Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Lab: 1 session / week, 3 hours / session

Course Description

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of structural analysis and design for buildings, bridges and other structures. The course emphasizes the historical development of structural form and the evolution of structural design knowledge, from Gothic cathedrals to long span suspension bridges. Students will investigate the behavior of structural systems and elements through design exercises, case studies, and load testing of models. Students will design structures using timber, masonry, steel, and concrete and will gain an appreciation of the importance of structural design today, with an emphasis on environmental impact of large scale construction.

We will cover the following topics: graphical analysis and design of structures; properties of construction materials; environmental assessment of materials; analysis, design and behavior of beams, columns, trusses, frames, arches; and structural systems. The laboratory exercises include design exercises, materials testing, and model building.


Zalewski, Waclaw, and Edward Allen. Shaping Structures: Statics. New York, NY: Wiley, 1998. ISBN: 9780471289968.

Schodek, Daniel. Structures. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000. ISBN: 9780130278210.


Final grades will be determined as follows:

Attendance 5%
Homework 30%
Lab reports 20%
Midterm exam 20%
Final project 25%