The purpose of this paper is to examine the work of structural engineers not from the technical, practical and commercial view, but from the more general considerations that relate to how their structures sit in the environment. Those who are involved in the design of buildings put most of their efforts into producing structural solutions that are strong, stable and stiff, that are easy to build, and that give ‘value for money’. Depending on the type of building and their relationship with the architect, engineers also get involved, to varying degrees, with the appearance of the objects they design. This is an important part of their work. It contributes to the integrity of the design, and brings great satisfaction to the engineer.
Jane M. Wernick