The structural engineer: Finding the philosophy of the profession

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Abstract

What is a structural engineer? There are legal definitions of the term and ethical descriptions of engineers. In practice, engineering often moves beyond ensuring the minimum requirements that protect public welfare. The practice of engineering has different meanings for individual engineers. The role of the engineer can vary from practitioner to practitioner as can their relationship to architecture. This paper will consider the definition of the profession by three noted structural engineers: Sir Ove N Arup, Peter Rice, and Cecil Balmond. Each of whom has been recognized by both engineering and architectural institutions for having made significant contributions to structural engineering. The sources that will be examined will include the subjects' own writings and speeches, comments on their work by others, and built projects that reflect their engineering identity. The ideas of Arup, Rice, and Balmond will be used to develop a richer, more diverse depiction of an engineer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICSA 2013
Subtitle of host publicationThe Second International Conference on Structures and Architecture
Pages2022-2029
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Nov 25 2013
Event2nd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2013 - Guimaraes, Portugal
Duration: Jul 24 2013Jul 26 2013

Publication series

NameStructures and Architecture: Concepts, Applications and Challenges - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2013

Other

Other2nd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2013
CountryPortugal
CityGuimaraes
Period7/24/137/26/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture

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