David Scott is Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and a Principal at Arup, the international engineering design firm, where he is a leader of the New York office and responsible for the Building Business. Mr. Scott has extensive tall building experience that began with Norman Foster’s landmark Hongkong Bank Headquarters Building in 1981. During his fifteen years in Hong Kong he led the design of many towers in China, Korea, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan. He has worked on award winning and innovative projects, such as the Biological Sciences Building at HKU, the International Airport Terminal Building in Hong Kong and the 300-meter Cheung Kong Center for Hong Kong’s largest developer.
Mr. Scott moved to New York in 1998 to assume a key role in the Arup Buildings Business in the United States. Since 9/11, he has been extensively involved in the industry review of design standards and procedures for tall buildings in extreme events. He has authored papers on Fire Induced Progressive Collapse, and was a reviewer of the US Governments (GSA) design requirements to mitigate progressive collapse, that were issues in 2002. He also worked extensively with Daniel Libeskind on the WTC masterplan and his design for Freedom Tower.