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Roberston, Leslie Earl

Robertson, Leslie Earl

Engineering Specialties:
Structural Engineering
Earthquake Engineering
Wind Engineering
High-Rise Buildings
Large-Span Structures
Complex Geometries

Leslie Earl Robertson, born in 1928, graduated from The University of California at Berkely with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1952. After graduating, Robertson began working for Kaiser Engineers until 1954, John Blume and Associates from 1954 to 1957, Raymond International from 1957 to 1958, and in 1958 Robertson began working for Worthington and Skilling. Robertson became the lead engineer to work on the World Trade Center in 1966, and in 1973 he became a partner to Worthington Skilling Helle and Jackson which was then renamed to Skilling Helle Christensen Robertson. When this firm split in 1982, Robertson renamed the east coast branch to Leslie E. Robertson Associates (1).

Since then, Robertson has worked on numerous projects and has won many awards. In 1993, Robertson won his first award, the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology when his work on the world trade center withstood the 1993 terrorist bombing. He was then awarded the World Trade Center Individual Exceptional Service Medal for his contributions in restoring the towers. Robertson received the first Henry C. Turner prize for Innovation in Construction Technology, in 2002, in honor of his 50 years as a structural engineer. The American Society of Civil Engineers presented Robertson with the Oustanding Projects and Leaders award in 2003 (2).

“With his innovations in structural engineering, Mr. Robertson has set new standards in the design and construction of tall buildings. A pioneer in the application of computers to design, he has advanced the art and the science of structural engineering theory” (3). “With the completion of nearly 130 projects, Leslie E. Robertson and LERA have established themselves as leaders of innovation. Their ability to successfully complete the structures of an architect’s wildest dreams has propelled them to the forefront of the engineering community” (4).

Selected Projects:

World Trade Center, New York City, New York

1- Koch, Karl (2002). Men of Steel: The Story of the Family That Built the World Trade Center. New York: Crown Publishers
2- http://www.lera.com/ourfirm.htm
3- http://www.lera.com/profile_2_leslie-e-robertson.htm
4- Micheloni, Vivien. Architectural Engineers of the 20th and 21st Century. Spring 08 – UT ARE


Written by Kartik Sampath

January 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Posted in Engineers