Brian McElhatten

Arup, Associate Principal | Chicago, United States


Brian McElhatten is an Associate Principal and leads Arup Chicago’s structural group. He has worked around the world throughout his career on notable projects including the 70-story Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China; the 450m Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, China; four 60+ story towers in New York City; two 100+ story towers in South Korea, as well as numerous other building types. Previously, Brian was an associate director of structural engineering for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He served as the project engineer on multiple, simultaneous projects and oversaw engineers in the Chicago and New York City offices.

With his diverse background, Brian brings a wide range of skills and leadership to Arup, and possesses broad experience in all phases of design and construction. He has extensive knowledge of tall building systems, analysis, design and construction.

Brian holds bachelors and master’s…

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Chapter Vice-Chair, Chicago (2018 – Present)

Future Leaders Committee, Global, Chicago (2018)

Future Leaders Committee, Chicago, Co-Chair (2018)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Chicago 2019)

Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Chicago 2019)


01 May 2009

Performance-Based Evaluation for the 450m Nanjing Greenland Financial Center Main Tower

Charles M. Besjak, Brian J. McElhatten & Preetam Biswas, SOM

In order to obtain seismic review approval for the Nanjing State-Owned Assets & Greenland Financial Center's Main Tower, one of the tallest structures in the...


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