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Structural engineer to speak April 20 at MSU

April 9, 2009

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Guy Nordenson, a structural engineer with Guy Nordenson & Associates and a professor at Princeton University, will discuss "Engineering Ephemera" at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in room 339 of Leon Johnson Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture will cover a number of projects, from the Tor Tre Teste Jubilee Church to built projects at MIT and at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Nordenson will also discuss the Palisade Bay, a proposal by a collective of architects, engineers and landscape architects for the gradual transformation of the New York/New Jersey Upper Harbor. The proposal is intended to mitigate the effects of the rise in sea level.

Nordenson studied at MIT and the University of California at Berkeley and has practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York.

Nordenson was the structural engineer for the Museum of Modern Art expansion in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, the Simmons residence hall at MIT, the Disneyland parking structure in California, the Santa Fe Opera House, and more than 100 other projects. Recently completed projects include the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, and the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History.

Current projects include the WTC Memorial Museum Slurry Wall bracing structure, two pedestrian bridges at Yale University, the Asian Cultural Complex in South Korea, the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth and the San Francisco State University Creative Arts Center. Nordenson is also active in earthquake engineering, including code development, technology transfer, long-range planning for FEMA and the USGS, and research.

A reception in the lower gallery of Cheever Hall will follow Nordenson's lecture.

The lecture is registered for one hour of AIA continuing education units.

To request public accommodation or accommodation to participate in the above free event, contact Sharon Matney at 994-2921 or Marjorie Brown, director of affirmative action at 994-2040.