Jeffrey Harper

Awards Fire & Risk Engineering Jury

Jensen Hughes, Technical Fellow | Chicago, United States


Mr. Harper is a degreed fire protection engineer from the University of Maryland. He has been a licensed professional engineer for 30+ years and has worked with JENSEN HUGHES, Inc. for 32+ years, working as a firefighter paramedic for 10 years prior to that. Jeff is currently a technical fellow and senior consultanting engineer located in Chicago.

Jeff has worked on many projects developing fire and life safety programs, evaluating code compliance and developing equivalent approaches. He's helped develop both Editions of the SFPE Guide to Fire Protection in Very Tall Buildings. He is Immediate Past Chairman on the Chicago Committee for High Rise Buildings (CCHRB) and participates on the Steel/Timber Research Group for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). His tall building experience includes Burj Khalifa and Kingdom Tower, among others.

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Awards Fire & Risk Engineering Jury (2020; 2021; 2022)

Fire & Life Safety Committee, Member (2017 – Present)

Annual Conference, Presenter (China 2016; Australia 2017; Middle East 2018)


17 October 2016

Why Our Façades Are Contributing to Noteworthy Fires

Jeffrey Harper, Jensen Hughes

Several recent noteworthy fires in high-rise buildings have drawn international media attention and highlighted a perceived weakness in tall building design. These fires appear to...


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01 May 2003

Educating the Public of Safety in Tall Buildings

Jeffery E. Harper, RJA

Since the terrorist attacks on September 11 to the twin towers of the World Trade Center, many questions have been asked, by both building designers...


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