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The king of the supertalls

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Baker's current slate of supertalls — towers that exceed 1,000 feet — is unmatched by any engineer in history. It surpasses even SOM's own record from the late '60s and early '70s, when the firm built the 1,450-foot-tall Sears Tower and the 1,127-foot-tall John Hancock Center within a few years (and 2 miles) of each other.

Wired profiles Bill Baker of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, the engineer behind the new Trump building (as well as the Gehry bridge in Millennium Park), who cut his teeth with Myron Goldsmith at IIT, "the MIT Media Lab of the tall-building world."

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