Lecture on "Creating the Language of Architecture: A Structural Design Philosophy"

  • 5 February 2013

The Khalifa University Distinguished Speakers Series on Science Technology and Society, in collaboration with The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), presented a lecture by William F. Baker – “Creating the Language of Architecture: A Structural Design Philosophy”. The lecture was delivered at the Sheikh Zayid Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall – ECSSR Building, Abu Dhabi on 5 February 2013.

In this lecture, Mr. William F. Baker (Partner-in-Charge of Structural Engineering at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), proposed that each engineer should have a design philosophy. Using built examples, including his work on the Burj Khalifa, Baker presented a point of view that challenges modern architectural cacophony by encouraging engineers to retain control over the design process. He outlined the need for critical dialog about complexity in structure and advocated the importance of rational thinking and careful refinement of a clear structural idea.