Gordon Gill FAIA, is one of the world’s foremost exponents of performance based architecture. Ranging
from the world’s tallest buildings to sustainable communities, his work is driven by his philosophy that
there is a purposeful relationship between formal design and performance; and that there is a Language
of Performance, which is the basis of his practice: Form Follows Performance.
His approach is based on an ecologically conscious philosophy that sets new standards for the
relationships between the built and natural environment. His buildings and urban projects have
transformed cityscapes and defined as well as restored city centers around the world.
A founding partner of award-winning Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Gordon’s work includes
the design of the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower (designed at SOM
Chicago), the world’s first large-scale positive energy building, Masdar Headquarters, the world’s tallest
tower, Jeddah Tower in Jeddah Saudi Arabia and most recently the design of Astana Expo 2017 and its
sustainable legacy community for Astana, Kazakhstan. These landmark projects pursue energy
independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site and striking a balance with their
environmental contexts. Gordon’s designs also include performing arts centers, museums, strategic
carbon planning and urban master plans across the globe.
Gordon has been published extensively and has exhibited, lectured and taught widely in the U.S. and
internationally. His designs have repeatedly been recognized and awarded by the American Institute of
Architects and Architectural Institutions around the world. In 2009 he was selected as Chicago’s best
emerging Architect. In 2013 Gordon was elected to The College of Fellows at the American Institute of
Architects and in 2015 Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture was ranked the number one firm in the
United States of America by Architect magazine.
Prior to founding AS+GG in 2006, Gordon was an Associate Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and a
Director of Design for VOA Associates.