Adrian D. Smith, born on August 19, 1944 in Chicago, is an American architect who has designed numerous skyscrapers such as the Burj Khalifa, Jin Mao Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower.
Adrian Smith began working as a design partner in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill from 1980 to 2003. Later he became a design consulting partner from 2004 to 2006.
Adrian also served as Senior Meeting Director Executive and was even the President of the SOM Foundation, a foundation which serves to recognize and encourage students of architecture, design, urban design and structural engineering.
After nearly four decades with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Smith left with Gordon Gill and Robert Forestal Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, to found his own company, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. AS + GG has stated that it focuses on designing high performance, energy efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale.
Adrian D. Smith has designed an architectural work that stands out for its search for heights, standing out among them, notable skyscrapers such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Jin Mao tower in China, and Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.
Several of the projects sponsored under his signature have won important awards for their excellence in design, technical mastery and aesthetic quality.
Adrian Smith’s works have been exhibited in major museums in the United States and in several in South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Adrian Smith has been working since 2012 on the construction of a new tallest building in the world: The Kingdom Tower, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a project that stretches up to 1,000 meters in height, surpassing his own record of 828 m, imposed with the Burj Califa.
However, although the work began in 2013, construction was halted in 2018 due to a drop in oil revenues.
Recently, the year 2020 along with the start of the pandemic, the construction of the skyscraper was resumed. It is currently under construction and there is no estimate on when its construction will be completed.