James Goettsch Honored With CTBUH Lifetime Achievement Award


Goettsch Partners (GP) is pleased to announce that firm chairman and co-CEO James Goettsch, FAIA, has been selected to receive the 2019 Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). In selecting Goettsch, the CTBUH noted that his “enormous contributions to the design of high-rise buildings around the world made him a clear choice for the honor.”

The Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment during his or her professional career. These contributions and leadership are recognized by the professional community and have significant effects, which extend beyond the professional community, to enhance cities and the lives of their inhabitants. The list of previous winners is an esteemed group of industry peers and professionals from around the world. Goettsch will be just the 17th person to receive the award and only the third from Chicago.

“I am thrilled to see Jim recognized with this tremendous honor,” said James Zheng, AIA, LEED AP, co-CEO and president at GP. “All of us at the firm join him in celebrating a career of tall building accomplishments that continually inspire our work.”

In addition to his overall leadership role in the firm, Goettsch leads the direction and quality of design for major projects. With more than 40 years of experience, he has personally directed and has been involved in all phases of design and construction for tall buildings throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Noteworthy projects include the 54-story, core-supported 150 North Riverside tower in Chicago; the 45-story, multi-terraced Park Tower at Transbay in San Francisco; the 33-story original building and 24-story “vertical completion” at 300 East Randolph in Chicago, also known as the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Headquarters; and the five-building, 3 million-square-foot Abu Dhabi Global Market Square office complex in the UAE, which features the headquarters building of the Abu Dhabi Global Market.

The Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award will be officially bestowed during the CTBUH 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, which takes place April 8–10 in Shenzhen, China.