CHICAGO, IL– In his historic address to the Muslim world President Obama made references to the contributions that Muslims have made to America. One of the accomplishments he listed was that an American Muslim â€œbuilt our tallest building.â€
He was referring to the famed architect Fazlur Rahman Khan, who designed Chicagoâ€™s Searâ€™s Tower. The Dhaka born Khan graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and joined the firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in 1955, made partner there in 1966 and became a U.S. citizen a year later.
He also had several other accomplishments to his name including the John Hancock Center and the Hajj terminal in Jeddah.
In 1998, a street in Chicago was named after him. Bangladesh also put him on a stamp.