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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), an architecture firm and design firm based in Chicagomarker, is engaged in the design and development of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable architecture. AS+GG designs buildings, cities, masterplans and components of these. It creates designs for an international clientele with projects located throughout the world. The primary uses of these designs are civic, commercial, cultural, hospitality, residential and mixed-use. AS+GG also specializes in supertall skyscrapers.

Significant projects

Competition Model of Masdar City Headquarters

Masdar City Headquarters

The Masdar Headquarters, a 1.5-million-square-foot complex in Abu Dhabi, is part of Masdar City an energy, climate and sustainability development and initiative of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar). In early 2008, AS+GG won the international competition against finalists Foster + Partners, Atkins, Murphy/Jahn, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

1 Dubai

1 Dubai, is a three-tower complex in Dubai and part of the Jumeira Garden City by Meraas Development. Each tower of the design is at least . In 2008, AS+GG beat out Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Pelli Clarke Pelli, Kohn Pedersen Fox, and Atkins with the massive 13 million square foot design of towers and sky bridges.Adrian Smith is quoted as having said that "This is the largest project ever built in the world."

Sears Tower Greening

The Sears Tower, , at 110 levels is the tallest building in North and South Amerca. The owners of the tower looking to update the building selected AS+GG in 2008. The "greening" project includes ongoing renovations and new additions including the reglazing of the building, updated lighting, new green roofs, rooftop photovoltaic arrays, an overhauled mechanical plant and is said to be exploring the integrations of wind turbines as a viable energy source.


AS+GG was founded in Chicago in 2006, by Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill, and Robert Forest when they left the Chicagomarker office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM). Taking their experience on large, mixed-use projects, Smith, Gill and Forest have decided to focus on design of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale.

Adrian Smith's departure from SOM has been widely reported. And Mr. Smith has several projects still under construction that were designed while at SOM including: Burj Dubaimarker, Dubaimarker, Broadgate Towermarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker and Trump International Hotel and Towermarker, Chicagomarker, and with Gordon Gill and Robert Forest: Nanjing Greenland Financial Center, Nanjingmarker, Chinamarker. Gordon, while at SOM, designed the award winning Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beachmarker, Virginiamarker. He also designed the Pearl River Towermarker,Guangzhoumarker, Chinamarker with Robert also working on the project.

Though the start up of their firm appears to have had some rough moments (Smith had to pay $250K of salaries out of his own pocket to cover one rough spot), they have been commissioned for at least one ground-breaking building. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has been chosen over SOM, Norman Foster, Atkins, and Helmut Jahn to design and build the Headquarters of Masdar Citymarker, a zero energy, zero carbon, zero waste city in the United Arab Emirates.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has grown substantially since its inception in November 2006 with only 7 employees. At the end of one year the firm employed 35. And as of April 2008 there were over 70 employees at AS+GG. And in December of 2008 the staff totals were reported as 185.

The Company competes with Atkins, Foster + Partners, Kohn Pedersen Fox and Skidmore Owings & Merrill.


  • 2008 Cityscape Architectural Awards,Environmental Award, Masdar City Headquarters
  • 2008 Middle East Architect Awards, Green Project of the Year, Masdar City Headquarters
  • 2008 Construction Week Awards, Sustainable Design Award, Masdar City Headquarters
  • 2008 Arabian Property Middle East Awards, Best Green Development Award, Verde Residences & Offices
  • 2008 CNBC Arabian Property Awards, Best Architecture Award, Verde Residences

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