Connecting architecture and engineering through structural topology optimization

Lauren L. Beghini, Alessandro Beghini, Neil Katz, William F. Baker, Glaucio H. Paulino

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One of the prevalent issues facing the construction industry in today's world is the balance between engineering and architecture: traditionally, the goal of the architect has focused more on the aesthetics, or "form" of a structure, while the goal of the engineer has been focused on stability and efficiency, or its "function". In this work, we discuss the importance of a close collaboration between these disciplines, and offer an alternative approach to generate new, integrated design ideas by means of a tailored structural topology optimization framework, which can potentially be of benefit to both the architectural and structural engineering communities. Several practical case studies, from actual collaborative design projects, are given to illustrate the successes and limitations of such techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)716-726
Number of pages11
JournalEngineering Structures
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


  • Architecture
  • Geometrical patterns
  • High-rise buildings
  • Layout optimization
  • Manufacturing constraints
  • Topology optimization


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