Arek is an experienced structural engineer, with a diverse expertise and skill set. He spent 15 years at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, working on and leading many significant and complex projects, and chairing their research group. He is skilled at conventional structural analysis and design and excels at incorporating new approaches while also focusing on the constructability of his solutions. He spent many years researching and implementing various structural optimization strategies. His experience in design combined with research and development gives him the unique ability to find structural solutions that minimize material quantities while maximizing both structural and architectural performance.Arek's project experience ranges from large-scale, mixed-use projects to small-scale tenant fit-out, specialty studies, and feature elements such as cable structures and glass design. Arek’s focus is on working with architects and contractors to provide solutions that enhance the overall project.Arek is also involved in the professional community and academia. He has published several papers on structural optimization and serves as the Chair of the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Optimal Structural Design Committee. His numerous presentations and lectures teach the engineering community about efficient structural design. Arek holds a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Cracow University of Technology in Poland and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Work Experience :
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (Chicago, IL) 2005 – 2020 (15 years)– Associate Director / Senior Structural Engineer
Project Experience :
Extensive project experience in the United States, Middle East, and Europe. Includes all phases of the project – from conceptual design through construction administration.
Professional Licenses & Accreditations :
Licensed Structural Engineer (SE)Licensed Professional Engineer (PE)
Professional Affiliations :
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)– Chair of Optimal Structural Design CommitteeAmerican Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS)
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee– Doctor of Philosophy in EngineeringCracow University of Technology, Poland– Masters of Science in Civil Engineering
Academic Affiliations :
Northwestern University 2015 – 2020 (5 years)– Guest Lecturer: Teaching various classes on material optimization, topology optimization, and graphic staticsUniversity of Wisconsin Milwaukee 2001 – 2005 (4 years)– Instructor / Teaching Assistant: Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Computer Engineering, and Statistics