Experiencing Structures

Thoughtfully built structures embody the aspirations and skills of designers, and express connections between design decisions, construction methods, and structural performance over time.  Study of these designs expands our vocabulary of essential and enduring technical advances. Moreover, partnerships between industry and academia facilitate technology transfer through applied research and design education.    

Students studying at the intersection of architecture, computation, and engineering interact with leading designers, who present guest lectures, share their insights from realized designs, welcome our group to their offices and construction sites, and discuss students' interests and research projects.

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Design Seminars

Structural Mechanics and Design Engineering Seminars that our group hosted during the academic year 2019-2020 illustrate some of the topics on the design of structures explored within the CEE Department and broader MIT community. 

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Seminar Topic

Date

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (Boston)

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
from a Young Employee’s Perspective

10/4

ARUP (NYC)

Current and Emerging Topics in

              the Built Environment:                

Risk assessment and resilience-based design
Microclimate and thermal comfort
Materials science in the built environment
Seismic design
Offshore structures

10/11

HOK (NYC)

Fast and Forward: How Parametric Design and Life-Cycle Analysis
Are Changing Structural Design Practice

10/18

TriPyramid Structures

Structural Alternatives for Glass Walls

Glass as a Structural Material

10/25

4/17

Thornton Tomasetti

(Chicago, NYC, Boston)

Thornton Tomasetti: Firm Overview 

11/08

11/22

GNA

Guy Nordenson and Associates:

Current Work

11/15

New Story

New Story - R&D Branch

of Affordable Housing

11/22

Schlaich Bergermann Partner (NYC)

Light Structures, Structures and Light

12/6

ARUP (NYC)

The Kensico-Eastview Connection Tunnel

2/14

Gilsanz Murray Steficek (NYC)

Constraint Oriented Designs

2/28

Hofstra University

Unconventional Materials

and Experimental Structures

3/13*

WSP (NYC)

Foundations for Tall Buildings

Computational Design for Complex

and High-Rise Structures

  3/20*

4/17

BuroHappold (NYC)

Constructing Complexity

Jewel Changi Airport Roof Structure

4/8

ARUP (SF)

The Resilience-Based Design of 181 Fremont

4/10

 * postponed

CEE Kids Camp

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Gordana Herning, PE, PhD

gherning@mit.edu

©2020 Gordana Herning