Architect, founding partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Gordon Gill is an architect and one of the world’s preeminent exponents of performance-based design. His work, which ranges from the world’s largest buildings to elements of a single home, is driven by his philosophy that there is a language of performance: a purposeful relationship between design and the performance criteria placed upon the subject.
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), and the world’s first large-scale positive energy building, Masdar Headquarters. These landmark projects achieve energy independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site, striking a balance with their environmental contexts. Gordon has also designed performing arts centers, museums, schools, civic spaces and urban master plans across the globe.
Gordon’s work has been published and exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally. His designs have repeatedly been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and in 2009 he was selected as the Chicago’s Best Emerging Architect by the Chicago Reader.
Prior to founding AS+GG in 2006, Gordon was an Associate Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and a Director of Design for VOA Associates. Most recently, he co-founded PositivEnergy Practice, a consulting firm that designs and implements energy and carbon reduction strategies for clients around the world.