Director Charles Besjak is in charge of structural engineering for SOM's New York office. For the past decade, his primary focus has been the expansion of the firm’s high-quality structural engineering practice both domestically and abroad. Besjak is a licensed structural and professional engineer as well as a licensed architect who brings more than 20 years of design and construction experience to a vast array of domestic and international projects.
Besjak’s unique combination of structural engineering insight and creative natural design abilities serves as a cohesive force that fosters an integrated design approach with SOM projects. His portfolio of more than 95 structures includes some of SOM’s tallest buildings, such as the 510-meter Busan Lotte Town Tower in Busan, South Korea; the 450-meter Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, China; the 530-meter Pertamina Energy Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia; and the Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China. Other notable structures include the U.S. Air Force Academy