Fazlur Khan with daughter Yasmin, c. 1977The structures class at Princeton has put together an impressive web site to accompany the exhibit on my father and his work. This link is to the section I contributed, which will take you to the web site.

http://khan.princeton.edu/khan.html

David Billington’s presentation on September 9 will also be the next lecture in the Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series. This series was established by Professor Dan Frangopol as part of the Fazlur Rahman Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University (http://www.lehigh.edu/~infrk/).

David Billington lecture at Princeton

Distinguished Lecture Series announcement

Last fall I visited Professors Maria Garlock and Sigrid Adriaenssens’s structures class at Princeton to talk about my father (I posted a few photos in March 2011). During the year the students built models of five of his high-rise designs and prepared for an exhibition about my father’s work in the engineering library. I am looking forward to attending the opening next month, which will include a lecture by Professor David Billington about his “Personal and Professional Recollections of Fazlur Khan.”

Engineering Architecture

July 21, 2011

I have just received the Korean translation of Engineering Architecture: The Vision of Fazlur R. Khan. It is a soft cover, and beautifully done.

Jacket of Korean translation of Engineering Architecture

Viewing the plaque

July 5, 2011

If you are interested in seeing the memorial plaque, it is possible to call the day care center and arrange for a tour. Be prepared for a little heartache, though. The mosaic, which was designed to be seen in a large space, now makes up one wall of a small classroom. And the dedication text cannot be read because strips of paper have been taped to it.

I believe that the city intended for the galleria at Onterie Center to remain a permanent public space when it approved the building design in the 1980s. But when a new owner took over the building the commercial space was extended into the galleria. As a result, the wall with the memorial plaque for my father is now hidden inside the space of a large day care center. There is no indication in the building lobby that the plaque even exists.