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Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering

1st Edition

By Clare Olsen, Sinead Mac Namara


224 pages

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Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering focuses on team-building and problem-solving between architects and engineers to prepare you for working together in practice. It provides an overview and foundation for interdisciplinary collaboration so that you can create innovative proposals for optimization, performance, and aesthetic goals. It also shows you how to solve real-world problems and how to engage creatively with technological challenges so that you can be a productive member of any team.

The authors, an architect and an engineer, share guidelines learned from their experiences and observations on how to insure productive communication, engage in interdisciplinary discussions, and establish common goals and values. Throughout the book are many case study examples of architect and engineer collaborations––such as those between SANAA and Mutsuro Sasaki, Foster + Partners and Buro Happold, Steven Holl and Guy Nordenson, and SHoP Architects and ARUP. The book also includes a discussion about integrated project delivery (IPD) contracts and administration, so you'll be ready for better integration.


"Olsen and Sinéad Mac Namara—an associate structural-engineering professor who is jointly appointed at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture and Department of Civil Engineering—have seen synergy among architects and engineers. That was especially true with 10 case studies of successful collaborations they highlighted in their book, Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering." –Devinee Fitzgerald, Line/Shape/Space

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Complexity and Collaboration 1. Collaboration in Practice 2. 41 Cooper Square 3. Berlin Hauptbahnhof 4. B2 BKLYN 5. Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion 6. Queen Alia International Airport 7. Simmons Hall at MIT 8. The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) 9. SPG Shanghai 10. Keelung Harbor Project 11. Port House 12. New Tools for Collaboration 13. Delivery Methods Facilitating Collaboration 14. Pedagogy in Architecture and Engineering 15. Appendix A: Guidelines for developing interdisciplinary courses Bibliography Image Credits Index.

About the Authors

Clare Olsen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Brown University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of California Los Angeles. Olsen has taught at Tulane University, Syracuse University, Cornell University and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, while concurrently running her practice, C.O.CO.

Sinéad Mac Namara attended Trinity College Dublin and Princeton University, where she received a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering. She is an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University where she teaches mechanics, structures, interdisciplinary design, and design-build to students of architecture and engineering.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)