Internationally renowned architect Shaun Killa to speak at green building seminar

11th September 2009 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Architectural design specialist Shaun Killa, whose integration of sustainable design into the Bahrain World Trade Centre, among other projects, has gained him international acclaim, would address delegates in Cape Town at the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) 2009 convention.

South African-born Killa, is currently design director at the world’s third-largest engineering design firm, Atkins Global, situated in Dubai.

“His passion for sustainable design led his design of the world’s first large scale integration of wind turbines on a building for the Bahrain World Trade Centre. This featured two 240 m towers with three 275-kW turbines between them, capable of generating between 15% and 25% of the building’s energy needs,” said the GBCSA.

Over the last four years Killa, has focused his design philosophy on innovative low carbon sustainable buildings with challenging architectural norms to create expressive and timeless form, such as the DIFC Lighthouse Tower (400m), in Dubai, with turbines and photovoltaic integration, and the DNA Tower (260m) in Australia.

Killa’s list of achievements included several high-rise commissions in Dubai, such as the 21st Century Tower (270m) in Dubai, Chelsea Tower (250m) in, Millennium Tower (285m), Al Mas Tower (370m), and a number of others in the Middle East.

Killa graduated from the University of Cape Town School of Architecture where he received his BAS and B.Arch. Prior to his move to Dubai, Killa worked for several award winning architectural firms in Cape Town, and worked on Waterfront projects, office parks, leisure estates, stadiums and master plans.

“We are very excited to have a locally-trained architect who has achieved so much internationally in the field of sustainable design present at this year’s convention,” said GBCSA CEO Nicola Douglas.

“Topics that will be covered at the convention include high-level talks on carbon, global policy and sustainable design as well as numerous green building case studies, retrofitting of existing buildings, financial perspectives, urban design and more. A concurrent exhibition showcases green building products, technologies and services,” added Douglas.