James Sutherland History Lecture 2018 - The structural and geometric design of late Gothic vaults

Ribs to Nowhere and Pendant Bosses: The structural and geometric design of late Gothic vaults

This lecture will give an insight into architectural engineering in the late Middle Ages and Early Modern period using research based on surveys, analyses and practical experiments. With a focus on complex Late Gothic vaults, David Wendland will explore how intricate meshes of stone ribs were designed, how the structural behaviour was conceived, and how the information flow from design to execution was achieved.
The lecture is followed by a dinner at 19:30, providing a chance to network with the speaker and other guests. 

About the speaker
David Wendland studied Architecture and received his doctorate at the Institute of History of Architecture, University of Stuttgart. His main fields of research are shell structures and vaults, and design processes in architecture. In 2011, David was awarded with an ERC Starting Grant for carrying out research on the design principles of late Gothic vaults. Additionally, David has been the scientific consultant in the reconstruction of the vaulted ceiling in the chapel of Dresden castle. 

History of the lecture
The James Sutherland Lecture is a collaborative event between the Institution and the History of Structural Engineering study group to share exceptional work on the history of structural engineering. The lecture is named after the founder of the study group, the late James Sutherland, who was an engineer of considerable renown, specialising in prestressed and precast concrete structures. 

Event Information

Event Status
Fully Booked

Event Date

17:30 Registration & refreshments
18:00 Start

Lecture: free
Dinner: £75

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David Wendland

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