Profile

Founded in 1997 on the principle of close collaboration as an essential basis of design, Guy Nordenson and Associates (GNA) is a New York–based structural engineering practice that has established itself as an effective partner in the design and construction of complex and challenging projects. These include recently completed projects such as the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston TX with Johnston Marklee, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC with Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, the Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Art + Design Wing in Corning NY with Thomas Phifer and Partners and the Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth TX with Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Additional projects in design or construction include the International African American Museum in Charleston SC with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston with Steven Holl Architects and the Frick Collection Facility Expansion and Renovation in New York with Selldorf Architects. Since 2007 GNA has also been active in developing strategies for climate change and coastal adaptation and storm surge mitigation through research initiatives, publications, exhibitions, and in consultation with stakeholders at the local and national level.

GNA’s progressive approach is based on the rigorous analysis of multiple alternatives and the crafting and execution of structural design in partnership with a wide network of specialist fabricators and experts. Our commitment to innovative solutions can be seen in our development of refined structural systems and pioneering use of both new and common materials.

People

  • Guy Nordenson, Partner

    is a structural engineer and professor at Princeton University. He practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York and in 1987 established Arup’s New York office. In 1997 he began his independent practice. Nordenson was the structural engineer for the 2004 MoMA expansion in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and over 200 other projects. Recent and current projects include the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC and the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston TX.

    In 2009 Nordenson was the 7th structural engineer awarded the AIA’s Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Award, and the first practicing structural engineer to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was Commissioner and Secretary of the NYC Public Design Commission from 2006 to 2015 and is a member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change, both mayoral appointments. In 2013 his research team at Princeton was awarded a major grant by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop “Structures of Coastal Resilience” in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers. The results of this (www.structuresofcoastalresilience.org) were incorporated in the 2015 North Atlantic Comprehensive Study of the USACE. In 2016 he published Reading Structures: 39 Projects and Built Works with Lars Müller Publishers, a companion to his 2010 collection of essays Patterns and Structure.

  • Erich Oswald, Associate Partner

    graduated in June 2006 from Princeton University with a BSE degree in Structural Engineering and a certificate from the School of Architecture. While earning his degree, he worked as a summer intern at Leslie E Robertson Associates. Upon graduation, he worked as a summer intern at Guy Nordenson and Associates before attending the University of California at Berkeley where he earned a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials. He returned to Guy Nordenson and Associates in August 2007 and has since overseen the engineering of over twenty projects including the Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Art + Design Wing in Corning NY and the New York City Police Academy in Queens NY. Recent and current projects include the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston TX, the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Ruby City in San Antonio, TX.

  • Lizzie Hodges, Associate Partner

    is a designer and project manager at Guy Nordenson and Associates; she joined the firm in September of 2007. She holds a BA from Barnard College at Columbia University (2002) and an MArch from Princeton University School of Architecture (2007). She has previously worked at Bernard Tschumi Architects and Andrew Berman Architect in New York, and her background in architecture has provided a valuable foundation for her work at GNA. She has over ten years of experience in the design and management of high profile projects including the Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth TX and the Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Art + Design Wing in Corning NY. Additionally, Hodges McQuade has also helped to lead the design, research and analysis of a number of climate adaption research projects for GNA. Her current projects include the MIT Vassar Street Residence Hall in Cambridge MA and the International African American Museum in Charleston SC.

  • Brett Schneider, Senior Associate

    is educated as both an architect and an engineer.  After earning his Bachelor degree from Williams College, Schneider pursued joint Masters degrees in architecture and structural engineering at Princeton University. Schneider is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design (Division of Architecture and Design) where he teaches both design studios and structural engineering. He has also taught as a visiting faculty member at Parsons The New School for Design (School of Constructed Environments), the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, and the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Recently completed projects include the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston TX and the competition-winning Chicago Horizon pavilion. Current projects include the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Whitney Museum of American Art Sculpture Installation in New York NY.

  • Gina Morrow, Associate

    is a designer and project manager at Guy Nordenson and Associates; she joined the firm in September of 2015. She holds a BA from Vassar College (2011) and an MArch from Princeton University School of Architecture (2015). Before graduate school she worked as an editorial and digital production assistant at Princeton Architectural Press. During her studies at Princeton University she interned with Guy Nordenson and Associates and MOS Architects and also served as an editor of Pidgin magazine. She is currently working on the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Expansion in La Jolla CA, the Rothko Chapel Master Plan and Renovation in Houston TX and the Whitney Museum of American Art Sculpture Installation in New York NY.

  • Xiaoxiao Wu, Associate

    is a structural engineer at Guy Nordenson and Associates; she joined the firm in June of 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, China (2014) and a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015). During her studies she interned at the Engineering Research Institute of Shanghai Construction Group where she analyzed high-rise building performance, as well as the Shanghai Mechanized Construction Group where she assisted the construction site manager. She is currently working on the Rothko Chapel Master Plan and Renovation in Houston TX and The Frick Collection Facility Expansion and Renovation in New York NY.

  • Romane Boutillier
  • David Himelman
  • Rhiannon Inners
  • Andrew Keane
  • Katie Kennedy
  • Eva Zhao

Employment

Guy Nordenson and Associates is a young and collaborative office with exciting domestic and international projects in both building and bridge design. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and great opportunity for growth and development. We are currently seeking exceptional candidates for the following positions:

  • Revit Structures / CAD Technician

    — Guy Nordenson and Associates seeks a Revit Structures / CAD Technician with minimum 3 years of experience working in a professional environment with Revit Structures and AutoCAD. Candidates will be in a position to work on exciting projects with prominent architects and consultants. Responsibilities include creating and managing 3D models for use in analysis and documentation, producing 2D structural drawing sets generated from 3D models, coordinating models and workflow between members of the design team, drafting 2D plans, sections, and details for CAD based projects. Understanding of construction and construction practices is required. Knowledge of other modeling software (Rhino, Grasshopper) is beneficial but not required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@nordenson.com

Contact

225 Varick Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10014 USA

t. 212 766 9119
f. 212 766 9016
mail@nordenson.com