Design in the computational age

Author: Bill Baker

Date published

16 December 2020


Design in the computational age

Date published

16 December 2020


Bill Baker




Bill Baker

Hear from the structural engineer behind the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Listen to Bill Baker's keynote address, delivered at the 2020 Digital Design and Computation e-conference. Bill's presentation explores:
  • The importance of geometry to structural efficiency
  • Visual tools that provide insight to the structural designer
  • Designing the forces to create the structure
  • Using today’s graphical tools to utilise the ideas of Rankine, Maxwell and Airy
  • New structural expression

Design in the Computational Age


William F. Baker is a structural engineering partner at SOM. Since joining the firm in 1981, he has dedicated himself to extending the profession of structural engineering through design, research, teaching, and professional activities.

Baker is best known for the development of the “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest manmade structure. While widely regarded for his work on supertall buildings, Bill’s expertise also extends to long-span roof structures, specialty structures and several collaborations with artists. He is a Fellow of the Institution and was awarded our Gold Medal in 2010.


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