H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga
Vincent J. DeSimone, PE, FACI
FOUNDER / CHAIRMAN OF DESIMONE CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Vincent J. DeSimone is the founder and chairman of DeSimone Consulting Engineers, a New York City-based structural engineering firm with major offices in Miami, San Francisco, New Haven and Las Vegas. Currently, the firm has over 200 employees. Mr. DeSimone founded the firm in 1970 and has been the senior partner in charge of development for the firm, and continues to act as the strategic planner for the office and opened DeSimone’s Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi offices this past year. Noted for his solutions to special structural problems, Mr. DeSimone has been cited on a number of occasions for his outstanding buildings in the U.S. as well as abroad. He is an innovative practitioner who emphasizes optimization and efficiency.
Mr. DeSimone and his firm have won many awards for their work. In 2002, he received the AISC National Award for the Peter B. Lewis Building in Cleveland, Ohio. In that same year, he was the recipient of the Miami Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society’s – Outstanding Technical Achievement of the Year Award for the Four Seasons Hotel and Tower in Miami, Florida. The Four Seasons Hotel and Tower is the tallest building in the State of Florida and the tallest residential structure south of New York City. In 2001, Mr. DeSimone was chosen by the Concrete Industry Board as a “Distinguished Leader of Industry”, which was a follow up to early awards received from Engineering News-Record in 1982 and 1972 which cited him as an industry marksman. The 1972 citation highlighted Mr. DeSimone’s contributions to the design of One Biscayne Tower, a 40-story building that at the time was the tallest in Florida. The 1982 citation emphasized his contributions to the design of the first United States/People’s Republic of China joint-venture hotel in Beijing. In 1976, Mr. DeSimone became an elected Fellow of the American Concrete Institute for his numerous contributions for design and technical papers on slip-forming, large circular plates, seismic resistant buildings in the Caribbean and industry safety.
Mr. DeSimone continues to spearhead the firm’s international work. Past works have included the design of the Rockefeller Institute Family Planning Clinic in Beijing, the Indira Gandhi Center for the Arts in New Delhi, India, the controlled inspection and design review of Avionics for the Saudi Arabian Government in the Peacehawk V fighter program in Dharan, Taif and Khamis Muchait. His latest overseas work has been on the Royal Meridian Hotel in Madras, India and the Xintiandi Taiping Hotel in Shanghai, China.
Among the domestic projects he has headed for the firm are the Four Seasons Hotel and Tower in Miami; the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida (the largest oceanfront convention hotel in the southeast); Atlantis in the Bahamas; the Ritz-Carlton at Battery Park City in New York City (New York Construction News “Best of 2001 Awards” – Residential Project of the Year); the Sofitel Hotel in New York (a CIB award winner); and the Mohegan Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut (New York Construction News “Best of 2001 Awards” – Mixed Use Project of the Year). Mr. DeSimone is currently working with Gehry Partners on Lewis Library at Princeton University and with Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo on Atlantis Phase II. He is presently working in Las Vegas on Citicenter, Cosmopolitan, Plaza, Project V and The World Market.
Mr. DeSimone has dedicated his spare time to the development of manufactured concrete housing. He developed a pre-cast concrete home that was used in over 240 apartments in the Bronx. His concrete product was the first concrete module used for low-cost housing in the city of New York.
He received his Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) from Manhattan College and will soon be given an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering in recognition of his fifty years in the engineering profession. In addition to his significant professional accomplishments, Mr. DeSimone continues to serve as an industry leader. He is a Life member of the American society of Civil Engineers and a member and past president of the Concrete industry Board of New York City. He served as Chairman of the Chapter on Optimization of Tall Buildings and has been a past Professor of Structures at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. He has recently been honored by SEAoNY with a life membership and has been awarded the Humanitarian Man of the Year by the New York City Concrete Industry.
Bachelor of Civil Engineering Manhattan College 1959
Professor of Structures Princeton University 1992
Instructor Pratt Institute 1975/1976
Professional Engineering Licences
Vincent DeSimone is licensed in the following states
Professional Society Membership
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