Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

About Leslie Robertson

Amongst many other structures, Dr. Robertson is responsible for the structural design of the World Trade Center (New York), the United States Steel Headquarters (Pittsburgh), the Bank of China Tower (Hong Kong), and the Puerta de Europa (Madrid) as well as exceptional museums and the award-winning Miho Museum Bridge (Japan).

He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has received the IStructE Gold Medal, the Gengo Matsui Prize as the outstanding Structural Engineer in the world, the AIA Institute Honor; and was recognized as ENR's Construction 'Man of the Year'.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering as well as an Honorary and Advisory Board Member of the Center of Sustainability, Accountability and Eco-Affordability for Large Structures. He has been awarded four honorary doctorates, currently is teaching at Princeton University, and is…


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About Leslie Robertson

Amongst many other structures, Dr. Robertson is responsible for the structural design of the World Trade Center (New York), the United States Steel Headquarters (Pittsburgh), the Bank of China Tower (Hong Kong), and the Puerta de Europa (Madrid) as well as exceptional museums and the award-winning Miho Museum Bridge (Japan).

He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has received the IStructE Gold Medal, the Gengo Matsui Prize as the outstanding Structural Engineer in the world, the AIA Institute Honor; and was recognized as ENR's Construction 'Man of the Year'.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering as well as an Honorary and Advisory Board Member of the Center of Sustainability, Accountability and Eco-Affordability for Large Structures. He has been awarded four honorary doctorates, currently is teaching at Princeton University, and is Distinguished Engineering Alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley.

He received ASCE’s Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Award, AISC’s J. Lloyd Kimbrough Award, Tokyo Society of Architects Honorary Fellowship and Medal, and is the first recipient of the Henry C. Turner Award and of the Fazlur Rahman Kahn Medal. Shanghai World Financial Center with his design received the Best Tall Building Award 2009.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Conference, Speaker (Nashville 1974; Chicago 1982; Chicago 1986; Hong Kong 1990; Amsterdam 1995; Australia 2017)
  • CTBUH Fellow (2007)
  • Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award (2004)
  • Past Roles:
  • CTBUH Chairman (1985 – 1990)
  • Advisory Group (1992 – 2000)
  • Hazards Committee (1989)
  • Executive Committee, Vice-Chair (1982 – 1985)
  • Working Group: Planning & Environmental Criteria, Leader (1988)

Initiatives Involving Leslie Robertson

CTBUH Executive Director Honored as ENR Newsmaker

13-14 Apr 2017, Event Report – CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood was recognized by ENR as one of the "Top 25…

Lotte Jamsil Super Tower Tour Report

11 Oct 2011, Tour Report – A tour was hosted at the Lotte Jamsil Super Tower construction site that was abuzz…

9/11 – Ten Years on: CTBUH Reflections

6 Sep 2011, CTBUH Publication – In the week that we mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 events and…

Initiatives Involving Leslie Robertson

CTBUH Executive Director Honored as ENR Newsmaker
13-14 Apr 2017, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood was recognized by ENR as one of the "Top 25 Newsmakers of 2016," attending an event in New York to receive his honor.
Lotte Jamsil Super Tower Tour Report
11 Oct 2011, Seoul – Tour Report
A tour was hosted at the Lotte Jamsil Super Tower construction site that was abuzz with the activity of trucks and cranes.
9/11 – Ten Years on: CTBUH Reflections
6 Sep 2011, Chicago – CTBUH Publication
In the week that we mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 events and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers CTBUH reflected on the impact on tall buildings.
Back to Bethlehem: Where it all began…
Apr 2011, Bethlehem – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood reflects on his trip to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he met with the Beedle family and visited Lehigh University, where it all began for the Council.
Height: The History of Measuring Tall Buildings
Dec 2009, Chicago – CTBUH News
This article describes some of the events which took place in the Council's long, and sometimes complex, history of measuring tall buildings.

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Leslie Robertson Related Resources

A Super High Rise in Seoul

Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference
Leslie E. Robertson & Saw Teen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates

Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 18: Q&A

Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference
Ji Young Kim, Daewoo E&C; Mark Sarkisian, SOM; Leslie Robertson & Saw Teen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates;; James Von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox David Paul McLean, Lotte Engineering & Construction; Charles D. Clift, Curtain Wall Design and Consulting; Jungmyon Francis Lee, BAUM Architects

40 Years of the CTBUH: Reflection

23 Oct 2009 – CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference
Charles DeBenedittis, Gilberto do Valle, Ron Klemencic, Shankar Nair, Leslie Robertson & David Scott

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Next Tokyo 2045: A Mile-High Tower Rooted in Intersecting Ecologies

May 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue II
David Malott, Keisuke Hiei & Heidi Werner, KPF; Leslie E. Robertson, LERA

Wider Impacts: Tall Buildings as a Viable Proposition

2 Oct 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III
Leslie E. Robertson, LERA; William Baker, SOM; Eugene Kohn, KPF

Case Study: Shanghai World Financial Center

Apr 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue II
Paul Katz, KPF; Leslie E. Robertson, Leslie E. Robertson Associates

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Leslie Robertson Related Videos

A Super High Rise in Seoul
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Leslie E. Robertson & Saw Teen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
When completed, the Lotte Jamsil Super Tower, at 555-meter, will be the tallest building in Seoul. The mat foundation is completed, and the tower construction is on-going. This presentation focuses on the wind engineering studies and on the mega-…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 18: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Ji Young Kim, Daewoo E&C; Mark Sarkisian, SOM; Leslie Robertson & Saw Teen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates;; James Von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox David Paul McLean, Lotte Engineering & Construction; Charles D. Clift, Curtain Wall Design and Consulting; Jungmyon Francis Lee, BAUM Architects
Question & Answers session for Track Session 18.
40 Years of the CTBUH: Reflection
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Charles DeBenedittis, Gilberto do Valle, Ron Klemencic, Shankar Nair, Leslie Robertson & David Scott
As the Council on Tall Buildings celebrates its 40th Anniversary, we hear some lighter reflections on the Council’s history from colleagues who have been involved in the steering of the organization over the years, including such important moments as…
Plenary 3 Panel Questions and Answers
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; David Malott, KPF; Leslie Robertson, LERA; Ken Dalton, AECOM / Faber Maunsell; Ole Scheeren, OMA
The panel of Plenary Session 3, David Malott, Leslie Robertson, Ken Dalton and Ole Scheeren, enthusiastically responded to questions from the CTBUH 8th World Congress audience.
Shanghai World Financial Center: Without Compromise……
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; David Malott, KPF; Leslie Robertson, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
David Malott, KPF and Leslie Robertson, LERA, presented the Shanghai World Financial Center located in the Lujiazui district of Pudong. The focus of this presentation at the CTBUH 8th World Congress was to highlight the collaboration between…
CTBUH 6th Annual Awards
25 Oct 2007 – Awards Symposium & Dinner Videos; Dinner 2007
The CTBUH 6th Annual Awards Dinner, set within the atmospheric setting of Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, celebrated the remarkable achievements of a number of distinguished individuals and project teams…

Leslie Robertson Related Papers/Research

Next Tokyo 2045: A Mile-High Tower Rooted in Intersecting Ecologies
May 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue II; David Malott, Keisuke Hiei & Heidi Werner, KPF; Leslie E. Robertson, LERA
“Next Tokyo” imagines a resurgent megacity, adapted to climate change through the realization of a high-density ecodistrict built on resilient infrastructure. The archipelago of reclaimed land supports transit-oriented development for a half-million…
Wider Impacts: Tall Buildings as a Viable Proposition
2 Oct 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Leslie E. Robertson, LERA; William Baker, SOM; Eugene Kohn, KPF
Three leading designers in the tall building industry share their take on the changes to the tall building industry and the impact of 9/11 on their design.
Case Study: Shanghai World Financial Center
Apr 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue II; Paul Katz, KPF; Leslie E. Robertson, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
From the onset of the Shanghai World Financial Center project, its developers targeted a cutting-edge, mixed use mega-complex that would serve a multitude of tenant lifestyle demands. When a desire to change the building size surfaced after the…
Shanghai World Financial Center: Without Compromise……
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Paul Katz, KPF; Leslie Robertson & SawTeen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Shanghai World Financial Center is located in the Lujiazui district of Pudong, the Shanghai World Financial Center combines creative architecture and structural engineering to create a mixed-use building 492 meters in height. It will be recognized by…