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Events September 2017

LocalBook Talk

The Structure of Design: An Engineers Extraordinary Life in Architecture

September 7, 2017

Leslie Earl Robertson’s The Structure of Design offers a personal and accessible chronicle of the partnerships and problem-solving that forged so many classics of Modern architecture. In this illustrated talk, Robertson will recount his collaborations with architects including Minoru Yamasaki, Philip Johnson, and I. M. Pei, among others, and his work with leading sculptors such as Richard Serra and Beverly Pepper. 

Leslie Robertson moved to New York City to work on the structural design of the World Trade Center for the Seattle firm Skilling, Helle, Christiansen, and soon added his name to the partnership. He left in 1986 to establish Leslie E. Robertson Associates. The firm’s many innovative skyscrapers around the world include the U.S. Steel Tower in Pittsburgh, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, the Shanghai World Financial Center, and Lotte World Tower in Seoul. He retired as a partner at the end of 1994 and continued to work on LERA projects through 2012. He now practices as Leslie Earl Robertson, Structural Engineer, LLC.

Thursday September 7, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl
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