John Nipaver, vice president at John Portman & Associates, has been invited to join the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Advisory Group.

The Council is an international nonprofit organization supported by architecture, engineering, planning, development and construction professionals.

As a source of information on tall buildings internationally, it has become the arbiter of the criteria upon which tall building height is measured and determines which building receives the title of “World’s Tallest Building.”

In his role as a member of the advisory group, Mr. Nipaver will support the council’s mission of disseminating multi-disciplinary information on tall buildings and sustainable urban environments.

In his career at John Portman & Associates, Mr. Nipaver has headed up the project teams for projects such as the 60-story SunTrust Plaza in Atlanta and the still-to-be-completed  Incheon 151 Tower in South Korea. Read: Portman’s 151-Story Tower and Korea’s High Aspirations

The tallest building to date, according to the council, is the Burj Dubai, the 2,717-foot tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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