Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

2013 Fazlur R. Khan Achievement Medal Winner
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“Clyde has contributed so much to our industry. He has touched a lot of projects and been instrumental in making those projects successful."
 
                      
Bill Maibusch, CTBUH Trustee
  Clyde N. Baker, Jr.
Senior Principal Engineer, AECOM, retired

Clyde Baker has performed geotechnical engineering for seven of the 16 tallest buildings in the world, and a major portion of the high-rise buildings built in downtown Chicago over the past 50 years, including nine with deep basements and slurry walls.

Mr. Baker received his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and joined the staff of STS Consultants, Ltd. (formerly Soil Testing Services) in the fall of 1954. Over the past 50 years he has served as the geotechnical engineer on a major portion of high-rise construction in Chicago during that time frame. He has also served as geotechnical engineer or consultant on the Willis Tower (formerly Sears), the John Hancock Center, the Aon Center (formerly Amoco), the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Taipei 101, Taiwan.
  
Willis Tower
Chicago, USA 1974
Taipei 101
Taipei, Taiwan 2004
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Petronas Towers
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1998.
  
As a result of his experience, Mr. Baker has developed an international reputation in the design and construction of deep foundations. He has been a leader in using in-situ testing techniques correlated with past building performance to develop more efficient foundation designs. 

Mr. Baker has shared his knowledge and experience with his peers through numerous Conference and University lectures, technical articles, papers and publications. He is the recipient of the Deep Foundation’s Institute Distinguished Service Award, the ADSC Outstanding Service Award, ASCE’s Ralph B. Peck, Thomas A. Middlebrooks and Martin S. Kapp Awards and of three Meritorious Publication Awards from SEAOI including the "History of Chicago Building Foundations 1948 to 1998" and is the author of "The Drilled Shaft Inspectors' Manual" sponsored jointly by the Deep Foundation Institute and the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC). Mr. Baker is an Honorary Member of ASCE, a past President of SEAOI and the Chicago Chapter of ISPE, a past Chairman of the Geotechnical Engineering Division of ASCE, a past Editor of the Geotechnical Engineering Journal and a past Chairman of ACI Committee 336 on Footings, Mats and Drilled Piers. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and in 2006 received The Moles 2006 Non-Member Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Construction”.