Arek Mazurek, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, currently a structural principal with HKS Inc., has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Mazurek mentors the new structural group at HKS from the firm’s Chicago office. He has almost 20 years of engineering experience, 15 of which has been with SOM (Skidmore Owings & Merrill). He has taken part in the design of many large-scale and tall buildings. A few of the projects where he has contributed or acted as the project engineer are Mashreq Bank HQ in Dubai UAE, Nozul Lusail Marina in Qatar, and NATO HQ in Brussel, Belgium.
For years he promoted the smart and efficient design of various structures, and his constant quest toward perfection naturally attracted him to the structural optimization community. He has served as the chair of the Optimal Structural Design committee of ASCE. His most recent contribution to the engineering community is his leadership in the work on the report for efficient design of spanning trusses. This report is the result of 10 years of the research and contributions of many.
Mazurek’s interest in shaping structures aligns with several publications he has co-authored. These publications touch upon graphic statics, geometrical aspects of efficient structures, maxwell theory, and force density. Mazurek strongly believes that structural topology is most important in attaining economical structures. Structural shape has a strong effect on architecture and therefore most successful buildings are those that implement multidisciplinary coordination throughout the design process.
Mazurek obtained his master’s degree from the Cracow University of Technology in Krakow, Poland, and his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.