John Zils

CTBUH Fellow

SOM | Chicago, United States


John Zils received a B.A. degree in architecture and an M.S. degree in structural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is a licensed structural engineer and architect in Illinois, a licensed professional engineer and architect in Wisconsin and a licensed professional engineer in New York. Mr. Zils is a Fellow of American Association of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a Fellow of American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is a past president of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI), past president of the Structural Engineers Foundation (SEF) and past chairman of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings.

Mr. Zils joined Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM) in 1966 as a structural engineer and recently retired as an Associate Partner after more than 40 years with SOM. During that time, he has been responsible for the design of numerous major…

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CTBUH Fellow (2011)

Awards Jury (Chair 2005)

Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Chicago 1986; Amsterdam; Chair 1995)


03 November 2011

CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Dinner

The 10th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago....


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