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William F. Baker

William F. Baker was awarded the University of Missouri Engineering Alumni Organization’s 2010 Citation of Merit award for outstanding achievement and meritorious service in engineering. Baker was honored at a luncheon on March 20 on the university campus.

Baker is the structural and civil engineering partner for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP, an award-winning architectural, urban planning, interior design and engineering firm responsible for notable structures worldwide.

Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Missouri in 1975, and a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Illinois in 1980.

Among his many achievements, Baker developed the buttressed core structural system for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest man-made structure in the world.

He also spearheaded the structural design for Chicago’s AT&T Corporate Center and the 92-story Trump International Hotel and Tower.

Baker is the 2008 recipient of the Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat for excellence in design and for his contribution to the urban environment. In 2009, he received the Fritz Leonhardt Prize for outstanding achievements in structural engineering.

On May 13, the Institution of Structural Engineers in London awarded Baker the Gold Medal, the Institution’s highest accolade.



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