Fazlur Khan

SOM | Chicago, United States


Fazlur R. Khan received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in 1950 from the University of Dhaka. His education continued in the United States, where he received a Master of Science Degree in Structural Engineering in 1952, and both a Master of Science in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Engineering three years later. All of his advanced degrees were from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois.

He joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP in 1955, and remained with the firm until his death at age 52. He became Senior Designer with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP his first year there, and finally became Partner in 1970.

Dr. Khan had been responsible for the engineering design of many major architectural projects. He had developed a number of new structural systems for tall buildings, both for reinforced concrete and for structural steel. Among many…

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Fazlur Khan


CTBUH Chairman (1979 – 1982)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Nashville 1974; Paris 1977; Shanghai 1981)

Executive Committee, Vice-Chair (1976 – 1979)

Working Group: Systems and Concepts, Chair (1981 – 1982)

28 March 2019

CTBUH 50th Anniversary: Moments in History #3

"CTBUH 50th Anniversary: Moments in History #3" explores the impact that CTBUH Chairman Fazlur R. Khan, partner, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, had on the tall building industry.

21 April 2017

Peter A. Weismantle: Architectural Technical Design Of Supertalls

Part of the Spring 2017 Khan Distinguished Lecture Series, Weismantle will discuss approaches taken in investigating the special nature of supertall structures.

31 March 2017

Lawrence G. Griffis: Design And Construction Of Cowboys Stadium

Part of the Spring 2017 Khan Distinguished Lecture Series, Griffis will present design and construction details as seen from the perspective of the structural engineer.

17 February 2017

Eugen Brühwiler: Getting More Out Of Existing Bridges

Part of the Spring 2017 Khan Distinguished Lecture Series, Brühwiler will examine structural engineering methods and technologies to improve the performance of existing structures.

13 April 2011

Back to Bethlehem: Where it all began…

Executive Director Antony Wood reflects on his trip to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he met with the Beedle family and visited Lehigh University, where it all began for the Council.

16 December 2009

Height: The History of Measuring Tall Buildings

This article describes some of the events which took place in the Council's long, and sometimes complex, history of measuring tall buildings.