Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2005 Lynn S. Beedle Award Winner
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Dr. Alan G. Davenport  

Dr. Alan G. Davenport
Director Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory
The University of Western Ontario


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Dr. Davenport is Professor Emeritus of the Engineering Faculty of The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario and a former Chairman of the Civil Engineering Group. He was the founder of the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory and has been the Director since its establishment in 1965. In his research interests, Dr. Davenport has pioneered in the application of boundary layer wind tunnels to the design of wind sensitive structures, the description of urban wind climates and other problems involving the action of wind. He also contributed to the fields of meteorology, environmental loads, structural dynamics, and earthquake loading; and developed the world's first statistically based seismic zoning map, for Canada

Dr. Davenport has acted as engineering consultant on many major structures, including the world's tallest and longest; the World Trade Center in New York City, the Sears Building in Chicago, the CN Tower in Toronto, the proposed 3,300 meter (10,827 ft) span Messina Straits Crossing in Italy, Normandy bridge in France, the Storebaelt bridge in Denmark, and the Tsing Ma bridge in Hong Kong. His consulting activities have extended to major buildings, towers, buildings, offshore structures, and pipelines throughout the world.  He has also contributed internationally to design standards.  In serving on a wide variety of professional and government committees, Dr. Davenport has been chairman of the ASCE Task Force on Wind Forces; is a member of the Canadian Aeronautical Research Advisory Committee, The Canadian National Committee on Earthquake Engineering, the Committee on the National Building Code of Canada, the Board on Natural Disasters of the National Academy of Engineering in the United States, and the International Standards Organization.

In addition to receiving the Alfred Noble Prize from the six founding engineering societies in the United States, Dr. Davenport has most recently been awarded the Sir John Kennedy Medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada in recognition of outstanding service to the profession and for noteworthy contributions to the science of engineering. He has also received Canada’s highest honor for lifetime achievement by being appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, the Jack E. Cermak Medal from ASCE for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Wind Engineering, a Special Achievement Award from AISC Construction “for his contributions to the development and application
of wind engineering and design,” and other honors too numerous to mention.

Dr. Davenport died on July 19 at age 76 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
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Canary Warf Emirates Tower Seven World Trade Center
Canary Warf
London, UK, 1982-Present
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Emirates Tower
Dubai, UAE, 1996

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Seven World Trade Center
New York, NY, 2002

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For more information on Dr. Alan G. Davenport and his work please visit his company website.