Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
The fundamental premise of my work is the belief that architectural richness comes from a creative and scrupulous attention to structural principles, not in spite of them. When designers learn to appreciate, understand, and apply these principles, it enriches their ability to generate thoughtful, innovative, and technically proficient solutions to vexing problems.
My work has manifest itself as three inter-connected aspects of structural design, architecture, and construction:
Thinking: Structural Design Pedagogy for Architects
Making: Structures in Service, Design / Build Experiments
Breaking: History of Formative Failures & Innovations
I study the challenges of designing and constructing innovative and expressive architectural structures in an attempt to understand how they work (or don’t) and I develop ways to convey these formative lessons in support of future design efforts.
My work learns from productive failures in historical precedents, engages in design-build experiments, and seeks to expand the traditional realm of structural design tools to better align with contemporary technical, practical, social, and cultural conditions.