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William LeMessurier



structural designer of the Citicorp building, structural enginee

William J. LeMessurier, P.E.


William LeMessurier is a professional civil engineer, who is credited with combining daring design with innovative structure to create towering buildings that distinguish the skylines of America's great cities, including Boston, with the Federal Reserve Bank.

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor of his profession, in 1978. His greatest distinction is that he took full responsibility for the near failure of the bracing system in New York's Citicorp Center tower. By putting his career and reputation on the line to correct the problem, Mr. LeMessurier prevented the catastrophic collapse of the building, saving lives and setting an example of positive ethical behavior.

His ethical leadership was reported in the article, "The Fifty-Nine-Story Crisis," published in the May 29, 1995 issue of The New Yorker magazine.

Mr. LeMessurier graduated from Harvard University, attended Harvard School of Design and received a master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953. He also holds an honorary degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retired from LeMessurier Consultants Inc., he is an adjunct professor of architecture at Harvard GSD.

His other designs include Boston's State Street Bank, the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, and the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

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