Designer of tall buildings to speak at annual banquet

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Mark Sarkisian of California will be the speaker Friday at the Engineers Week Banquet in the Lehigh Valley 2013 at the Holiday Inn, Fogelsville. The banquet begins at 6 p.m. with social hour and displays, with Sarkisian scheduled to speak at 8:30.

Director of seismic and structural engineering in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Sarkisian will speak on civil engineering and the future of the environment.

He has designed more than 100 major building projects around the world. They include the United States Embassy in Beijing, the NBC Tower in Chicago, the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, Calif., the 421-meter-tall Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai and the 415-meter-tall Al-Hamra Tower in Kuwait. His presentation will include examples of his firm’s designs for the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa, Dubai.

Sarkisian’s career has focused on developing innovative structural engineering solutions for building projects. He holds six U.S. patents for high-performance seismic structural mechanisms designed to protect buildings in areas of high seismicity and for environmentally responsible structural systems.

He is licensed to practice civil/structural engineering in 16 states and recently wrote a book titled Designing Tall Buildings – Structure as Architecture (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Books).

Sarkisian earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1983 from the University of Connecticut, where he is a fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Engineers, and his master’s in structural engineering from Lehigh University in 1985.

He teaches an integrated studio class that includes students from University of California at Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Stanford University and Cal Poly. The course focuses on the collaborative opportunities in design.

In addition, he is an invited lecturer at many prominent engineering and architecture universities in the United States and abroad.

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