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Developing architectural awareness in structural engineers

Sometimes it seems accepted that there will always be conflict between structural engineers and architects. Thankfully, over the last few years in particular, engineers and architects have begun to question this conflict more openly and try to produce professionals who have both a sympathy for the architectural aims and a thorough knowledge of structural design. This paper explores the underlying reasons for the conflict between engineers and architects. An approach is described which is aimed at addressing these problems by producing structural engineers who understand the issues that define good architectural design and who can interact with architectural concepts and thinking. These developments have been implemented and tested within the MEng/BEng undergraduate structural engineering courses at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, which have, to date, produced over 60 graduates. They form part of a much more extensive design curriculum whose innovations have been discussed elsewhere1 and presented at a meeting of the Institution of Structural Engineers, London, December 1996. Eur.-Ing T. M. Chrisp, BSc, MSc, PhD, MIStructE, MICE, CEng School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University L. Wilson, BArch, ARIAS School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art J. Cairns, BSc, PhD, MIStructE, CEng School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University

Author(s): Chrisp, T M;Wilson, L;Cairns, J

Keywords: structural engineers;architecture;heriot-watt university, edinburgh;undergraduates;courses;design