William F. Baker is the Structural Engineering Partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM). Throughout his distinguished career, Bill has dedicated himself to structural innovation-- most notably in the design of tall buildings. His development of the Burj Khalifa’s “buttressed core” structural system has ushered in the new era of the supertall building. At 828 meters, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest manmade structure, eclipsing its immediate predecessors by over 300m. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), three of the world’s tallest buildings are credited to Baker and his team: Burj Khalifa, Trump International Hotel & Tower, and Zifeng Tower.
In addition to working at SOM, Bill is actively involved with numerous institutions of higher learning, as well as various professional organizations. He is the 2011 recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) OPAL Award, recognizing lifetime achievement in design. He has also received the Gold Medal from the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and was the first American to receive the Fritz Leonhardt Preis (Germany). In 2008, the CTBUH awarded him the Fazlur Rahman Khan medal. Mr. Baker is a Fellow of both the ASCE and the IStructE, and frequently lectures on a variety of structural engineering topics within the U.S. and abroad.
Spring 2016 Dean's Lecture Series: William Baker
15 Jan 2016, Event – William Baker, Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago, will lecture for…
5th International Congress on Construction History
3-7 Jun 2015, Event – The Construction History Society of America will be hosting the 5th…
Trustees Meeting Reflects CTBUH’s Momentum
28 Feb 2014, Event Report – The CTBUH Board of Trustees met February 28, setting the course for a number of…
6 Nov 2014 –
2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews
William Baker & George J. Efstathiou, SOM
6 Nov 2014 –
CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"
Chair: Antony Wood, Executive Director, CTBUH
Mar 2013 –
Monthly Video Series
William Baker, SOM; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung
Oct 2018 –
CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV
CTBUH 2018 Conference Speakers
17 Oct 2016 –
Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Brian Lee, William Baker, Inho Rhee & Ronald Johnson, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Jun 2014 –
CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue II
Richard Tomlinson II, William Baker, Luke Leung, et al. Skidmore Owings & Merrill
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