Guy Nordenson, PE
Professor, Structural Engineering
Faculty Associate, University Center for Human Values, Princeton Environmental Institute, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and Civil and Environmental Engineering
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S., University of California, Berkeley
Loeb Fellow, Harvard University
Guy Nordenson and Associates, New York
Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor of architecture and structural engineering at Princeton University. He studied at MIT and the University of California at Berkeley and began his career as a draftsman in the joint studio of R. Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi in Long Island City in 1976. From 1978 he has practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York. In 1987 he established the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners and was its director until 1997 when he began his independent practice. In 1994 he co-founded the Structural Engineers Association of New York. With Terence Riley he was co-curator of the “Tall Buildings” exhibition held at MoMA QNS in 2004. His research project “On the Water | Palisade Bay” won the 2007 AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Research Prize, and was published in 2010 by Hatje Cantz and served as the inspiration for the influential 2010 MoMA workshop and exhibition “Rising Currents”. His book Seven Structural Engineers - The Felix Candela Lectures in Structural Engineering was published in 2008 by MoMA and the collection of essays Patterns and Structure in 2010 by Lars Müller Publishers. In 2009 Nordenson was the seventh practicing structural engineer awarded the AIA’s Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Award and was the first to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is Commissioner and Secretary of the New York City Public Design Commission.
Nordenson was the structural engineer for the Museum of Modern Art expansion in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, the Simmons Residence Hall at MIT in Massachusetts, the Santa Fe Opera House, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and over 100 other projects. Current projects include the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC and the Menil Drawing Center in Houston TX. From the late 1970s Nordenson was active in earthquake engineering, including code development, technology transfer, long-range planning for FEMA and the USGS, and research and initiated and he led the development of the New York City Seismic Code from 1984 to its enactment into law in 1995.
More recently he has been engaged in climate adaptation and flood hazards mitigation research and has been active in improving the resilience of New York City as a member of numerous committees and task forces and was appointed by Governor Cuomo to the NYS 2100 Commission and by Mayor Bloomberg to the New York City Panel on Climate Change.