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Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

The man who designed the world’s tallest building has an equally long list of contacts around the world.


January 9, 2010 7:03 by

The partner in charge of Structural and Civil Engineering for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, he worked with Smith on the Burj Khalifa project, developing its structural system. Following completion of the building – the contract for which was awarded to his firm in 2003 – the company name will be attached to five of the 10 tallest buildings in the world including Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, and the Jin Mao Tower and Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in China.

“Burj Khalifa is a very important building for Skidmore because it continues our legacy in this type of construction,” said Baker.

Baker joined Skidmore in 1981, and since then has worked on many engineering projects including the Virginia Beach Convention Center, the pavilion of the General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, and the Trump International Hotel and Tower.

In 2008, he received the Fazlur Rahman Khan medal from the CTBUH, and last year he was awarded the Fritz Leonhardt Prize for outstanding achievement in structural engineering.

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