Jay Marshall Strabala is an American architect who has participated in the design of prominent buildings in Asia, Europe and North America. He served as the studio head in the design of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. His projects also include the designing of the 828 metre tall Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in China, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 5 Canada Square building at London’s Canary Wharf, Houston's Hess Tower and the Houston Ballet. His latest project is the 632 meter Shanghai Tower, noted to be China’s tallest building. Since 2010, Strabala has been the principal of his own architectural firm, 2DEFINE.
Strabala holds a bachelor’s degree in design from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master's degree in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was previously employed by reputed architectural firms like the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Gensler. Strabala established his own architectural firm, 2DEFINE Architecture in 2010. In 2012, Strabala and 2DEFINE were assigned to work on the design of the Yingkou Convention and Exposition Center in Yingkou, China, projected to cost $68 million.
A member of the American Institute of Architects, Strabala earned his LEED Professional Accreditation that distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills, to successfully steward green building practices and principles. His designs have been rewarded with many of the architectural profession’s highest national and international honours; including two American Institute of Architect Honour Awards (2004, 2005), two ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering Awards(1998, 1999), the Burnham Prize from the Chicago Architecture Club (1996) and the USITT Architecture Award(2001). Eager to share his design ideas with his peers and architecture students, Strabala frequently lectures and publishes papers on topics such as green-building design and tall buildings.