Most architects of tall buildings will admit that height for height’s sake is an empty pursuit: there is so much more involved than garnering a spot in the record books. The following towers bear this out. They make their mark with inventive facades, innovative structural systems, and new strategies for defining public space—and they still meet the sky in graceful ways.

Continuing Education
CEU symbol To earn one AIA learning unit (LU), including one hour of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) credit, read all four articles in the “Continuing Education: Tall Buildings” section and complete the online test. 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 online at .
Learning Objectives
  1. Discuss earthquake-resistant technologies suitable for tall buildings and alternatives to code-prescribed seismic design methods.
  2. Describe several types of envelope systems that can reduce heat gain and glare.
  3. Describe strategies for ensuring occupant comfort suited to tall buildings and diverse climates.
  4. Discuss ideas for creating public space within dense urban environments.

AIA/CES Course #K1807A


For CEU credit, read  the “Continuing Education: Tall Buildings” section and take the quiz at, or use our Architectural Record Continuing Education app, available in the iTunes store.

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