Fazlur Khan

Bangladeshi architect

Fazlur Rahman Khan (April 3, 1929 – March 27, 1982) was a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect. He and his business partner Bruce Graham are known for designing the Willis Tower and the 875 North Michigan Avenue both in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of the most well-known architects in the 20th century.[1]

Khan was born on April 3, 1929 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was raised in Dhaka and in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at Bengal Engineering and Science University, at the Shibpur, Bangladesh University of Engineering and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was married to Liselotte Khan until his death in 1982. They had a daughter, Yasmin. Khan died during a road trip on March 27, 1982 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, aged 52.[2] His body is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Uptown, Chicago, Illinois.


  1. Richard Weingardt (10 August 2005). Engineering Legends: Great American Civil Engineers : 32 Profiles of Inspiration and Achievement. ASCE Publications. pp. 78–. ISBN 978-0-7844-0801-8. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  2. Yasmin Sabina Khan. Engineering Architecture: The Vision of Fazlur R. Khan. W.W. Norton, 2004. ISBN 0-393-73107-3.

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