Peter Irwin

Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award

RWDI, Senior Executive Consultant | Toronto, Canada

About

Peter Irwin joined the company back in 1980 and became the President of RWDI in 1999. He now serves as a Senior Executive Consultant & Past President. His experience in wind engineering dates back to 1974 and includes extensive research and consulting in wind loading, aeroelastic response, wind tunnel methods, instrumentation as well as supervising many hundreds of wind engineering studies of major structures since joining RWDI.

Examples of tall building projects he has worked on are the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Taipei 101 building in Taipei, Two International Finance Centre in Hong Kong and the Burj Dubai tower in Dubai.

Peter earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia and is a Fellow of the ASCE and CSCE. He has published over 120 papers and won several awards…

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Peter Irwin

CTBUH Roles

Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)

Annual Conference, Presenter (New York 2005; Dubai 2008; Mumbai 2010)

Working Group: Wind Tunnel Testing, Co-Chair (2010 – 2013)

Annual Conference, Session Chair (New York 2005; Shanghai 2012)

Videos

06 November 2014

CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Dinner

The 13th 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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Research

19 September 2012

Design of Sustainable Asian Supertall Buildings for Wind

Jon Galsworthy, Duncan Phillips, Peter Irwin & Jiming Xie, RWDI

This paper describes case studies of supertall Asian buildings, focusing on the impacts of wind and other climatic factors on their design. The aerodynamic shape...

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Research

01 March 2012

Human-Induced Vibrations in Buildings

Michael J. Wesolowsky, Peter A. Irwin, Jon K. Galsworthy, & Andrew K. Bell, RWDI

Occupant footfalls are often the most critical source of floor vibration on upper floors of buildings. Floor motions can degrade the performance of imaging equipment,...

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12 June 2013

Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day Two

See the highlights from the second day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including The Shard Networking Reception.

12 June 2013

Wind Tunnel Testing Guide Released

CTBUH has released the Wind Tunnel Testing of High-Rise Buildings Technical Guide at the CTBUH 2013 International Conference in London.

18 September 2012

Wind Engineering Workshop, Shanghai

The wind engineering working group devoted its meeting to discussions of the current draft of the Guideline for the Wind Tunnel Testing of Tall Buildings.

28 August 2012

Eco-in-the-City Features CTBUH

World Architecture News is spotlighting the CTBUH in a series of articles on the site’s Eco-in-the-City blog. The articles penned by CTBUH leaders are focusing on sustainability issues.

19 March 2012

Trustees Meeting 2012 Report, Chicago

After one of the most successful years in the 43-year history of the CTBUH, the Board of Trustees gathered to review recent initiatives and discuss the Council’s long-term strategies.

11 October 2011

Trustees Meeting 2011, Seoul

The second Trustees meeting of 2011, which welcomed new Trustees Dennis Poon and Steve Watts, took place during the Seoul Conference.

06 November 2014

CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Dinner

The 13th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe's iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago....

06 November 2014

Interview: Dr. Peter Irwin

Thursday 6th November 2014. Chicago, IL. Dr. Peter Irwin, of RWDI Consulting Engineers, is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at...

06 November 2014

Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award: Wind Engineering the World’s Tallest

Peter Irwin, one of the founding partners of Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc. (RWDI), has led wind engineering on many of the world’s tallest...

06 November 2014

2014 Awards - Session 1 Q&A

Dr. Peter Irwin, Founding Partner, RWDI Consulting Engineers, Michael Adlerstein, Assistant Secretary-General & Executive Director, United Nations Capital Master Plan, John Gering, Managing Partner, HLW...

20 September 2012

Design of Sustainable Asian Supertall Buildings for Wind

This presentation examined a number of Asian supertall buildings as case studies, focusing on the impacts of wind and other climatic factors on their design....

19 September 2012

Track 11: Façade as Climate Moderator Q & A

The Track 11 panel consisting of Henk de Bleecker, Permasteelisa Group; Thomas Winterstetter, Werner Sobek Group; Robert Bolin, Syska Hennessey; Russell Gilchrist, Gensler, answer questions...

19 September 2012

Design of Sustainable Asian Supertall Buildings for Wind

Jon Galsworthy, Duncan Phillips, Peter Irwin & Jiming Xie, RWDI

This paper describes case studies of supertall Asian buildings, focusing on the impacts of wind and other climatic factors on their design. The aerodynamic shape...

01 March 2012

Human-Induced Vibrations in Buildings

Michael J. Wesolowsky, Peter A. Irwin, Jon K. Galsworthy, & Andrew K. Bell, RWDI

Occupant footfalls are often the most critical source of floor vibration on upper floors of buildings. Floor motions can degrade the performance of imaging equipment,...

10 October 2011

Human-Induced Vibrations in Buildings

Michael J. Wesolowsky, Peter A. Irwin, Jon K. Galsworthy & Andrew K. Bell, RWDI

Occupant footfalls are often the most critical source of floor vibration on upper floors of buildings. Floor motions can degrade the performance of imaging equipment,...

03 March 2008

Friend or Foe - Wind at Height

Peter Irwin, John Kilpatrick & Andrea Frisque, RWDI

Wind is often regarded as the foe of tall buildings since it tends to be the governing lateral load but Wind has some potential beneficial...

16 October 2005

The Wind Engineering of the Burj Dubai Tower

Peter Irwin, RWDI

The Burj Dubai tower will be the world’s tallest building by a wide margin when completed. Wind is the dominant lateral load and thus governed...

26 February 2001

Analysis and Model Techniques for Determining Dynamic Behaviour of Civil Structures with Various Damping Systems

B. Breukelman, T. Haskett, S. Gamble, & P. Irwin, RWDI

Controlling vibrations of structures through the use of damping systems continues to increase as structures become lighter and more slender. As a result, the tools...