Last night, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger vice president Holger Schulze-Ehring, Dipl.-Ing., Cand.-Arch., spoke to an audience of students and professionals in the Great Hall of Cooper Union’s Foundation Building. The lecture, organized by Civil Engineering Department of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, was sponsored by the Steel Institute of New York as part of the Institute’s ongoing educational series, which includes lectures by renowned architects and engineers at academic institutions including Cooper Union, Columbia, and Pratt.
As an architect and engineer, Schulze-Ehring brought a unique perspective to the lecture’s topic, “Form Follows Function: Structure and Architectural Concept,” highlighting various form-finding techniques. He underscored ways in which creative use of form and structure can result in effective solutions for modern buildings, siting Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s work around the world in addition to historic examples from Antoni Gaudi and Félix Candela, among others. As a practitioner working across disciplines, Schulze-Ehring encouraged students to explore collaboration between architects, engineers, and fabricators to develop structural forms that can support and enhance architecture beyond its primary function while allowing projects to meet real-world constraints like deadlines and budgets.
About the Speaker: Holger Schulze-Ehring, Dipl.-Ing., Cand.-Arch. and Vice President at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, applies his expertise in advanced engineering and architecture to the design of unique, inventive, and complex structures. Uniting his strong technical and creative background he works with renowned architects and artists on museums and other cultural buildings, transportation hubs and bridges (including the World Trade Center Port Authority Trans-Hudson Transportation Hub), as well as sculptures, lightweight and moveable structures. Applying his training and research in both structural engineering and architecture, he teaches design of long-span structures at the Manhattan College and has been a guest lecturer, critic and juror at numerous universities, including Columbia University, Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania.