Benton Johnson

Awards Innovation Jury

SOM, Principal | Chicago, United States


As Director of Structural Engineering in the Chicago office, Benton Johnson brings new approaches to structural engineering and sustainable design through research initiatives and industry partnerships. He leads SOM’s Timber Tower Research Project, a multi-year initiative involving full-scale structural, fire, and acoustic testing of mass-timber systems. He has also emerged as a leader in 3D printed buildings through collaborations with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His innovative approach to structural engineering results in efficient and sustainable solutions that are applicable to a wide range of building types.

Johnson’s project experience includes a range of domestic and international projects, from supertall buildings, mixed-use developments, and commercial offices, to convention centers, healthcare facilities, and demonstration buildings. Notable…

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Awards Innovation Jury (2022)

Innovation Conference, Speaker (Chicago 2020)


23 May 2022

Two Public Buildings, California: Using Steel & Timber To Achieve Weight Savings

The lightweight benefits of steel timber-hybrids are explored in this presentation through two projects; Billie Jean King Library, Long Beach, reuses existing foundations on-site to...


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