3rd Edition

Structure and Architecture

By Angus J. Macdonald Copyright 2019
    360 Pages 276 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    360 Pages 276 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This thoroughly updated edition of Angus J. Macdonald’s insightful book Structure and Architecture offers an in depth analysis of structural design and its relationship with architecture. It draws on clear explanations of the connections between structural form, structural performance and architectural design to explore the interface between the technical and the visual in architecture. Additional chapters in this new edition cover the fields of structural theory, structural philosophy, the contributions of prominent engineers to the evolution of Modern architecture, and the concept and practice of sustainable design. Fully illustrated, this critical appraisal of structures is a core-curriculum text for students of architecture, structural engineering and architectural history, and is also a valuable resource for practitioners of these disciplines.


    1. The relationship of structure to building  2. Structural requirements  3. Structural materials  4. The archetypes of structural form – the relationship between structural form and structural efficiency  5. Complete structural arrangements  6. The critical appraisal of structures  7. Theory of structures  8. Philosophy of structures and its relationship to architectural theory in the Modern period  9. The engineers – their role in developing the imagery of Modern architecture  10. Structure and architecture  11. Structure and sustainability  12. Glossary of structural terms  13. Selected bibliography


    Angus J. Macdonald is currently Professor Emeritus of Architectural Structures at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh. He has served as Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and as a member of the Board of Governors of Edinburgh College of Art. He is the author or co-author of ten books, including: Structural Design for Architecture; Anthony Hunt: The Engineer’s Contribution to Contemporary Architecture; and John Fowler and Benjamin Baker: The Forth Bridge (with I. B. Whyte); as well as book chapters, including ‘Structure and Architecture: Tectonics of Form’, in Kanaani, M. and Kopec, D. (eds), The Routledge Companion for Architectural Design and Practice; and numerous articles on the relationship between structure and architecture.

    "This new expanded edition is a welcome update of Professor Macdonald's classic book introducing the principles and application of structural engineering to young architects and engineers. Using both historical and recent examples, with drawings and excellent photographs, he brings the subject alive and provides an invaluable resource. Best of all, he offers readers the material to develop a good understanding of the subject which will serve as a source of inspiration to all designers."

    Bill Addis, author of Building: 3000 Years of Design Engineering and Construction

    "Architecture and engineering are perfectly merged into one, both sensitive and sensible, subject in this splendid new edition of Angus Macdonald’s admirable Structure and Architecture. Superbly written and precisely pin-pointing the most crucial and essential issues regarding both structural science and structural form and space-making, the present book spans topics ranging from basic structural behaviour to sustainability questions and the history of engineering theory and development in architecture. Angus Macdonald explores this wide field with profound understanding – and genuine love."

    Bjørn Normann Sandaker, Professor of Architectural Technology, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design; Adjunct Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    "This well-illustrated, fully revised and extended third edition of Angus Macdonald's book should be obligatory reading for those interested in exploring the often complex relationship between structure and architecture. I was impressed by the new reflective chapters deliberating on the philosophy of structures, the influence of engineers on the development of Modern architecture and, in particular, that drawing attention to the significant contribution that appropriate selection of low embodied energy materials and efficient structural systems can make in minimising a structure’s impact on global climate change."

    John Chilton, Emeritus Professor, Architecture & Tectonics, University of Nottingham, UK