KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

ENGINEERS:

       Sergio Alcocer, Mexico.

       William Baker, USA.

       Jiemin Ding, China.       *

       Mamoru Kawaguchi, Japan.
Sadly, Prof. Mamoru Kawaguchi has called off his participation on this congress due to health issues. We apologize for any inconvenience that this situation may cause you.

  

ARCHITECTS:

       Alberto Kalach, Mexico.

       Víctor Legorreta, Mexico.

       Benjamín Romano, Mexico.

 

SERGIO ALCOCER


Prof. Alcocer earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), with honors. He completed his doctoral studies in Structures at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of the noted engineer James O. Jirsa. He is currently full-time researcher at the Institute of Engineering of UNAM. Thanks to his contributions, he has received several distinctions, including the National University Distinction for Young Academics awarded by the UNAM in 2001. He is also an invited member of the prestigious ACI Technical Committee 318, used and referenced in the design of concrete structures worldwide.


WILLIAM BAKER


William Baker is an American structural engineer known for the engineering of the Burj Khalifa - the tallest building in the world. He completed his master's degree at the University of Illinois and is currently a structural engineering partner at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), a company he joined in 1981. Although widely recognized for his work in supertall buildings, the experience of Baker also extends to a wide variety of structures such as the Broadgate-House Theme (London, 1990) and the GM Renaissance Center entrance pavilion (Detroit, 2005).


JIEMIN DING


Prof. Jiemin Ding is the President of Tongji Architectural Design Co., Ltd.  His accomplishments include multiple engineering projects ranging from super high-rise buildings, educational facilities, cultural centers, exhibition spaces and stadiums.  Currently, he is the Principal in charge for the Shanghai Tower with a height of 632 meters.


MAMORU KAWAGUCHI


He was born 1932 in Fukui, Japan and earned his Dr. Eng. degree at the University of Tokyo. Besides teaching at Hosei University, he has been involved in design of many important structures such as the Tokyo Olympic Swimming Pools, structures for the EXPO 70 and the Barcelona Olympic Sports Palace. Among his multiple recognitions, he has received the following: Honorary Dr. Eng. by the University of Stuttgart in 1997; Honorary Dr.Eng. by the University of Technology of Slovakia (Bratislava) in 1998; and Honorary Professor of Hosei University in 2003.


ALBERTO KALACH


Alberto Kalach is an internationally renowned Mexican architect born in Mexico City in 1960. He studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana and at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He was part of the Architecture Workshop X from 1981 to 2002 in partnership with Daniel Álvarez. His projects have been exhibited individually and collectively by the Museum of Modern Art of Mexico as well as the Hartell Gallery in New York. He has also authored several articles in the main specialized magazines of Mexico and several around the World. Two of his relevant works are the Vasconcelos Library and the Faro de Oriente (Orient Lighthouse), both in Mexico City.


VÍCTOR LEGORRETA


Víctor obtained a degree in architecture from the Iberoamerican University in Mexico City. Currently, he is a Partner, Managing and Design Director of Legorreta Architects (LEGORRETA®). He has received numerous distinctions, including: Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); Iberoamerican Council of Interior Designers (CIDI) Career Development Award of Excellence in Architecture, Interior and Design; and CIDI American Award Architect of the Year as a Professional.


BENJAMÍN ROMANO


Benjamín Romano earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, in 1978. He did graduate studies in Israel with specialty on Precast Elements. He has taught several courses and, between 2016 and 2017, he is invited Professor to the Harvard University as an Expert in Residence. He founded LBR&A Arquitectos, which has broad professional history for over 40 years. The firm has developed important projects such as Torre Reforma and Torre Chapultepec, both in Mexico City. Architect Romano has been awarded several distinctions, including the gold medal at the XIV National Architecture Biennale 2016 and the Luis Barragan award for Professional Practice in Architecture 2011.