Continuing Education

Birth of the Steel Skyscraper

This webinar will present the history and context that led to the birth of the steel “skeletal” skyscraper in late 19th century Chicago.  The tenets of Structural Art will be introduced and mapped against the skyscraper and its evolution.  The webinar will highlight the conditions that give rise to innovation in structures and the engineer’s role in skyscraper innovation.  The webinar will explore these early structures and comment on more recent steel skyscrapers. Taken together, the talk will provide a way to understand how steel came to be the smarter, stronger material of choice for buildings!

This course is based on a past Live Webinar. 

You must purchase and pass a quiz to receive a PDH certificate for this course.

  • Date: 9/28/2018
  • Duration: 1.0 hour
  • PDH Credits: 1


Benjamin W. Schafer


Birth of the Steel Skyscraper