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Skid­more, Owings & Mer­rill (SOM), United States With more than three decades of ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice un­der his belt, TJ Gottesdiener has played sig­nif­i­cant roles in the for­ma­tion of the most as­tound­ing struc­tures to­day. Cit­ing Win­ston Churchill, Gottesdiener says, “We shape our build­ings; there­after, they shape us.” Gottesdiener in­sists that modern beauty is not just about aes­thet­ics, but also about el­e­gance and func­tion­al­ity.

This was es­pe­cially im­por­tant when he headed the project of build­ing One World Trade Cen­ter. Bring­ing sim­plic­ity and struc­tural clar­ity to his work, Gottesdiener de­scribes architecture as “un­avoid­able art”, which has a great im­pact on how we per­ceive daily beauty. “Peo­ple should be able to look at it and in­tu­itively un­der­stand the de­sign. We strive for our work to re­flect the as­pi­ra­tions of the city and its cul­ture,” he re­calls.

“I’d like for peo­ple to come away in­spired and up­lifted. I feel a great sense of ac­com­plish­ment walk­ing around a city, and know­ing that you were part of mak­ing some­thing phys­i­cal that is more ex­cit­ing and in­ter­est­ing.”

The of­fi­cial open­ing of Ma­haNakhon saw a stun­ning light dis­play across the sky

Gottesdiener wants the One World Trade Cen­ter to be a sym­bol of the present and the fu­ture

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