On February 1st, 2018, Luke Leung will join a panel of sustainable design and engineering experts for "Greening Tall: Naturalizing the Vertical Realm." The event is part of a series organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
SOM's leadership in skyscraper and urban design will once again be represented at the annual global conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. This year's event takes place October 30–November 3 in various venues in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, Australia.
On September 26th, Luke Leung will deliver a lecture to the Thailand Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Leung will explore a variety of topics, including SOM's sustainability scheme for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
On September 19th, SOM Design Partner Brian Lee and Sustainability Director Luke Leung will speak at the 2017 Multifamily Executive Conference in Las Vegas. Lee and Leung will participate in a panel discussion titled "Peering Into the Future: Sustainability and the 2018 Concept Community."
On August 17th, 2017, Luke Leung will speak at Energy Exchange, an annual event hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy as a part of the Federal Energy Management Program. Leung will lead the closing plenary session, speaking on the conference theme of "Connect, Collaborate, Conserve."
On February 8th, 2017, Luke Leung will speak at Concordia University in Montreal. The event, a career symposium hosted by ASHRAE's Montreal Chapter, provides an opportunity for engineering students to meet prospective employers.
Luke Leung will chair a session at the 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Las Vegas. His session, titled "Indoor Air Quality in the Airline Industry," will explore the findings of research teams from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Boeing, and Kansas State University.
On November 16th, 2016, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering Luke Leung will give a presentation at the La Crosse, Wisconsin Chapter of ASHRAE. Focusing on his work on the Burj Khalifa, he will speak about SOM's approach to sustainable tower design.
SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering Luke Leung will speak at the Chicago Real Estate Leadership Summit on November 9th, 2016. In the panel "NZE Successes: Insights from Leaders," Leung will discuss SOM's approach to the design of net-zero-energy buildings in urban centers.
In a recent article, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering Luke Leung speaks about his role as author of USGBC's new pilot credits in resilient design. He urges planners to assess and design for vulnerabilities, especially in at-risk areas like the Philippines and Indonesia.
Luke Leung is leading a study with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) on the future of elevator design. Working with a team of engineers and elevator design specialists, Leung will explore options for a broad range of horizontal and vertical elevators in large-scale buildings.
Luke Leung, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering, has been selected by CTBUH as a co-recipient of a 2016 Research Seed Funding grant. Working with Brent Stephens, Associate Professor at IIT, Leung will conduct research into the vertical distribution of indoor and outdoor pollutants in tall buildings.
SOM Director Luke Leung will present about the Burj Khalifa at the September meeting of the Montreal Chapter of ASHRAE. Leung will discuss the design of the tower and its role in shaping the future of urban design.
SOM's leadership will once again be represented at the annual global conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The event takes place in China on October 16–21, 2016, during which SOM will deliver nine presentations on skyscraper and urban design.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has named Luke Leung, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering, to its Distinguished Lecturer Program. The initiative is designed to create learning opportunities for engineers of all levels and recognize industry leaders in sustainable engineering.
Luke Leung, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering, has been selected to serve on the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter's 2016 Board of Directors. Leung joins six other new members to lead the organization for the next two years alongside current members.
Luke Leung, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering, contributed his expertise to the newly adopted LEED® pilot credits for Resilient Design. Spearheaded by the Resilient Design Institute, the suite of three credits account for design features in buildings that anticipate factors which will impact building performance.
On November 6, 2015, SOM's Luke Leung will participate in a panel discussion at Columbia University's annual Energy Symposium. The panel will address issues of human health and well-being within the context of the "City of the Future."
The new ASHRAE Design Guide for Tall, Supertall, and Megatall Building Systems features contributions from Luke Leung, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering, and Stephen Ray, SOM Mechanical Engineering Professional. While chairing an ASHRAE committee on tall buildings, Leung “masterminded the revision and production” of the book, according to its author, Peter Simmonds.
On Saturday, October 3, 2015, SOM’s Luke Leung, Director of Sustainable Engineering, will participate in a roundtable discussion at Chicago’s IIT College of Architecture. Taking place during the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the discussion will revolve around Chicago’s leadership in tall building expertise.
Last fall the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conducted the symposium Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism. As part of the Shanghai event, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering Luke Leung spoke with special media correspondent Chris Bentley on camera about skyscrapers’ performance benefits for humans and the environment. The duo also took the pulse of sustainable design more generally.
The New York City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection recently invited SOM and other leaders from the design, environmental, and business spheres to give expert testimonials at a special hearing on site-sourced and stored renewable energy. The committee sought SOM’s expertise on how a net-zero supertall could potentially be replicated in New York City.
On October 22 and 23, 2014, two sustainable engineering experts from SOM will speak at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Held this year in New Orleans, Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building symposium, bringing together workshops, industry showcases, and renowned speakers that represent the most innovative ideas driving sustainable design.
On September 18, 2014, three experts from SOM presented at a symposium on tall buildings held by Tongji University's College of Civil Engineering in Shanghai. Each speaker touched on a different component of the design, development, and construction of tall buildings.
Three SOM leaders will present at the CTBUH Shanghai Conference, “Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.” This year, the three-day event will feature panels, speakers, and workshops that examine how tall buildings can be more sustainably designed by considering the city as a whole.
The U.S. Green Building Council, Illinois Chapter has named Luke Leung, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering, to its Board of Directors. Given his research and teaching experience, combined with his long tenure at SOM, Leung is widely recognized as a leader in the fields of tall building design, MEP, and sustainable engineering.
On May 23, two experts from SOM will participate in this year's Living Future unConference in Portland, Oregon. Living Future is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time.
Luke Leung, Director of SOM's Sustainable Engineering Studio, will be the featured speaker during a two-day event hosted by Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering. His presentation will look at how the design of communities is influenced by resource demands.
SOM Director Luke Leung has been named Chairman of the ASHRAE Tall Building Technical Committee, effective this June. He has also been named an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.
Buildings are the source of one-half to three-quarters of greenhouse-gas emissions in most American cities. Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and six more large cities have joined forces to tackle the problem by targeting their biggest buildings. Luke Leung, SOM Sustainable Engineering Director, weighs in on the energy usage in tall buildings.
Luke Leung, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering, will speak at the ASHRAE 2014 winter conference in New York City. He will chair the seminar "Specific Engineering Solutions for Tall Buildings" and will serve as a presenter for the seminar "Energy and Environment of Supertall Buildings."
Luke Leung, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering, will present at the upcoming ASHRAE Winter Conference on January 30, 2013. He will discuss how elevator movement, elevator door sequencing, wind pressure, and HVAC system pressure can impact the elevator shaft pressure measurements in supertall buildings.
The SOM Chicago office has won an international competition to design a massive tower for a lakefront development in Wujiang, China. The 75-level, mixed-use building will include offices, service apartments, a hotel, and retail space.