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MECHANICS OF SOLIDS (CEE 205) (FALL 2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010,2009)

This course teaches fundamental principles of solid mechanics. Equilibrium equations, reactims, internal forces, stress, strain, Mohr’s circle, and Hooke’s law. Analysis of the stress and deformation in simple structural members for safe and stable engineering design. Axial force in bars, torsion in shafts, bending and shearing in beams. stability of elastic columns, strain transformation, stress transformation, circle of Mohr, combined loadings, design project. Read more about how drawing can generate engineering ideas in this class:  In Fall 2014 we incorporate the online student-centered learning platform, NovoEd, into the course to provide students with a more active, engaging and collaborative way of meeting those goals and improving their retention of course concepts.



This class has pedagogical objectives related to the spatial relations of dimensions and time (sustainability and society) and it develops the student’s skills in drawing, model making, and advanced engineering analysis. The course is focused on a study of one “theme” that changes every year. Within each theme, engineering calculations of designs will be made through advanced analyses, the social context will be studied, a site visit will be made during break week, and models of a few significant works will be created and placed on display as part of a small art museum exhibition. Learn more about this course here:



This course teaches elementary structural analysis for architecture students covering statics, strength of materials and approximate methods of analysis using historical examples as case studies.


Recent advances in computational methods, materials and manufacturing processes have transformed the design and construction of structural surfaces. This course provides an in-depth introduction to the basics of surface structures, and gives techniques and knowledge to design folded plates, shells and tensile membranes in a vast range of materials. The course looks at the most inventive structures and technologies, especially demonstrating their use of form finding techniques in creating successful complex curved surfaces. The course is structured in 4 parts. The first part introduces the topic of structural surfaces, tracing the ancient relationship between innovative design and construction technology and the evolution of surface structures. The second part familiarizes the student with tensile membranes, covering the different types of membrane systems as well as related physical and graphical form finding methods, materials and construction techniques. The third part focuses on rigid surfaces. The fourth part provides a deeper understanding of numerical form finding techniques. There are case studies, physical as well as computational lab sessions throughout the course demonstrating the design of innovative surface structures and its approaches.


STRUCTURES AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT (CEE 262) (SPRING 2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2009)

This course focuses on structural engineering as a new art form begun during the Industrial Revolution and flourishing today in long-span bridges, thin shell concrete vaults, and tall buildings. Through critical analysis of major works students are introduced to the methods of evaluating structures as an art form. Students study the works and ideas of individual structural artists through their elementary calculations, their builder’s mentality and their aesthetic imagination. Students examine contemporary exemplars that are essential to the understanding of 21st century structuring of cities with illustrations taken from various cities.


This course investigates how extreme amounts of invested time and manual labor are capable of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Fall 2015 will focus on the structural and aesthetic potential of ash wood, a material that is currently being made alarmingly abundant by an invasive beetle that has killed millions of ash trees across the Midwest that has just arrived in New Jersey. Students will research new and replacement applications for the material based on its sculptural properties, its resiliency, and its high strength to weight ratio.