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Step by Step: The Evolution of Large-Scale Construction

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013
2:30pm - 3:30pm
G-135, Maxwell-Dworkin Building, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138



  • Paul Kassabian
  • Structural Engineer
  • Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger




Abstract: How do humans build?  What drives the decisions made during design and in planning/creating a construction?  How do these vary with materials and from small to large scale?  This presentation will cover structures such as geodesic domes, active-controlled antennas, moveable bridges, homes that unfold on site, and art installations…addressing their methods of design, fabrication, and assembly.

Bio: Paul Kassabian is a professional structural engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) and is currently teaching the Structures course at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.  He created and still teaches the Fall course 1.572: Structural Systems for the graduate engineering students at MIT. Educated at Cambridge University, Paul worked in the UK on multiple structural design projects and also on the fabrication and erection of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.  At SGH, located in Waltham, Paul works with their in-house materials and testing lab on a broad range of projects on the cutting edge of both structural systems and materials developing innovative methods of design and construction.
He is a licensed structural engineer in six US states, one Canadian province, and is a chartered engineer in the UK.



  • Justin Werfel
  • Staff Scientist, Advanced Technology Team
  • Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Unversity



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