Organizing Institutions & Acknowledgements

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (GSAPP) offers six master’s degree programs: Master of Architecture, Master of Science Advanced Architectural Design, Architecture and Urban Design, Urban Planning, Historic Preservation, and Real Estate Development. With an enrollment of 650 students from some 55 countries, the School serves as a leading laboratory for testing new ideas about the environmental designer’s role in a global society. It cultivates an atmosphere in which all of the disciplines devoted to the built environment are invited to think differently, to move beyond the highest level of professional training, opening a creative space within which the disci-plines can re-think themselves in order to find new settings and new forms of professional, scholarly, technical, and ethical practice. www.arch.columbia.edu

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The Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics is one of nine departments in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. Offering undergraduate programs in civil engineering and engineering mechanics, it provides students with a firm technical basis while nurturing decision-making and leadership potential. The civil engineering program, accredited by ABET, has four concentrations: structural engineering; geotechnical engineering; construction engineering and management; and water resources and environmental engineering. On the graduate level, the department offers programs leading to the MS degree, the professional degrees of Civil Engineer or Mechanics Engineer, and the Doctor of Engineering Science (EngScD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. These programs are flexible and allow for concentrations in structures, construction engineering, reliability and random processes, soil mechanics, fluid mechanics, hydrogeology, continuum mechanics,finite element methods, computational mechanics, experimental mechanics, acoustics, vibrations and dynamics, and earthquake engineering, or any com-bination thereof, such as fluid-structure interaction.www.civil.columbia.edu

Steel and Ornamental Metal Institutes of New York

The Steel and Ornamental Metal Institutes of New York are not-forprofit associations created in 1972 to advance the interests of the structural steel and the architectural, ornamental, and miscellaneous metal construction industries. Serving a geographical area encompassing New York City and adjacent Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, each sponsors programs to aid architects, engineers and construction managers in selecting structural systems and architectural metals for optimum performance. Programs in which the Institutes are engaged include: consultations extending to preliminary design and cost analyses for alternative structural, curtain wall and architectural metal finish systems; seminars covering designing for economy and performance in structural frames, curtain walls, and in the use of alloys and surface treatments for miscellaneous iron work; representation before government bodies in matters of laws, codes and regulations affecting the industry; granting of subsidies to architecture and engineering schools; and funding of research related to the advancement of the industry. www.siny.org and www.ominy.org

American Institute of Steel Construction

The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steelrelated technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry and of providing timely and reliable information. www.aisc.org


Post Ductility is the third in a series of conferences on architecture, engineering and materials. The series originated as a plan to collaborate; Mark Wigley, Dean, GSAPP, and Christian Meyer, Chair, Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, began discussions to host a joint conference as a new model of exchange between architecture and engineering. The first conference in the series, Engineered Transparency, on glass, was held at GSAPP in September 2007. The second, Solid States, on concrete, was held at GSAPP in October 2008, and the fourth conference, on polymers, will be held at GSAPP in autumn 2010.

Post Ductility: Metals in Architectureand Engineering would not have beenpossible without the energy, good willand intellectual rigor of the conferencechair, Michael Bell, who has beensupported by a group of dedicatedadvisers and collaborators including:

Christian Meyer, Mark Wigley,Gary Higbee, Louis Geschwinder,Jean-Louis Cohen, Steven Holl, Laurie Hawkinson, Juan Herreros, Jacques Lukasik, Antoine Picon, Jesse Reiser,Werner Sobek, Diana Darling andWilliam Menking; and Benjamin Prosky,Craig Buckley, Devon Ercolano Provan,Phillip Anzalone, Bridget Borders,Julian Pancoast, Ravi Raj, Victoria Benitez, Luke Bulman, Stephanie Salomon, Gabriel Bach, the GSAPP AV crew; John Ramahlo, Lou Fernandez,Kevin Allen; Rosana Rubio-Hernandez,Alejandro de Castro Mazarro, Mark Wasiuta and the GSAPP exhibitions team and especially Annie Kurtin.

Convened by:
The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation,
Columbia University in the City of New York
Mark Wigley, Dean
Michael Bell, Professor, Conference Chair

In Collaboration with:
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Christian Meyer, Chair and Professor

Steel Institute of New York
Ornamental Metal Institute of New York
American Institute of Steel Construction

Exclusive media sponsor:
The Architect’s Newspaper

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