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The Impact of Technology on Structures of the Future

CEE 298 Winter Seminar Series
Mark Sarkisian, SOM
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 4:30 pm
Shriram 104

During the 1950s and 1960s, significant advancements were made in creative structural engineering approaches to long-span and tall building structures. These ideas remain relevant and have inspired innovations in new structural systems.  Scale and form of structures have evolved and so have technological advancements. Material, fabrication, and construction may change significantly in the near future while new vertical transportation systems provide opportunities in design that have the potential to significantly change building topologies.   
Fundamentals of engineering combined with advanced analysis techniques build on inspirations gathered from our environment. These inspirations have led to aspirations in design that perhaps will change the way we design structures of the future.
The presentation will include a summary of key historical developments in creative structural engineering, proportions of structures considering scale and form, topology considerations, correlations to natural growth, and aspirations for structures in the future that integrate key technologies. The presentation will include both domestic and international project examples that range from conceptual ideas through built work.

Mark P. Sarkisian, PE, SE, LEED, Partner of Seismic and Structural Engineering in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, has developed innovative engineering solutions for over 100 major building projects around the world, including some of the tallest and most complex.  Mark holds nine U.S. Patents and five International Patents for high-performance seismic structural mechanisms designed to protect buildings in areas of high seismicity and for seismic and environmentally responsible structural systems.  He is the author of “Designing Tall Buildings – Structure as Architecture,” and teaches at UC Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Stanford University, Cal Poly, the Pratt Institute, and Northeastern University.  He has a BS-CE Degree from the University of Connecticut and is a Fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Engineers, and an MS-SE Degree from Lehigh University.  He has also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Clarkson University.