Mr. Loring A. Wyllie Jr., USA

IABSE Honorary Membership has been awarded to Mr A. Wyllie "in high appreciation of his outstanding services to the association in several committees, in particular as Vice-President of IABSE from 1997 to 2005, as key person for the 1995 IABSE Symposium in San Francisco and for his eminent contribution as Chair of the Outstanding Award Committee". Prof. Manfred A. Hirt conferred the Award to him on September 19, 2007 in Weimar, Germany, at the Opening Session of this years’ IABSE Symposium.

Loring Wyllie graduated with highest Honours at the University of California, Berkley in 1960 and two years later he received his Master’s Degree. Mr Wyllie has over forty years of professional experience. His work includes seismic evaluations, analysis, and design of strengthening measures for improved seismic  performance. A number of these strengthened structures are of historical significance. In an effort to improve seismic safety worldwide and to understand building responses to earthquakes better, he has travelled the world on earthquake reconnaissance missions. This includes the 1972 Managua, Nicaragua, 1988 Armenia, and the 1995 Kobe Japan earthquakes.

He is a past Chairman of the 'California State Historical Building Safety Board', whose mandate is to evaluate and analyse methods for strengthening buildings that preserve their historic character. Loring Wyllie is past-President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). His contributions to the profession of structural engineering were recognised by his election to the 'USA National Academy of Engineering' in 1990. This year Loring Wyllie was honoured with the prestigious 'Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL)' Lifetime Achievement Award by the ‘American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’.

Loring Wyllie, former Vice-President of IABSE from 1997 to 2005, has been an esteemed and active member of the Association since joining in 1979. He has been the Chair of the USA Group of IABSE since 1987 and acts as a Delegate to the Permanent Committee. From 1985 to 1993 he was member of Working Commission 3 on 'Concrete Structures'. He was Chair of the Organising Committee and member of the Scientific Committee of the IABSE Symposium in San Francisco in 1995 'Extending Lifespan of Structures', and is again providing valuable input on the OC and SC of the upcoming IABSE Congress in Chicago in 2008 'Creating and Renewing Urban Structures - Tall Buildings, Bridges and Infrastructure'. Since 2002 Loring serves as Chair of the Outstanding Structure Award Committee, and has presented this prestigious Award to eleven structures worldwide.