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Value of Design Talk


We would like to invite you for the first VoD talk. The talk is organised by the Value of Design committee. This talk will include presentations by a renowned structural engineer and architect.

Digital vs. Natural VoD Talk

Two of our speakers will give a live online talk for you to watch. During this session you will have the chance to see a preview of the symposium that will take place later this year. You will also have the chance to ask the speakers questions about architecture and engineering. The speakers are William F. Baker and Ron Bakker.

Info VoD Talk

Date: May 21st 2020

Time: 16:00 - 17:00

Place: join via our website or youtube channel

William F. Baker - SOM Chicago

William (Bill) is, among many other things, the engineer behind the core of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure on the planet. As a structural engineering partner at the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Bill has a lot of experience and has been awarded with many of the most prestigious prizes and medals that an engineer can earn.

Bill will talk about how he thinks nature should be implemented in the construction of high rise buildings as many of his works are inspired by shapes found throughout nature. In talking about this he will show the very interesting digital programs his firm has developed in order to accompany this.

“The single most important structural parameter in a tall building is the architecture"

Ron Bakker - PLP Architecture

Ron co-found PLP Architecture and brings his European sensibilities to a diverse range of projects across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Recent key projects include The Edge, which was created as the world’s most sustainable office building and developed by OVG Real Estate for Deloitte in Amsterdam, and the redevelopment of an outdated 1960s building in Westminster, London that created a new bespoke headquarters for the luxury brand Burberry on behalf of Derwent.

He will talk about Timber in Highrise buildings, with PLP’s recent design of ‘Tree House’ in Rotterdam.

Join us!

How does it work? Go to our website or youtube channel on the 21st of May at 16:00 and click on the livestream. We are working hard to still make the symposium happen. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay informed.

We hope to see you there!

The Value of Design Committee