On Tuesday, February 9th, Structural Engineering Partner Bill Baker and Managing Partner Ken Lewis will present on One World Trade Center and Burj Khalifa for Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie. The presentation will run in conjunction with an exhibit about the design and construction of impressive towers and bridges.
Published by ASCE-SEI, the leading engineering organization, "Design and Performance of Tall Buildings for Wind" includes contributions from multiple SOM structural engineers including Preetam Biswas, who served as editor and lead author. The book is intended as an industry reference for tall building design.
The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded William Baker, SOM Consulting Partner, with its 2020 Ernest E. Howard Awar for his notable contributions in the fields of civil and structural engineering.
In an episode of Create the Future: An Engineering Podcast, Consulting Partner Bill Baker talks with host Sue Nelson. The two discuss the Burj Khalifa, the relationships between architecture and structure, the future of engineering, and advice for young engineers entering the field.
Consulting Partner Bill Baker is cited in this article about structural innovation and the design impact of New York's most iconic skyscrapers. Baker is best known for the development of the “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest manmade structure.
In an episode of National Geographic's Superstructures: Engineering Marvels, William Baker explains how his structural engineering team designed the world's tallest tower to withstand strong winds and severe weather.
The International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures has honored consulting partner William Baker as a joint recipient of the 2019 Torroja Medal. The medal is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions made by architects and engineers to the design field made.
Chicago television station WTTW interviews William Baker about the John Hancock Center (now known as 875 North Michigan Avenue) in honor of the iconic tower's 50th anniversary. The Chicago Architecture Center's Kathy Kulick; Bill Casey, 875 North Michigan's chief engineer; and Nichole Williamson, the general manager of the building's observation deck, are also featured.
On September 12th, 2019, William F. Baker will moderate a panel celebrating the 50th anniversary of the John Hancock Center (now known as 875 North Michigan Avenue). The event is held in partnership with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the Chicago Architecture Center.
In celebration of London Design Festival 2019, "Reflections: The Anatomy of Form" will be on view at the Design Museum in London beginning on September 6th. The exhibition explores the work behind SOM’s structural engineering practice and its integration with architectural design.
For the inaugural Forum event in September 2019, the SOM Foundation and Illinois Institute of Technology invite leaders in architecture and engineering to share ideas and research that are reshaping the design field today.
On July 13, Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker will speak at the 2019 International Conference on Sustainable Development of Construction Engineering. He will discuss the engineering innovation behind the design of the Burj Khalifa, as well as new technology in the design and construction of supertall buildings around the world.
On June 5th, 2019, SOM and Arquine magazine will host a panel discussion on collaborations in architecture and engineering to celebrate "SOM: Arte + Ingeniería + Arquitectura." The exhibition is on view at the historic Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City.
On April 8th , 2019, William F. Baker and Mark Sarkisian will deliver a lecture titled "Architecture Seen Through Structure" in Mexico City. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition "SOM: Arte + Ingeniería + Arquitectura."
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, "SOM: Arte + Ingeniería + Arquitectura" in Mexico City. The exhibition will open on March 9th as part of the annual MEXTRÓPOLI design festival.
SOM Partner William F. Baker delivered the commencement address at the Winter 2018 graduation ceremony of the University of Missouri's College of Engineering . Baker holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri and received an honorary doctorate from the school in 2017.
On October 15th, 2018 SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker will speak at the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Baker will discuss recent SOM research initiatives and projects in a lecture titled "Architecture and Structures in the Computational Age."
In October of 2018, SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker will present a series of lectures at multiple venues in Switzerland and Germany. Baker will speak at ETH Zurich, Technische Universität in Berlin-Wedding, and the Karl-Hofer Society in Berlin.
On October 26th, 2018, William F. Baker and John Zils will speak at the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations' annual summit in Chicago. The two will share insight on Chicago’s role as a center of innovation in skyscraper design and engineering.
SOM's leadership in skyscraper and urban design will once again be represented at the annual global conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). This year's event takes place from October 20th to 25th in various venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker will provide the keynote address at the 2018 Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) Conference. The event will take place at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden on September 25th, 2018.
SOM will participate in the 2018 symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, an event for which SOM is also one of the sponsors. SOM Partner William Baker and others will deliver presentations at the symposium.
In June 2018, SOM’s Chicago office hosted an official delegation from Osaka, Japan. The group’s visit was part of the delegation’s tour of Chicago celebrating the 45th anniversary of the "sister cities" partnership between Osaka and Chicago.
On Thursday June 21st, SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker will speak at the Bisnow Office Leasing & Development Summit Midwest in Chicago. Baker will join a panel discussion titled "Megadevelopments: Building For the Future."
CNN looks back on the impact of the Burj Khalifa and the evolving future of architecture in Dubai. SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker is interviewed regarding the design and engineering innovations of the Burj Khalifa and its continuing influence on the built environment.
On April 19th, 2018, SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker will speak at Princeton University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. There, Baker will highlight issues surrounding building design and its challenges in an age of computer-aided design.
Following the 2017 death of architect and developer John Portman, CityLab explores the compatibility of his typical hotel designs with 21st-century cities. William Baker and Richard Tomlinson share insight on SOM's redesign of Portman's Detroit Renaissance Center, which was converted into General Motors' headquarters in the mid-1990s.
Wallpaper talks with SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker about the "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]" exhibition in Chicago. The exhibition, which presents the innovative ideas and projects of SOM's "Research Gang," explores the balance between engineering and design.
The University of Missouri honored William F. Baker, SOM Structural Engineering Partner, with an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in recognition of his distinguished career and contributions to the field. The degree was conferred on December 15th, 2017.
On November 28th, 2017, Mana Contemporary Chicago and SOM will host a panel discussion on collaborations in art and engineering. The event is the third of a series organized with "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]," an exhibition produced in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
On November 14th, 2017, William F. Baker will deliver a keynote presentation at the Structural Engineers World Congress in Cancun, Mexico. Themed "Architectural and Structural Design for Enriching Human Habitats," the event brings together professionals from a broad range of disciplines.
On November 2nd, 2017, the Travel Channel will air a program called "The Secret Life of America's Tallest Buildings." William F. Baker, SOM Structural Engineering Partner, is featured in the program and shares insight on Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).
On November 3rd, 2017, William F. Baker will lecture at Caltech's Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory as part of the Department of Aerospace's colloquium series. Baker will discuss the contributions of leading historical figures in structural engineering, and their applications in the contemporary field.
On October 25th, 2017, William Baker and Mark Sarkisian will speak at the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The lecture coincides with "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]," a pop-up exhibition presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
On October 12th, 2017, Mana Contemporary Chicago and SOM will host a panel discussion in conjunction with "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]." The special pop-up exhibition was produced by Mana Contemporary Chicago in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
New Atlas dives into the engineering of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest manmade structure, in an interview with SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker. Baker explains the ideas behind his designs for the Dubai building, as well as for projects in other cities.
Designboom covers "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]," an exhibition presented by Mana Contemporary in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The exhibition delves into SOM's design principles through a series of defining themes.
As the Chicago Architecture Biennial invites city residents and visitors to “Make New History” this fall, SOM is proud to partner with the Biennial and leading Chicago-based cultural organizations to explore the intersection between art, architecture, urban planning, and engineering.
On July 13th, 2017, William F. Baker will deliver a keynote presentation at the Structural Engineers World Congress in Bangalore, India. Themed "Architecture-Structure Interaction for a Sustainable Built Environment," the congress focuses on innovative uses of concrete in sustainable projects.
On June 7th, 2017, William F. Baker and Mark Sarkisian will deliver a lecture at AIT ArchitekturSalon in Hamburg, Germany. The event coincides with the opening of "The Engineering of Architecture," a traveling exhibition that explores SOM’s decades-long history of structural engineering.
The University of Illinois has honored SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker with the Alumni Achievement Award, its highest honor. The award is presented to alumni who have attained outstanding success and distinction in their professions.
On April 28th, 2017, William F. Baker will speak at the Sidney A. Guralnick Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In "The Design of Structures," Baker will explore the ideas behind some of SOM's best-known buildings.
Architizer interviews SOM Structural Engineering Partners Mark Sarkisian and William F. Baker on the relationship between engineering and architecture. They discuss how structural innovations—and the modelmaking and testing that go into realizing them—respond to the context of each project.
On October 26th, 2016, SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker and SOM Associate Director Chung Yeon Won will speak at a meeting of WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate. They will discuss the technology and design behind New York's recent crop of slender, supertall towers.
On October 14th, 2016, William F. Baker and Mark Sarkisian will speak at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. The lecture conincides with the opening of the exhibition "Sky's the Limit: The Engineering of Architecture," on view at the Utzon Center in Aalborg, Denmark.
"Sky's the Limit: The Engineering of Architecture" opens this October at the world-renowned Utzon Center, in Aalborg, Denmark. The exhibition includes structural models of 26 SOM projects around the world, providing an in-depth look into the firm's engineering practice.
On September 27th, 2016, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker will participate in the symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures. Joining a panel discussion, Baker will speak about the winning entry for a recent student design competition.
SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker will deliver a presentation at the 2016 Future of Design symposium. His lecture, taking place in London on September 8th, 2016, will focus on geometry and the design of structure.
In a new article, BBC Future asks if today's skyscrapers will outlast the Egyptian pyramids. William F. Baker, engineer of the Burj Khalifa and SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, contributes his expert opinion on how skyscrapers can be designed and maintained to last forever.
Industrial Prime interviews SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker at SOM's Chicago office. The article relates Baker's engineering career, from his roots in a small town to engineering the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker recently spoke in a panel discussion at London's Victoria and Albert Museum as a part of its annual Engineering Season. The event was hosted and broadcast by the BBC World Service in partnership with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
On May 31st, 2016, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker will participate in two panel discussions in London with other leading engineers. The two separate events will be hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the BBC.
In connection with his H.C. Ørsted lecture at the Technical University of Denmark, William F. Baker, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, was interviewed about his innovative research and achievements gained as the engineer for the Burj Khalifa.
SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker will participate in a symposium at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on April 30th, 2016. The event will focus on Japanese structural design and architectural history.
SOM Partner William F. Baker will lecture at the February Dinner Meeting of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI). At the event, Baker will address Chicago's role in shaping urban landscapes worldwide and the city's potential for innovation in structural engineering.
BR Bayern Radio 2 sits down with SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Parner William F. Baker and Structural Engineer Christian Hartz to discuss "The Engineering of Architecture," SOM's latest European exhibition, currently on display at Architekturgalerie München.
On January 15th, 2016, SOM Partner William F. Baker will deliver a Dean's Lecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. An industry leader in structural engineering, Baker will provide rare insight into his design process at the event.
From the Burj Khalifa to John Hancock Center, SOM has realized some of the most structurally sophisticated buildings of the 20th and 21st centuries. DETAIL Engineering 4 delves into the firm’s unique structural engineering process and follows the transformation of ideas from conception to construction.
From January 19th to March 4th, 2016, the work of SOM's structural engineering practice will be on display in an exhibition at Architekturgalerie Munich. "The Engineering of Architecture" will showcase the firm's history of research, design, and realization of cutting-edge projects.
On June 6, 2015, William F. Baker, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, will speak about architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s imaginative design for The Illinois, a mile-high tower. Baker will discuss the feasibility of realizing the fantastical project using today’s technology.
The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) honored William F. Baker, SOM Structural Engineering Partner, with an Honorary Doctorate on May 16, 2015. The degree was conferred to Baker at IIT’s 2015 Commencement. He is one of three honorary degree recipients for the 2014 – 2015 academic year.
As part of a special segment about severe weather, CBS Chicago interviews SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker about skyscrapers’ ability to withstand strong storms. Baker explains how SOM-designed towers like the Burj Khalifa mitigate wind loads. The special premiered on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:30 pm CST and will air again on Saturday, June 6 at 1:30 pm.
Two experts on tall buildings, William F. Baker, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, and Kenneth A. Lewis, SOM Managing Partner, recently spoke with architecture critic Justin Davidson about the feasibility of mile-high structures. Their thoughts on the future of supertalls appear in this week’s New York Magazine.
William F. Baker, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, will deliver a lecture at the University of Bath in England on March 6, 2015. Baker is the current Galletly/Dickson Visiting Scholar in Architecture at the University of Bath.
William F. Baker, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, will speak at the 2015 Design Methods, Graphic Statics, and Parametric Approaches Seminar, hosted by the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. The seminar will bring together international engineering and architecture experts to discuss advancements and issues related to these topics.
SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker will deliver a lecture on November 13, 2014, at the AIA New York Center for Architecture. The talk will focus on how the geometry of a structural system is critical to its function, effectiveness, and efficiency.
SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker will discuss creativity with notable Northwestern University academics on October 8, 2014. The free, public event will focus on the similarities and differences of the creative process across disciplines.
William F. Baker, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, has been elected an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the UK’s preeminent national academy for the advancement of engineering. Baker will be formally admitted into the Fellowship on November 17, 2014.
SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William Baker and Design Director Kent Jackson will lead a public workshop on the topic of “Superlatives” at the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale on Saturday, September 6.
The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) has awarded William F. Baker, SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, with its 2014 International Award of Merit in Structural Engineering. The award has been presented annually since 1976.
Three experts from SOM wrote about the Burj Khalifa and Willis Tower in a new book,“Tall and Supertall Buildings: Planning and Design.” Emblems of their respective eras, these structures represent enormous milestones in both the history of SOM and the planning and design of supertall buildings.
On April 8, 2014, SOM Partner William F. Baker will engage in a Design Dialogue with Susan Szenasy, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Metropolis. They will discuss the well-honed culture and strategy that lead to the creation of structurally innovative, sustainable, supertall structures.
William F. Baker, SOM Structural Engineering Partner, is one of five experts interviewed for a New York Times podcast on urbanization. The audio story explores how cities function, how data can solve urban problems, and what a future metropolis might look like.
On February 13, William F. Baker, SOM Structural Engineering Partner, will present his 2013 AISC T.R. Higgins Lecture, “Structural Innovation: Combining Classic Theories with New Technologies,” at Boston’s Northeastern University.
SOM has been named Large Middle East Firm of the Year by Middle East Architect magazine. In addition to this honor, SOM Partner William F. Baker was named Middle East Engineer of the Year and Sheikh Khalifa Medical City was acknowledged as Institutional Project of the Year.
William F. Baker, SOM Partner in Charge of Structural Engineering, will appear on the panel "Supertall Case Studies: Technique, Practice & Design." Carol Willis of The Skyscraper Museum will moderate the panel.
SOM Partners William F. Baker and Brian Lee presented "Considering Place in an Integrated Approach to Tall" at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 2012 Conference.
SOM leadership converged in Shanghai for the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat 9th World Congress. The event, titled “Asia Ascending: The Age of the Sustainable Skyscraper City,” took place from September 19 - 21 at the SOM-designed Jin Mao Tower.
SOM Partner William F. Baker has been named honorary Doctor of Engineering by Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University. The accolade recognizes his distinguished career and influential contributions in the field of structural engineering.
SOM Partner William F. Baker is renowned for his work on supertall buildings and is perhaps best known as the engineer of Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Baker has been named a member of the National Academy of Construction, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the American construction industry.
SOM Partner William F. Baker will present the annual Gordon H. Smith Lecture at the Yale School of Architecture on February 16, 2012.
The SOM Chicago office has won an international competition to design a massive tower for a lakefront development in Wujiang, China. The 75-level, mixed-use building will include offices, service apartments, a hotel, and retail space.
Princeton civil engineering students interview SOM Partner William F. Baker about the design and construction of tall buildings, Fazlur Khan’s legacy, and how students can best prepare themselves for a career in structural engineering.
William F. Baker, SOM Partner in Charge of Structural and Civil Engineering, speaks about the innovative form and structural system of the Burj Khalifa — currently the world's tallest free-standing structure.