James Sutherland history lecture 2024
Date & Time

7 March 2024
18:00 - 19:15 GMT

Location

47-58 Bastwick St, London, EC1V 3PS and online
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Price
Free
James Sutherland history lecture 2024

James Sutherland history lecture 2024

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Date & Time

7 March 2024
18:00 - 19:15 GMT

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47-58 Bastwick St, London, EC1V 3PS and online
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Price
Free

New York's Skyscrapers: Tracing Origins and Technological Evolution

The annual James Sutherland history lecture shares exceptional work on the history of structural engineering. The 2024 lecture will be given by Donald Friedman, President of Old Structures Engineering and explores the captivating history of New York's skyscrapers. 

The adoption of new structural technologies varies with local conditions. Metal framing designs were roughly uniform across the United States in 1870, but the development of steel-frame building technology was focused in Chicago and New York. The New York buildings were the tallest and most slender, forcing the evolution of design. The specific conditions that influenced construction in New York – extremely high land costs and fragmented land ownership in the downtown office district, and a history of devastating building fires.

Donald will uncover the fascinating interplay between social, historical conditions and the development of structural technologies used in skyscrapers. From the evolution of traditional construction methods to the rise of modern steel-frame buildings, he will explore the intricate stages that shaped the iconic New York skyline. 

Join us in-person or online. For those attending at our London headquarters refreshments will be served from 17:30 GMT and the lecture will be following by a networking drinks reception. 

About the James Sutherland history lecture 

This annual lecture is a collaborative event between the Institution and the History of Structural Engineering Study Group. The lecture is named after the founder of the study group, the late James Sutherland - an engineer of considerable renown, specialising in prestressed and precast concrete structures.

Speakers

Donald Friedman

President of Old Structures Engineering

Donald Friedman is president of Old Structures Engineering. A professional engineer with over 35 years experience in the investigation, analysis, and restoration of landmark buildings, Mr. Friedman holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.A. in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research, and is a licensed engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Virginia. He is a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Tech¬nology and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Friedman’s design experience includes the integration of modern construction into existing buildings with archaic and obsolete structural systems; repair and restoration of steel, masonry, iron, wood, and concrete structures; and the investigation of historic buildings to determine structural type and condition.

Elisabeth Marlow

Chair

Dr Elisabeth Marlow is the Principal Consultant at Cundall Johnston & Partners LLP. Elisabeth’s interest in Art, Science and the Environment, led her to study Architectural Engineering, Renewable Energy with Architecture. Her recent doctoral research investigated decision-making interplay of sustainability and resilience across policy, urban planning and practice. Elisabeth’s key findings are that Climate Emergencies still need a broader response to risk reduction, adaptation and resilience, as well as mitigation responses. By re-engaging with the Institution, she hopes to work collaboratively with panels to generate more effective changes around adaptation of urban built environments, social usefulness and hazard risk reduction for the different regions.

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