Discipline: Architecture

Leslie Robertson

Discipline: Architecture
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1996, 2013

Leslie E. Robertson is a member of the Board of Directors of The MacDowell Colony and is an American engineer. During his last residency he wrote about the evolution of the relationship between the architect and the structural engineer while, at the same time, covering his own career which included cooperations with some of the most renowned architects of his time. Amongst many other structures, 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 Gold Medal of IStructE, the Gengo Matsui Prize as the outstanding Structural Engineer in the world, and the AIA Institute Honor, and was recognized as ENR's Construction "Man of the Year" title. 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 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 Khan Medal. Robertson completed two cultural facilities designed in collaboration with I.M. Pei — the Suzhou Museum in China and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. He worked with Bill Pedersen and Kohn Pedersen Fox to complete the Shanghai World Financial Center, which opened in 2008; standing at 492 meters (1,614 feet), the project won the Best Tall Building in the World, 2008 award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The award jury stated that “the structure is nothing short of genius.” He also worked with KPF on the design of the 555 meter (1,821 feet) Lotte Jamsil Super Tower in Seoul, Korea. Robertson serves on the board of several cultural and professional organizations including New York City’s Skyscraper Museum and The MacDowell Colony. The University of Notre Dame, Lehigh University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have awarded him honorary doctorate degrees in engineering, and the University of Western Ontario in Canada presented him with an honorary doctorate in science. Dr. Robertson has taught extensively at Princeton University, and serves on advisory boards to the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, and Pennsylvania State University; and has taught extensively at Princeton University.



Leslie Robertson worked in the Watson studio.

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