mustafa k. abadan

partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) architects

Mustafa K. Abadan FAIA, joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) at the beginning of his career in 1983 and became a Design Partner in 1996. His portfolio encompasses a wide range of mixed-use, corporate, civic, and institutional work. With a focus on integrating architecture, engineering, and sustainable strategies, he approaches each project as an opportunity to explore ideas of physical and social context, spatial experience, and tectonic expression. Abadan has extensive experience designing complex urban projects that involve intricate site planning and multiple uses, and which incorporate thriving civic spaces. Some of his complex and challenging projects include Time Warner Center in New York, Tokyo Midtown in Tokyo, Tanjong Pagar Centre in Singapore, and Burj Jumeriah in Dubai. 

His projects have won wide professional recognition through awards and prestigious publications. He received Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture in Urban Design degrees from Cornell University and is also the former Chairman of the SOM Foundation.  

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john durschinger

Senior Vice President, Global Design at brookfield property group

Mr. Durschinger is responsible for leading the design of new development for the Brookfield portfolio of properties  globally. He also directs major renovations of existing properties within the portfolio. Recent projects include Bay Adelaide Centre East, Brookfield Place Calgary, Manhattan West, 100 Bishopsgate, London Wall Place, ICD-Brookfield Place Dubai, Brookfield Place Perth and Wynyard Place Sydney.

Prior to joining Brookfield in 2006, John was at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.  In his tenure there, John's roles included Associate Partner, Senior Designer and Project Manager.  His projects included 300 Madison Avenue in New York City, a one million square feet office building developed by Brookfield Properties for CIBC, as well as other major commercial, mixed use, and hospitality projects throughout the United States and Internationally.

John received his BArch at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and his MArch at Columbia University in the City of New York.