2019 SEABC Pinnacle Lecture

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“Got snapshot of this lecture while visiting Mike in Berlin…this is a CAN’T MISS presentation!”
Paul Fast

Members attending both the Annual Dinner & Presentation and the Pinnacle Lecture  are eligible to  a $25 discount. (Booking must be made at the same time.)

SEABC Pinnacle Lecture

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SEABC is launching its Pinnacle Lectures, that will epitomize high-calibre topics by distinguished speakers on themes that shape the future of our profession. Our first Pinnacle Lecture will be presented by Mike Schlaich, Prof. Dr. sc.techn.

Pinnacle Lecture

“History of Structural Engineering … Leading to Future Trends”

Throughout his career, Mike collaborated with the likes of Frank Gehry, the offices of Richard Rogers and Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, engineers like Ted Happold and Fazlur Khan to strive for excellence and elegance. His passion to elevate technical norms to deliver free expression of geometrical curves was influenced by Felix Candela and Frei Otto amongst others. Encapsulating his experiences in an inspiring lecture for students and professionals at TU Berlin, Mike unfolds an energizing view on the history of structural engineering – its evolution and current trends, aimed to revitalize for an ever-optimized world of future structures.

  • Date: Thursday, March 14
  • Refreshments:  5:00 PM
  • Lecture: 5:20 PM to 9:00 PM (with half-hour break for boxed dinner and refreshments)
  • Venue: Fletcher Challenge Theatre at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Meet our Pinnacle Presenter

Mike Schlaich, Prof. Dr. sc.techn.
Managing Director, Schlaich Bergermann Partner, Berlin, Germany

Mike graduated with a Doctrate in Technical Sciences from ETH Zurich. He joined the esteemed structural engineering firm Schlaich Bergermann Partner (SBP) in 1993. He is now its Managing Director, with six offices across the world, serving on prominent international projects and redefining engineering fundamentals with cutting edge research.

Mike is a certified proof checking engineer for structural analysis, a Professor at TU Berlin, and its Chair of Conceptual and Structural Design. He is a highly esteemed member of various international Professional Societies and was recognized as Fellow of Institution of Structural Engineers, London, UK.

Mike is recipient of numerous international awards, recently amongst them: the 2016 Deutscher Ingenieurbaupreis for the Rathenow Footbrigde in Germany; and the 2015 Gold Medal by the Institution of Structural Engineers, London, UK.

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Mike Schlaich, Prof. Dr. sc.techn.