Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor of architecture and structural engineering at Princeton University. He studied at MIT and the University of California at Berkeley and began his career as a draftsman in the joint studio of R Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi in Long Island City in 1976. He has practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York. In 1987 he established the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners and was its director until 1997, when he began his current practice. In 1994 he co-founded the Structural Engineers Association of New York. He is Commissioner and Secretary of the New York City Public Design Commission. His research project “On the Water | Palisade Bay” won the 2007 AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Research Prize, and was published in 2010 by Hatje Cantz and served as the inspiration for the MoMA workshop and exhibition "Rising Currents" in 2010. His books Seven Structural Engineers - The Felix Candela Lectures was published in 2008 by MoMA and Patterns and Structure in 2010 by Lars Müller Publishers. Nordenson was a recipient of the AIA’s 2009 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Award and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Nordenson is also active in earthquake engineering, including code development, technology transfer, long-range planning for FEMA and the USGS, and research. He initiated and led the development of the New York City Seismic Code from 1984 to its enactment into law in 1995. He has been engaged in climate adaptation research and its implementation for New York City as a member of numerous committees and task forces and his research team at Princeton was recently awarded a major grant by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop “Structures of Coastal Resilience” in collaboration with the USACE and coordinating teams from Harvard, City College of NY and University of Pennsylvania.