Guy Nordenson is a partner at Guy Nordenson and Associates (GNA) in New York and a professor of structural engineering and architecture at Princeton University. He has practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York. In 1987 he established the New York office of Arup, where he was a director until 1997 when he began his independent practice. Recent and current projects include the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston with Steven Holl Architects, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC with Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, and the Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth TX with Renzo Piano Building Workshop. He currently serves as commissioner of the New York City Public Design Commission, as a member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, and as a board member of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Park Conservancy. Nordenson’s research project “On the Water | Palisade Bay” won the 2007 AIA Latrobe Prize and was published in 2010 and served as the inspiration for the MoMA workshop and exhibition Rising Currents.
In his lecture, Nordenson will present the work of a Rockefeller Foundation-funded project led by his research team at Princeton University, including teams from Harvard University, City College of New York and University of Pennsylvania to develop “Structures of Coastal Resilience” in collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers. The results of the research were incorporated in the 2015 North Atlantic Comprehensive Study of the USACE.