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About Fazlur Khan

Fazlur R. Khan received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in 1950 from the University of Dhaka. His education continued in the United States, where he received a Master of Science Degree in Structural Engineering in 1952, and both a Master of Science in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Engineering three years later. All of his advanced degrees were from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois.

He joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP in 1955, and remained with the firm until his death at age 52. He became Senior Designer with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP his first year there, and finally became Partner in 1970.

Dr. Khan had been responsible for the engineering design of many major architectural projects. He had developed a number of new structural systems for tall buildings, both for reinforced concrete and for structural steel. Among many…


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About Fazlur Khan

Fazlur R. Khan received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in 1950 from the University of Dhaka. His education continued in the United States, where he received a Master of Science Degree in Structural Engineering in 1952, and both a Master of Science in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Engineering three years later. All of his advanced degrees were from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois.

He joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP in 1955, and remained with the firm until his death at age 52. He became Senior Designer with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP his first year there, and finally became Partner in 1970.

Dr. Khan had been responsible for the engineering design of many major architectural projects. He had developed a number of new structural systems for tall buildings, both for reinforced concrete and for structural steel. Among many of the significant tall structures designed by him, three special buildings that stand out are the 714 ft. tall One Shell Plaza building in Houston; the 100-story John Hancock Center in Chicago, one of the world’s tallest multi-use buildings; and the 110-story Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) in Chicago at 1,451 ft.

He published more than 75 technical papers in engineering and architectural journals on topics relating to the analysis, design, and construction of complex structures.

At Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, he was also an adjunct professor of architecture, where he taught since 1961.

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CTBUH Involvement

  • Past Roles:
  • CTBUH Chairman (1979 – 1982)
  • Executive Committee, Vice-Chair (1976 – 1979)
  • Working Group: Systems and Concepts, Chair (1981 – 1982)
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (Nashville 1974; Paris 1977; Shanghai 1981)

Events/Initiatives Involving Fazlur Khan

CTBUH 50th Anniversary: Moments in History #3

28 Mar 2019, Conference Activity – "CTBUH 50th Anniversary: Moments in History #3" explores the impact…

Peter A. Weismantle: Architectural Technical Design Of Supertalls

Peter A. Weismantle: Architectural Technical Design Of Supertalls

21 Apr 2017, Event – Part of the Spring 2017 Khan Distinguished Lecture Series, Weismantle will discuss…

Lawrence G. Griffis: Design And Construction Of Cowboys Stadium

Lawrence G. Griffis: Design And Construction Of Cowboys Stadium

31 Mar 2017, Event – Part of the Spring 2017 Khan Distinguished Lecture Series, Griffis will present…

Events/Initiatives Involving Fazlur Khan

CTBUH 50th Anniversary: Moments in History #3
28 Mar 2019, Chicago – Conference Activity
"CTBUH 50th Anniversary: Moments in History #3" explores the impact that CTBUH Chairman Fazlur R. Khan, partner, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, had on the tall building industry.
Peter A. Weismantle: Architectural Technical Design Of Supertalls
21 Apr 2017, Bethlehem – Event common.non-ctbuh
Part of the Spring 2017 Khan Distinguished Lecture Series, Weismantle will discuss approaches taken in investigating the special nature of supertall structures.
Lawrence G. Griffis: Design And Construction Of Cowboys Stadium
31 Mar 2017, Bethlehem – Event common.non-ctbuh
Part of the Spring 2017 Khan Distinguished Lecture Series, Griffis will present design and construction details as seen from the perspective of the structural engineer.
Eugen Brühwiler: Getting More Out Of Existing Bridges
17 Feb 2017, Bethlehem – Event common.non-ctbuh
Part of the Spring 2017 Khan Distinguished Lecture Series, Brühwiler will examine structural engineering methods and technologies to improve the performance of existing structures.
Back to Bethlehem: Where it all began…
Apr 2011, Bethlehem – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood reflects on his trip to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he met with the Beedle family and visited Lehigh University, where it all began for the Council.
Height: The History of Measuring Tall Buildings
Dec 2009, Chicago – CTBUH News
This article describes some of the events which took place in the Council's long, and sometimes complex, history of measuring tall buildings.

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