William Baker

SOM, Consulting Structural Engineering Partner | Chicago, United States


William Baker’s dedication to innovative structural engineering design and research is evident in the diversity of his projects. He developed the Bruj Khalifa’s “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest human-made structure, as well as the Broadgate Exchange House, a 10-story office building with an iconic structure that spans a 78-meter-long rail yard in London. Baker has advanced a range of engineering collaborations with architects and artists from around the world at all scales, including James Turrell’s permanent Skypsace installation at Rice University and Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago.


Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)

Student Competition Second-Round Jury (– Present)

Leadership and Scope Committee, Chair (1999 – 2000)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Hong Kong 1990; Amsterdam 1995; Melbourne 2001; Stuttgart 2003; Seoul 2004; New York 2005; Chicago 2006; Dubai 2008; Shanghai 2012; London 2013; Middle East 2018; Chicago 2019)


22 October 2018

Since their earliest form, tall buildings have stood as technological marvels, reflecting the latest advancements in materials, methodologies, and tools. These two technologies continue to...


11 October 2019

On the 50th anniversary of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s founding, the CTBUH 10th World Congress returns to the Council’s home: Chicago....


20 October 2018

CTBUH 2018 Conference Speakers

As we approach the new normality of cities housing 10 million or more inhabitants, those best positioned for the future are evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal...