Established in 2012, the annual Edward and Mary Allen Lecture aims to bring the world’s leading structural designers to MIT to speak about engineering within the realm of architecture, design, and creativity and to interact closely with students in their design work. The program includes a public lecture in the Architecture Lecture Series as well as a workshop reviewing graduate student structural design projects.
We are excited to announce that distinguished structural engineer Bill Baker, the Structural Engineering Partner for Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill in Chicago and the structural designer of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, will deliver the second Allen Lecture on the evening of Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:30pm in MIT Room 10-250.
For the inaugural Allen Lecture on October 4, 2012, the eminent German structural engineer, educator, and designer Jörg Schlaich visited MIT to speak about his decades of inspired design work, including long-span roofs, innovative bridges, and multi-story facades, as well as his more recent efforts in solar energy. Along with Edward Allen, Schlaich also worked with graduate students in architecture and engineering on their designs for an enclosed skybridge over Vassar Street on the MIT campus, a project which he had also developed conceptual designs for several years prior.