Mark Sarkisian

SOM, Partner of Structural Engineering | San Francisco, United States


Mark Sarkisian leads Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP’s San Francisco-based Structural Engineering Studio – an award winning group that collaborates with the firm’s other disciplines to create innovative and integrated structural solutions. His diverse portfolio includes commercial, laboratory, medical, historic, transportation, residential/hotel, and educational facilities, as well as mixed-use skyscrapers.

Scientific research, particularly in the area of seismic design, informs Mr. Sarkisian’s approach. He has published more than 100 papers examining seismic behavior, tall building design, and innovative uses of materials in structures. Over his 25 year-long career, he has received over 50 awards for innovation in structural engineering.

Mark’s career has focused on developing innovative structural engineering solutions for over 100 major building projects—several among the world’s…

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Working Group: Smart Building Technology (2018 – Present)

CTBUH Fellow (2016)

Working Group: Structural Design of Steel Buildings, Co-Chair (1999 – 2001)


03 November 2016


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2016 Awards - Session 2 Q&A

Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Joseph Chou, Chairman, Taipei Financial Center Corporation; Mark Sarkisian, Partner of Structural Engineering, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill;...


01 September 2017


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Site | Structure | Architecture – Projects that Create Change

Leo Chow & Mark P. Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

China’s rapid growth has created great opportunities for design and construction of projects that not only transform sites but cities. This work combines local, national,...


01 March 2016


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Mechanical Amplification of Relative Movements in Damped Outriggers for Wind and Seismic Response Mitigation

Neville Mathias, Francesco Ranaudo, and Mark Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The concept of introducing viscous damping devices between outriggers and perimeter columns in tall buildings to provide supplementary damping and improve performance, reduce structural costs,...