(CHICAGO)—The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce that Steve Watts has been confirmed to become the organization’s next chairman. Watts is a Partner at alinea consulting, a cost consultancy headquartered in London that provides independent cost, value, procurement, and risk management advice. Watts will officially succeed current Chairman David Malott at the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference in October, where the gavel-passing ceremony will take place.
The appointment comes at an appropriate time for the UK, where, against a background of an historical high-rise building boom in London – and increasing proposals for tall buildings around the country — there is an ongoing active debate on the appropriateness of tall buildings and much soul searching in the aftermath in the Grenfell tragedy.
Watts’ appointment marks the first time the CTBUH chairmanship has gone to the UK, as well the first time it has gone to the cost consultancy profession. Watts has been involved with the Council for more than a decade and has sat on its Board of Trustees since 2011, also acting as Treasurer. He has been the Council’s UK Representative since 2009 and helped to set up the formal CTBUH UK chapter which he has chaired since 2015.
It is such an honor to become Chair of the pre-eminent tall building organization in the world,” Watts said. “I know the Council extremely well, and have seen first-hand over the years the unrivalled work it does to disseminate research, promote best practice and encourage debate. To have the opportunity to help steer the CTBUH to make further progress is an exciting prospect
Given his experience, Watts is an ideal appointee, having both extensive knowledge of the tall building industry and a deep understanding of the goals and mission of the Council. Watts has worked on a number of towers – including The Leadenhall Building, The Shard, and currently 22 Bishopsgate in London, in addition to a number of international commissions – and presented extensively on the subject of tall buildings economics and related subjects over the years.
In his new role, Watts will work to continue the incredible success and growth the Council has experienced over the last decade. Strengthening the brand while ensuring that growth in the Council’s membership, income and geographical spread continue to rise will be top goals for his tenure. Watts’ term will also coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Council in 2019.