HONORABLE SPEAKERS

Design Partner & Founder, Strabala + Architecture

CEO, CSi Bangkok

Professor, Structural Engineering, AIT

Head of Department, Civil & Infrastructure Engineering, AIT

Chairman, Future Engineering Consultant Co. Ltd., Thailand

Director, AIT Solutions

Coordinator, Wind Tunnel Testing and Structural Health Monitoring, AIT Solutions

Regional Director South Asia, Meinhardt

Structural Fire Engineering

Consultant Vertical Transportation

CEO, SYNERGY INFRA CONSULTANTS PVT LTD

Arup Advisory's lead for BIM, Digital and Data Management

Involved in drainage ventilation for high-rise buildings for 25 years

JAY MARSHALL STRABALA

Design Partner & Founder, Strabala + Architecture

Topic : Supertall Buildings - The Next Generation

Marshall Strabala, born in 1961, is a highly experienced architect with 34 years of architectural expertise. He holds an undergraduate degree in Design and Fine Arts from UCLA and a graduate degree from Harvard GSD with a Master of Architecture. Marshall is an affiliated fellow of the American Academy in Rome and has spent 19 years at SOM Chicago, where he served as an Associate Partner and Studio Head. He also worked as the Director of Design at Gensler for 4 years before founding his own firm, Strabala + Architects, where he has been the Design Partner for the past 11 years. Marshall is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of various esteemed organizations, including the CTBUH Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, USGBC – Chicago/Houston, AIA American Institute of Architects, and the Shanghai Institute of Architects. He has been recognized with awards such as the Magnolia Silver Award from the City of Shanghai in 2021 and the Best Hotel/Resort Design Award for Achievements in Hotel Design in 2022. Marshall has delivered over 80 lectures on architecture worldwide and currently resides between Shanghai and Chicago.

DR. NAVEED ANWAR

CEO, CSi Bangkok

Topic : Efficiency of Tall Building Structural Systems.

He has worked across a broad spectrum of Civil/Structural Engineering knowledge cycle for over 35 years. He has extensive experience in teaching graduate programs, postgraduate research supervision, publications, development of tools and technologies, training and capacity building of professional engineers, and direct engagement in international projects. He has authored over one hundred publications, been a keynote speaker in international conferences, and conducted over 100 capacity building seminars, workshops, and training programs in collaboration with academic and professional institutions. He has also provided solutions and advice on wind engineering studies, performance-based seismic design, and real-time structural health monitoring for over 150 tall building projects and has been involved as a specialist by Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNESCAP, UNESCO, and Computers and Structures Inc.

PROF. PENNUNG WARNITCHAI

Professor, Structural Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology

Topic : Seismic Base Isolation of Tall Buildings and Suppression of Wind-induced Vibrations by Tuned Mass Dampers.

With more than three decades of experience, He is an expert in structural dynamic, control of structural vibration, and earthquake, wind, and bridge engineering. He has been an active member of the academic and professional community. He is invovled in government policies in Thailand and also headed several expert teams for drafting national standards, the sub-committee for amending the ministerial regulations. An expert member of the Board of Directors for National Disaster Warning.

DR. GEOFF CHAO

Head of Department, Civil & Infrastructure Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology.

Topic : Factors Influencing Soil Investigation for Design of Foundations.

With over 28 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and construction with abundance of expertise in design and construction defect investigations, construction remediation and mitigation, geotechnical and reclamation engineering. He is involved varied projects and has technical specialties in areas such as ground improvement, retaining wall investigation, landslide/erosion investigation and stabilization, unsaturated soil modeling, expansive and collapsible soil evaluation and settlement and consolidation analyses.

DR. NARONG LEUNGBOOTNAK

Chairman, Future Engineering Consultant Co. Ltd., Thailand

Topic : Project Management and Construction Technologies for Tall Buildings.

He also holds the position of Emeritus Professor at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. With over 28 years of experience, Dr. Narong has played a key role in supervising and advising on various projects related to Structure and Civil Design/Construction, including high-rise buildings, power plants, hospitals, commercial and office buildings, industrial structures, transportation infrastructure, and development of master plans.

Mr. Thaung Htut Aung

Director, AIT Solutions, Asian Institute of Technology

Topic : Designing for More Resilient and Less Vulnerable Buildings using Performance-based Design Approach.

In over 15 years of his professional experience, Mr. Aung has been involved in over 100 tall building projects. In these projects Mr. Aung has led the structural engineering team at AIT Solutions and provided solutions and services in: wind engineering studies, performance-based seismic design, and real-time structural health monitoring and involved in structural engineering projects from Philippines, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Brunei. He has also led wind engineering teams at AIT Solutions to enhance the reliability and cost effectiveness of structural design especially for unique or unusual architectural shapes.

MR. S.M. ZIA UDDIN

Coordinator, Wind Tunnel Testing and Structural Health Monitoring, AIT Solutions, Asian Institute Of Technology.

Topic : Wind Tunnel Testing of Tall Buildings - An Overview.

Mr. Zia is currently the Coordinator for the Wind Tunnel Testing and Structural Health Monitoring team in AIT Solutions, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Mr. Zia specializes in wind engineering, structural dynamics, laboratory instrumentations, and digital signal processing. He has been directly involved in over 30 projects involving wind tunnel testing, performance-based design, and structural health monitoring.

MAHESH ARUMUGAM

Regional Director South Asia, Meinhardt

Topic : High Rise complex Geometrical facades and how to maintain High complex Geometries elevations.

Mahesh provides the strategic leadership as the Director for Meinhardt’s India facade consultancy business. He has been in the facade industry for over 22 years. His experience ranges from aluminium glazing systems to precast concrete facades, BIPV, BILED, Enhanced systems and stone cladding.

PROF. SURESH NARAYANA

Structural Fire Engineering

Topic : Fire design and safety for tall buildings

25 years of experience in the field of Structural Fire Engineering. Founder director of Building Fire Research Centre (BFRC) accredited by NABL and recognized by BIS. Consulting engineer to assess the stability of bridges in Dubai for Kuwait Oil Company. Structural fire consultants to many reputed companies like Kuwait Oil Company, NPCIL, BARC, BMRCL, Schroders(Germany), IC-IMPACTS, and India Cements.

GOPAKUMAR. G

Consultant Vertical Transportation

Topic : Vertical transportation in tall building Structures

Gopakumar.G is a Graduate Electrical Engineer from University of Kerala. Joined Vertical Transportation industry in the year 1988. Worked with a couple of major multinational companies, Thyssenkrupp and Otis till 2013 in various capacities overseeing their sales, installation and services in Southern India. Has an overall experience of about 35 years in the field of vertical transportation. He holds supervisory license for Elevators and Escalators and is a Chartered Engineer.

Srinivas Valluri

CEO, Synergy infra Consultants Pvt Ltd

Topic : Electrical design and safety in tall buildings

Post Graduate Electrical engineering. Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India). Chartered Engineer; Certified Energy Auditor; Accredited professional-IGBC. Senior Member in IEEE, ASHRAE, ISHRAE, ISLE, FSAI, IIPE, IPA Health care Facility Design Professional- Certified by ASHRAE Member of Institution of Fire Engineers (UK) Member in National Building code of India 2016 for Fire & Life safety. Master Trainer  Energy Conservation Building Code of India. Founder President of FSAI-Hyderabad chapter. Past Chair of IPA Hyderabad chapter and Past TC member IPA.

Darshan Ruikar

Arup Advisory's lead for BIM, Digital and Data Management

Topic: BIM and Digital Engineering in Tall Buildings

Darshan has over 20 years of expertise in executing BIM, and digital transformations across diverse built environment projects. His proficiency covers BIM Advisory, data management, digital product development, regulatory monitoring, and data governance. Darshan has a PhD in Digital Engineering from the University of Nottingham, MSc in Structural Engineering from University of Manchester, and a Bachelor’s in civil engineering degree from College of Engineering Pune (COEP).

Steven White

Involved in drainage ventilation for high-rise buildings for 25 years

Topic: Design and execution of plumbing In Tall buildings

Steve White has contributed his efforts and expertise to thousands of projects all over the world. As a Global Technical Director Building Segment, Steve works with research institutions and manufacturers developing products, to meet the requirements for high-rise building fluid solutions = and to validate these technologies, presenting them to the market through bodies such as the WPC, CIBSE, ASPE and CIB WO62. Highlight projects for Steve include the Trump Tower in Panama, where his team managed to save over 40 km of pipework.