Biography: Guy Nordenson

Guy Nordenson, Photo credit Dominique Nabokov
Guy Nordenson

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. 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 current 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. He is Commissioner and Secretary of the New York City Public Design Commission. 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 MoMA workshop and exhibition Rising Currents in 2010. His books Seven Structural Engineers - The Felix Candela Lectures in Structural Engineering was published in 2008 by MoMA and Patterns and Structure in 2010 by Lars Müller Publishers. Nordenson was a recipient of the AIA's 2009 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Award.

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, and over 100 other projects. Recently completed projects include two pedestrian bridges for Yale University, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. 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. Nordenson is also active in earthquake engineering, including code development, technology transfer, long-range planning for FEMA and the USGS, and research. He initiated and led the development of the New York City Seismic Code from 1984 to its enactment into law in 1995.