||Board of Trustees, Trustee (2008-present)|
Committee; Leadership and Scope, Chair (1999-2000)
Conference, Session Chair (Chicago, 2009)
Conference, Speaker (Chicago, 2006; New York, 2005; Seoul, 2004;
Stuttgart, 2003; Melbourne, 2001; Amsterdam, 1995; Hong Kong, 1990)
Award Recipient, Fazlur Khan Medal (2008)
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
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 ten 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.
His published books and research papers in the field of Tall Buildings include:
BAKER, W., JAMES, P., TOMLINSON, R., WEISS, A. (2009). Case Study: Trump International Hotel & Tower. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Journal 2009, Issue III. Chicago, USA. pp. 16-22.
BAKER, W., KORISTA, S., & LAWRENCE, N. (2008). Engineering the World's Tallest - Burj Dubai. Proceedings of the CTBUH 8th World Congress, 3rd-5th March 2008. Dubai, UAE. Published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago. pp.43-52.
BAKER, W. (2005). Full-Scale Validation of Finite Element Models for Tall Buildings. Proceedings of CTBUH 7th World Congress, 16th-19th October 2005. New York, USA. Published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago.
ABDELRAZAQ, A., BAKER, W., CHUNG, K.R., PAWLIKOWSKI, J., WANG, I. & YON, K.S. (2004). Integration of Design and Construction of the Tallest Building in Korea, Tower Palace III, Seoul, Korea. Proceedings of CTBUH Conference, 10th-13th October 2004. Seoul, Korea. Published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago. pp.654-661.
BAKER, W. (2004). The World’s Tallest Building, Burj Dubai, U.A.E. Proceedings of CTBUH Conference, 10th-13th October 2004. Seoul, Korea. Published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago. pp.1168-1169.
BAKER, W. (2001). Building Systems and Concepts - Structural Innovation. Proceedings of the CTBUH 6th World Congress, 26th February-2nd March 2001. Melbourne, Australia. Published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago.