Guy Nordenson

Professor, Architecture
S-113 School of Architecture

B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S. University of California, Berkeley


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.