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With less than a week to go for the CTBUH global conference “Polycentric Cities, The Future of Vertical Urbanism”, our full schedule of speakers have been announced.

The WME team are speaking across multiple days, spanning topics from high-rise residential towers to land reclamation. As a Gold Sponsor for the annual six day conference, WME will also be hosting an invite-only networking reception at the luxurious Address Hotel, Dubai Marina for CTBUH delegates.

A full schedule of WME speakers can be seen below. Demand for these events is likely to be high, so if you do not already have a conference registration then be sure to arrive early. For all details about attending one of our seminars, please click here:

W3 High-Rise Residential


08:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Yahya Jan, President, Design Director
NORR Group Consultants International Limited
Steve Woodland, Principal Director
Cox Architecture
Lawrence Malcic, Senior Vice President, Director of Design
HOK, Inc.
Ricardo Baptista, Design Director
Elena Generalova, PhD Architecture, Professor, Department of Residential and Civic Architecture
Samara State Technical University
Murali Guruvappan, Associate Director
WME Consultants

On the morning of Day 1 of the Core Conference, Saturday, 20 October, there will be half-day workshops in Dubai on important industry subjects. The purpose of these workshops is to:

Present on topics related to the workshop themeEstablish the most salient issues, challenges, and trends
Possibly create or expand a CTBUH Working Group on the subject
Possibly work towards the production of a CTBUH Technical Guide

Full details from CTBUH can be found here:

Session 3

01:45 PM – 03:15 PM

Panel Discussion Sessions

3G Innovative Engineering: Case Studies

Frank Cerra, Managing Director
John Peronto, Principal
Thornton Tomasetti
Farhad Pazoki, Technical Director
WME Consultants

Full details from CTBUH can be found here:

Off-Site Programs
08:30 AM – 05:30 PM

Note: Each off-site program will have a morning and afternoon session.

OS1 At Sea: Dubai’s Extraordinary Land Reclamation Efforts

Dubai has undertaken several extraordinary land reclamation efforts, with multiple city-sized projects built, under construction or planned on man-made islands in the Arabian Gulf. The Palm, the most established of these massively ambitious projects, is a group of palm-frond-shaped islands, and features a monorail, a road tunnel, and an extensive waterpark resort. Several new tall buildings are under construction in what was open water just 15 years ago. Join this program to learn about the development, planning, marketing and construction of The Palm.

Chair: Louise Collins
Director of Projects, WME Consultants

Sasa Popovic
Director of Structures, WME Consultants
“The Palm Tower/Mall – Structures”

Timothy Kelly
Senior Vice President, Operations and General Manager, Kerzner International
“Atlantis and Royal Atlantis – Key Elements in Dubai Tourism”

John Shamon
Chief Technical Services Officer, Kerzner International
“Atlantis and Royal Atlantis – Key Elements in Dubai Tourism”

Prabhanjan Kambadur
Director, MENA, RSP Architects, Planners & Engineers (MENA)
“The Palm Tower/Mall – Architecture”

Tuesday 23 October Schedule:

The same program will run in the morning and afternoon.

Morning Afternoon Program
8:30 am 2:00 pm Arrival & Coffee
8:55 am 2:25 pm Welcome
9:00 am 2:30 pm Presentation 1
9:20 am 2:50 pm Presentation 2
9:40 am 3:10 pm Presentation 3
10:00 am 3:30 pm Q&A
10:15 am 3:45 pm Coffee Break
10:45 am 4:15 pm Tour of Palm Tower
12:00 pm 5:30 pm Delegates depart

Details from CTBUH:

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