Board of Trustees, CTBUH Chairman (1997-2001)
Executive Committee, Member (2001-2006)
Regional Representative, North America (1996-1997)
Committee; Editorial, Chair (1985-1993)
Award Recipient, CTBUH Fellow (2010)
Teng & Associates
Shankar Nair is a past chairman of the Council and a principal and senior vice president of Teng & Associates, Inc., a 400-person engineering and architecture firm headquartered in Chicago.
He received a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur in 1965, followed by a Master of Science degree in 1966 and a Ph.D. in 1969, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All the degrees were in civil engineering, with specialization in structures at the graduate level.
He has spent his entire career, since receiving his doctorate, in consulting engineering and full-service design firms. Before joining Teng in 1995, he had served as a principal with Alfred Benesch & Company in Chicago and RTKL Associates Inc. in Baltimore.
With his focus on structural engineering for large architectural and civil engineering projects, Dr. Nair developed the structural designs of many major bridges and high-rise buildings, including the longest-span tied-arch bridge in the world and a 90-story, 1047-ft tall building now partly constructed in Chicago. His projects have received numerous awards for innovation and engineering excellence.
Active as a researcher, lecturer and leader of professional activities, he has published many technical papers and served as chairman of many committees including, currently, the Committee on Specifications of the American Institute of Steel Construction. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2005 for his “contributions to the art and science of engineering through the design of innovative bridges and building structures.”
His published books and research papers in the field of Tall Buildings include:
NAIR, S. (2000). Building Where They Said it Couldn't Be Done. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Journal 2000, Issue I. Chicago, USA. pp.22-29.
NAIR, S. (2000). Modeling of Support Conditions at the Bases of Tall Buildings. Engineering Journal. AISC. 1stQtr. 2000.
NAIR, S. (1998). Belt Trusses and Basements as 'Virtual' Outriggers for Tall Buildings. Engineering Journal. AISC. 4th Qtr. 1998.
NAIR, S. (1998). A Tall Building of Stacked Steel and Concrete Structures. Second Century of the Skyscraper. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Chicago, USA. 1998.
NAIR, S. (1986). A Modified Tube Concept for Tall Buildings. Engineering Journal. AISC. 3rd Qtr 1986.
NAIR, S. (1983). A Simple Method of Overall Stability Analysis for Multi-Story Buildings. Developments in Tall Buildings. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.1983
NAIR, S. (1975). Overall Elastic Stability of Multi-Story Buildings. Journal of the Structural Division. ASCE. Dec. 1975
NAIR, S. (1975). Linear Structural Analysis of Multi-Story Buildings. Journal of Structural Division. ASCE. Mar. 1975