Shankar Nair

Chicago, United States


Shankar Nair is a past chairman of the Council and a principal and senior vice president of Teng & Associates, Inc., a 400-person engineering and architecture firm headquartered in Chicago.

He received a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur in 1965, followed by a Master of Science degree in 1966 and a Ph.D. in 1969, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All the degrees were in civil engineering, with specialization in structures at the graduate level.

He has spent his entire career, since receiving his doctorate, in consulting engineering and full-service design firms. Before joining Teng in 1995, he had served as a principal with Alfred Benesch & Company in Chicago and RTKL Associates Inc. in Baltimore.

With his focus on structural engineering for large architectural and civil engineering…

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CTBUH Fellow (2010)

CTBUH Chairman (1997 – 2001)

Regional Representative, North America (1996 – 1997)

Editorial Committee, Chair (1985 – 1993)

CTBUH Initiatives


21 October 2010

The 9th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago....


23 October 2009

As the Council on Tall Buildings celebrates its 40th Anniversary, we hear some lighter reflections on the Council’s history from colleagues who have been involved...


01 February 2000

R. Shankar Nair, Teng & Associates, Inc.

Site conditions can result in a building having a structurally inefficient and irregular shape (e.g., it may have to be very slender). Such conditions can...