The fields of architecture and engineering are undergoing dramatic change. New technologies and methodologies in both building science and engineering are transforming the way that projects are designed and delivered. These technologies enable the integration of complex systems in the design of more holistic, per formative buildings. In order to achieve this synergy, practicing architects and engineers collaborate closely and often. Yet in their educations, students from the two disciplines rarely interact. In this ever more technologically complex environment, it is vital to prepare architecture and engineering graduates to work collaboratively to create innovative designs with integrated performance and aesthetic goals. This lecture provides a broad overview of the collaboration among architects and structural engineers, in-depth case studies of successful interdisciplinary collaborations, and a discussion of the tools and methods that facilitate collaboration.
Sinéad Mac Namara attended Trinity College Dublin and Princeton University, where she received a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering. She is an Associate Professor at Syracuse University where she teaches mechanics to engineers, structures to architects, and interdisciplinary design and design-build to students of architecture and engineering. Her research is concerned with collaboration among architects and engineers, structural art, alternate pedagogies for interdisciplinary education, and investigations to foster creativity and innovation in engineering curricula.
Her teaching has been recognized with awards from Princeton University, Syracuse University and the American Society for Engineering Education. Mac Namara recently co-authored a book Collaboration in Architecture and Engineering published by Routledge in July 2014. She engages in design and design-build projects as a collaborator with her architecture students and colleagues. These projects have widely published and received design awards from the AIA, the ACSA, the AIAS, and the City of New York.