The Art of Engineering Art

The Art of Engineering Art

Art often challenges the status quo, and nothing challenges a structural engineer more than art that challenges the laws of physics. For these types of art and sculpture projects, structural engineers help with several challenging questions: If people can interact with this, what loads should we design for? How do we work with non-standard geometries? How do we design with non-standard materials? What are the right discussions to have related to client or public expectations?

In this webinar, we will explore these questions through several art and sculpture project examples and discuss how participants can apply these themes to any project with unique elements. We will also share how this experience can help inform design approaches and thinking for a wide range of projects, including staircases, canopies, pavilions, landscape structures, pedestrian bridges, and unique residences.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to approach the structural design parameters of non-standard projects.
  • Identify atypical or unexpected risk and life safety issues, and how to discuss them with clients and owners to make a project successful.
  • Recognize the wide range of opportunities in both structural form and materials that are now possible.
  • Apply design thinking and lessons learned to projects such as canopies, pavilions, landscape structures, and unique residences.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Paul Kassabian
Paul Kassabian | Principal
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Paul Kassabian specializes in structural design and investigation on a wide range of structural systems, from buildings for architects to projects on the cutting edge of both structural systems and materials. He develops innovative methods of design and construction using SGH’s in-house Applied Science & Research Center, computational design approaches, and digital fabrication techniques. He is the practice leader of the SGH Digital Lab.

Rebecca Lubrano
Rebecca Lubrano | Senior Project Manager

Rebecca Lubrano draws from cross-disciplinary experience in structural engineering and building technology to provide clients with comprehensive and innovative solutions. She has worked on a large range of project types, including structurally complex sculptures, historic renovations, and new building designs. She is an active member of several industry organizations, including the Architectural Engineering Institute, American Institute of Steel Construction, and American Society of Civil Engineers.