Developers, corporations, architects, and clients invariably want to make their mark on the skyline. But as the following projects demonstrate, there is more to designing a good tower. It’s not all about image, or simply gazing up. It’s also about the experience of occupying such structures—with ample daylight and access to views—and how they engage the surrounding environment.

Read the following five stories and complete the quiz below to earn one AIA learning unit:

Continuing Education
CEU symbol To earn one AIA learning unit (LU), including one hour of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) credit, read the five “Tall Buildings” project stories above and complete the quiz at or by using the Architectural Record CE Center app available in the iTunes Store. Upon passing the test, you will receive a certificate of completion, and your credit will be automatically reported to the AIA. Additional information regarding credit-reporting and continuing-education requirements can be found at


Learning Objectives

1 Describe unusual approaches to tall building structures, including exoskeletons.

2 Discuss the potential performance benefits provided by a double facade.

3 Describe some of the structural and human comfort challenges presented by especially slender tall buildings.

4 Discuss resilience strategies suitable for tall buildings and new urban districts, such as cogeneration.


AIA/CES Course #K1705A


For CEU credit, read the five "Tall Buildings" project stories and take the quiz at, or use our Architectural Record Continuing Education app, available in the iTunes store.

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