Arek Mazurek, PhD, PE, SE

Senior Structural Engineer

Structural Engineering

Arek is an experienced structural engineer, with a diverse expertise and skill set.  He spent 15 years at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, working on and leading many significant and complex projects, and also chairing their research group.  Arek holds a masters degree and PhD in engineering.  He is skilled at conventional structural analysis and design, and excels at incorporating new approaches while also focusing on the constructability of his solutions.  Arek has spent many years researching and implementing various structural optimization strategies.  His experience in design combined with research and development gives him the unique ability of finding structural solutions that minimize material quantities while maximizing both structural and architectural performance.

Arek’s project experience ranges from large-scale, mixed-use projects to small scale tenant fit-out, specialty studies, and feature elements such as cable structures and glass design.  Arek’s focus is on working with architects and contractors to provide solutions which enhance the overall project.

Arek is also involved in the professional community and academia.  He has published several papers on structural optimization, and serves as the Chair of the ASCE Optimal Structural Design Committee.  His numerous presentations and lectures teach the engineering community about efficient structural design.

Work Experience

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (Chicago, IL)
2005 – 2020 (15 years)
Associate Director / Senior Structural Engineer


University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

Cracow University of Technology, Poland
Masters of Science in Civil Engineering

Professional Licenses & Accreditations

Licensed Structural Engineer (SE) – IL

Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) – CA, United States & Poland

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
– Chair of Optimal Structural Design Committee

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS)

Market Expertise

– Commercial
– Residential
– Hospitality
– Mixed-Use
– Supertall
– High-Rise
– Mid-Rise

– Large Scale
– Small Scale
– Education
– Healthcare
– Amenity
– Artwork
– Renovation

Academic Affiliations

Northwestern University
2015 – 2020 (5 years)
– Guest Lecturer: Teaching various classes on material optimization, topology optimization, and graphic statics

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
2001 – 2005 (4 years)
Instructor / Teaching Assistant: Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Computer Engineering, and Statistics

Project Experience

Extensive project experience in the United States, Middle East, and Europe.  Includes all phases of the project – from conceptual design through construction administration.