Mir M. Ali

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor Emeritus


Mir M. Ali is Professor Emeritus and former Chairman (1993-2003; 2007-2011) of the Structures Division of the School of Architecture at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently he is teaching there as an Adjunct Professor. He was twice recognized by the University’s Chancellor for academic excellence (1999, 2009). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and received ASCE’s Millennium Challenge Prize (1999) for his winning article on skyscrapers in a world-wide competition. He is also a Fellow of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Dr. Ali was the Chairman of CTBUH’s Committee 30-Architecture (1990-1998) and a Group Leader of its Group PA-Planning and Architecture (1998-2005) overseeing eight topical committees. He also served on the following CTBUH committees: Committee 3-Structural Systems (1990-2000); Committee 14-Analysis and Design…

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Architecture Committee, Chairman& Editor (1990 – 1996)

Steering Group (1998 – 2008)


22 October 2009

The CTBUH named the Linked Hybrid building as the 2009 Best Tall Building Overall at the 8th Annual Awards Dinner, held at Crown Hall in...


11 October 2019

Mir M. Ali, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Gerald Larson, University of Cincinnati

Chicago’s Home Insurance Building, the 12-story office building designed by William Le Baron Jenney, completed in 1885 and demolished in 1931, has frequently been referred...


28 April 2017

Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Mir Ali, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chicago’s drum-shaped, 17-story James R. Thompson Center, with its soaring atrium and extensive glazing, has been criticized for poor temperature control and spatial inefficiency, and...