3 Environments, 3 Programs, 3 Solutions

Friday, December 2, 2011

Time: 4:30pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 170

3 Environments, 3 Programs, 3 Solutions
presented by Paul De Santis, Principal, Goettsch Partners, Chicago

Paul De Santis is a principal in the Chicago-based architecture firm Goettsch Partners. He joined the firm in 2005 and is a senior project designer, concentrating on large-scale office, hospitality and mixed-use projects throughout China. Based in Chicago, he travels frequently to the firm’s Shanghai office to lead and manage the design direction. Selected recent works in his portfolio include the 40-story, 1.3 million-square-foot Nexus Center office building in Beijing, completed in 2008; the 37-story, 2 million-square-foot Grand Hyatt Chengdu at Chicony Plaza mixed-use development, to be completed later this year; a 66-story, 1.9 million-square-foot mixed-use tower that features the Park Hyatt Guangzhou, now under construction; the 44-story, 1.1 million-square-foot Grand Hyatt Dalian hotel and serviced apartment complex, also under construction; and the 92-story, 3.2 million-square-foot Tianjin R and F Guangdong Tower, which will be one of China's tallest buildings and was recently featured in The New York Times as part of a story that highlights the extent to which U.S. architecture firms are working in China. "The Chinese like aspirational buildings," De Santis reports.

De Santis is a LEED Accredited Professional and environmental response permeates this tower that is designed with a series of vertical perforated metal bands between the windows, allowing natural ventilation into the building without interrupting the facades with visible openings. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He was recently recognized as "Emerging Architect" in the 2010 Best of Chicago edition of Chicago Magazine. Colleagues say De Santis designs skyscrapers with the enthusiasm of youth and the maturity to get them built, all the while melding his firm’s form-follows-function philosophy with the Chinese taste for architectural pyrotechnics.

For more information, contact Associate Dean Gil Snyder at gsnyder@uwm.edu.