TS Evening Lecture 16/10/2014: Dr Chris Williams, University of Bath, Stereotomy, structure, nature and architecture

Dr Chris Williams – University of Bath

Stereotomy, structure, nature and architecture

Thursday 16th October, 6.30pm, Room M421

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

University of Westminster

35 Marylebone Road

London NW1 5LS

Chris Williams is a structural engineer who worked for Ove Arup and Partners prior to joining the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at The University of Bath. Chris has a particular interest in the relationship between geometrical form and structural action as applied to bridges, shells, tension structures and tall buildings. This leads to the use of specially written computer programs to generate complex, often organic, forms for architectural and structural applications. His work has been applied in practice with architects and engineers including Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Branson Coates Architecture, Shigeru Ban Architects, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Edward Cullinan Architects, Tonkin Liu Architects, Atelier One and Buro Happold. Chris’s teaching interests include design project work with students of both architecture and engineering, structural analysis, computer programming and continuum mechanics. The use of computers and the introduction of a wider range of shapes for bridges and buildings have led to a renewed interest in geometry and structural behaviour. Chris is involved in both the geometrical aspect of design, but also, more importantly, in structural behaviour and the dynamic interaction of fluids and structures. As well as numerous published book chapters and papers, Williams also co-authored Digital Tectonics with Neil Leach and David Turnbull.

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