2nd Edition

Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering

By Clare Olsen, Sinead Mac Namara Copyright 2022
    324 Pages 204 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 204 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This new edition of Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering explores how to effectively develop creative collaborations among architects and engineers. The authors, an architect and an engineer, share insights gained from their experiences and research on fostering productive communication, engaging in interdisciplinary discussions, and establishing common design goals. Together, they share the tools, methods, and best practices deployed by prominent innovative architects and engineers to provide readers with the key elements for success in interdisciplinary design collaborations.

    The book offers engaging stories about prominent architect and engineer collaborations––such as those between SANAA and Sasaki and Partners, Adjaye Associates and Silman, Grafton Architects and AKT II, Studio Gang and Arup, Foster + Partners and Buro Happold, Steven Holl Architects and Guy Nordenson and Associates, and among the engineers and architects at SOM. In the second edition, the newly added case studies showcase extraordinary buildings across the globe at a range of scales and typologies, tracing the facets of high-quality collaborations. Through the examples of these remarkable synergies, readers gain insights into innovative design processes that address complex challenges in the built environment.

    The second edition of Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering is a terrific sourcebook for students, educators, and professionals interested in integrative design practice among the disciplines.

    1. Introduction: Call for Collaboration and Diverse Voices 2. Architects and Engineers in the Academy: The Challenge of the Silos 3. Architects and Engineers in the Profession: The Barriers and Benefits of Collaboration Case Studies in Collaboration: Civic Buildings 4. National Museum of African American History and Culture: Historical Design Concepts Driving Collaborative Design 5. Gilder Center at the American Museum of Natural History: Collaborating on an Architecture-Structural Concept as a Foundation For Design 6. Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art: Collaboration for Minimalism and Transparency 7. Billie Jean King Main Library: Collaborating on Mass Timber and Carbon Accounting 8. Case for Collaboration: Net Zero—The Frick Environmental Center and the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design Case Studies in Collaboration: Institutional Buildings 9. Marshall Building at the London School of Economics: Collaborating to Knit Structure into the Urban Fabric 10. 41 Cooper Square at the Cooper Union: Integrated Technologies for a High-Tech Lab Building 11. Antwerp Port House for the Port Authority: Collaborating on Rationalization and Constructability 12. Simmons Hall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Collaborating on Discipline and Play 13. Case for Collaboration: Circularity—The People’s Pavilion and the Urban Mining and Recycling Unit Case Studies in Collaboration: Transportation Buildings 14. Amman Queen Alia International Airport: Integrating Modularity and Constructability 15. Berlin Hauptbahnhof: Collaborating on Lightness and Large Spans 16. Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center: Rationalizing Facades for Cost-Effectiveness and Performance 17. Groundwork to Support Collaborations: Owners, Project Goals, and Contracts 18. Tools to Support Collaboration: Software Appendix: Guidelines for Developing Interdisciplinary Courses


    Clare Olsen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Brown University and a Master of Architecture with distinction from the University of California Los Angeles. A dedicated educator, she is a Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has also taught at Tulane University, Cornell University, and Syracuse University. Her research focuses on interdisciplinarity, design pedagogy, and architectural ceramics. She is a licensed architect and pursues residential, installation, and furniture design projects through her practice, C.O.CO.

    Sinéad Mac Namara attended Trinity College Dublin and Princeton University, where she received a PhD in structural engineering. She is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Syracuse University where she teaches students of architecture and engineering. Her research interests include creativity and innovation in engineering education, technical design education in architecture, structural art, and shell structures. Her engineering practice includes design+build with students and several award-winning design competitions with architectural colleagues.