Engineering Architecture

The Vision of Fazlur R. Khan

Yasmin Sabina Khan (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

The structural engineer responsible for Chicago's John Hancock Center and Sears Tower, Fazlur R. Khan (1929-1982) pioneered structural systems for high-rise design that broadened the palette of building forms and expressions available to design professionals today.

Through detailed examination of projects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, this study of Khan's career provides insight into architectural and engineering practice.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • July 2004
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73107-1
  • 6.5 × 9.6 in / 416 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Fazlur R. Khan is one of the most influential structural engineers of the 20th century… his daughter has written an account of his achievements and laced his creative timeline with descriptions of his theories and practices.” — Mia Jacobi, Desert Living

“Seldom is the life and work of a designer described so abundantly as in this book about Fazlur Kahn (1929-1982). Written by his daughter, Yasmin, who has earned her own record as designer, this book is very personable story of a driven technician with a deep love of his profession... [R]eads like a novel.” — Bouwen met Stall

“[A] moving tribute to an important figure--one that would surely make him as proud of his daughter as she clearly is of him.” — Civil Engineering

“Yasmin Sabina Khan has written an engaging intellectual biography of her father. . . . This lengthy book is rich with ideas relevant to historians of technology...[A]n excellent variety of illustrations... Khan’s carefully researched work contributes substantially to the literature on mid-twentieth century large-scale building.” — Sharon Irish, Technology and Culture

“[W]ell presented and has materials of great interest for structural engineers.” — The Structural Engineer

“A worthy and delightfully written tribute to a remarkable man.” — Architectural Science Review

“[A] much needed book… The prose reads swiftly, the chapters are well-organized, and, most important, the stories they narrate are compelling.” — Joseph Siry, Journal of Architectural Education

“Here is a book that will make you proud to be a part of the design/construction community… [A]n inspiring biography.” — Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities

“[A]n inspiration to the engineer as well as the architect.” — Shahin Vassigh, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

“Among several eminent Kahns and Khans in…American construction, none better deserves a full study…[S]upplants the only previous book-length study” — Construction History: Journal of the Construction History Society

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