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Changing the Skyline: In Conversation with Leslie E. Robertson (1.5 LUs)
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When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
6:00 - 9:30 PM
Where: Buck Institute for Research on Aging
8001 Redwood Blvd.
Novato, California  94945
United States
Contact: Annabelle Udo-O'Malley

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$30 (AIASF member); $35 (General); $10 (Students w/ ID)



A tour of the I.M. Pei-designed Buck Institute is available for ticketed attendees only one-hour prior to start of program; please be sure to respond to the required question upon check-out if you will be attending; space is limited for this exclusive tour with Leslie E. Robertson and Sawteen See; reception from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m.; program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Moderated by architectural guru
Arthur Gensler, FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA, we invite you to join us for a screening of Leaning Out followed by a conversation with Leslie E. Robertson, P.E., C.E., S.E., NAE,Dist. M.ASCE, lead structural engineer of the World Trade Center, and his wife SawTeen See, P.E., CE, Dist.M.ASCE, who led the structural design of such iconic buildings as the Shanghai World Financial Center,  the Lotte World Tower in Seoul and the Buck Institute!

Directed and produced by Basia and Leonard Myszynski, Leaning Out follows Robertson whose storied six-decade career in engineering generated the most innovative and formally daring buildings of the modern era. Having overseen the construction of the World Trade Center, the film documents his response to its fall in 2001 following the 9/11 attack, how he became a long-time advocate for the families of victims and how he addressed the engineering community who demanded answers after the tragedy. This account is also described in his book The Structure of Design. 

Photo courtesy of Leslie E. Robertson

Learning Objectives

  1. The building tour will provide insight of the building’s architectural design by world-renowned architect, I.M. Pei and how the original campus design became part of the Buck’s master plan, envisioning a five-building complex.
  2. The architectural and structural engineering teams responded to the mission of the Institute by creating the campus’ unique, inspirational space. Attendees will hear how that design fostered creative interaction among scientists and its harmony with the natural surrounding landscape of Marin County.
  3. Provide a narrative of the symbiosis between architectural and structural engineering for iconically tall buildings particularly New York’s World Trade Center and the impact the 9/11 attack had on these communities.
  4. Discussion on architectural and structural engineering’s influence on the most innovative and formally daring buildings of the modern era.