Luke Leung, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering, is leading a study with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) on the future of elevator design. For the project, titled “A Study on the Design Possibilities Enabled by Rope-less, Non-vertical Elevators," Leung and a team of elevator and engineering experts will explore a broad range of possibilities, focusing on vertical and horizontal applications for elevators in large-scale buildings. Leung will contribute sustainability and MEP expertise.
A leading expert on high performance design in complex projects, Leung developed environmental schemes for the Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest man-made structure, and Pearl River Tower, one of the world's most energy-efficient skyscrapers. Leung advises numerous organizations on policy, including CTBUH, ASHRAE, and the U.S. Green Building Council.
The research team includes experts from Thyssenkrupp Elevator, Thornton Tomasetti, Jensen Hughes, CTBUH, and more. Launched at the end of August, the study will last two years, culminating in a report on the future of elevator design.