago (2009), Dubai (2008), Chicago (2006) and New York (2005). He has also presented at numerous conferences, and regularly lectures, around the world.
Antony is Chair of the CTBUH Tall Buildings and Sustainability working group, a member of the CTBUH Height Committee, and a member of the CTBUH Awards Committee. He has previously worked on research projects/proposals in conjunction with Arup, the University of Greenwich Fire Safety Engineering Group, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Building Services Engineering and the US-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He has supervised numerous PhD students.
He is currently engaged in several books, including “The CTBUH Guide to Sustainability for Tall Buildings in Urban Environments”; “The Encyclopedia of the Skyscraper”; “New Paradigms in High Rise Design”; and “Pavements in the Sky: The Use of the Skybridge in Tall Buildings”. Antony contributes regularly to media outlets and has given many media interviews.