Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
William Baker and David Scott honored
Two CTBUH Trustees have recently received significant honors. William F. Baker of SOM has been recognized with the Gold Medal from The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and David Scott of Arup has been recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Bill Baker to Receive Highest Honor from  The Institution of Structural Engineers
William F. Baker P.E., S.E., FIStructE, Structural Engineering Partner at Skidmore, Owings  & Merrill LLP (SOM) will be recognized with the Gold Medal from The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) for his work as an internationally acclaimed structural engineer.  Founded in 1908 and headquartered in the United Kingdom, IStructE is the world’s largest membership organization dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering.  

In response to receiving the news, Baker commented, “I am quite overwhelmed by the honor of receiving the Gold Medal.  I am humbled to be recognized by my peers and to be in the company of some of the greatest structural engineers of the modern age.

The Gold Medal is the Institution’s highest individual award for ‘exceptional and outstanding contributions to the advancement of structural engineering.’  The award was first presented in 1922 to Professor Henry Adams.  Previous winners of the Gold Medal include Felix Candela (1960), Luigi Nervi (1967), Ove Arup (1973), Fritz Leonhardt (1975), Jorg Schlaich (1990), Edmund Happold (1991), Anthony Hunt (1994), Michel Virlogeux (1996), Ian Liddell (1999) and David Nethercot (2009).  

Throughout his distinguished career, Baker has dedicated himself to structural innovation – most notably in the design of tall buildings.  His most recent contribution has been to develop the “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa, a system which, in conjunction with sophisticated wind engineering, makes it possible to construct skyscrapers of extreme elevation.  The Burj Khalifa is currently the world’s tallest manmade structure.  

According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), three of the five tallest buildings to top out in 2009 are credited to SOM where Baker led the structural engineering: Burj Khalifa (Dubai), Nanjing Greenland Financial Center (Nanjing), and Trump International Hotel & Tower (Chicago).

Other notable projects include the Broadgate Exchange House (London), Korean Air Lines Operations Center (Seoul), Infinity Tower (Dubai), General Motors Renaissance Center – North Lobby (Detroit) and Raspberry Island – Schubert Club Band Shell (St. Paul).  

In 2008, Baker received the Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal for lifetime achievement from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.  In 2009, he was the first American to receive the Fritz Leonhardt Prize (Germany) in recognition of his engineering accomplishments.   

Baker will give his Gold Medal Address at the Institution of Structural Engineers/IABSE Lecture on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at the Institute of Directors, London.
David Scott Elected as Fellow 
David Scott, CTBUH Vice-Chairman, has been elected by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) as one of the 48 new UK and International Fellows to its 1500-strong Fellowship of experts in the sciences, arts, humanities, the professions, industry and commerce. The new Fellows were elected after a rigorous four-stage selection process.

Each new Fellow of the RSE is recognized within his or her peer group as having achieved excellence within their discipline or profession. Once admitted to the RSE, Fellows are encouraged to contribute to the aims and objectives of the Society, including the provision of expert policy advice to Government and Parliament, outreach education program for young people, and public engagement events including conferences and discussion forums.

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, the President of the RSE commented, “I am delighted to be able to announce the election of 48 new Fellows of the RSE – each will, I am sure, be a credit to the Society and I look forward to welcoming them at the new Fellows’ induction day in early May. I hope and expect that our new intake of Fellows will contribute actively to the work that the RSE undertakes in contributing to public policy development, engaging with the public and supporting research and innovation. These are key areas in promoting the core objectives of the Society - the advancement of learning and useful knowledge.

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