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Fundamentals of Structural Planning


Structural planning is part of the schematic design phase where fundamental decisions about the choice of structural systems and materials are made. Site and contextual conditions, building type, scale, project design criteria (including building codes), and constructability, are factors that have considerable influence in the selection. Proper understanding of the rationale for structural decisions about materials, framing systems, and their layouts would lead to elegant, efficient, and economical solutions. This webinar provides an overview of structural planning considerations in order to explore better ways to establish the initial decisions in building design. A series of case-studies will be used to support the discussion.

  • Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education
  • Diamond Review approved in all 50 states
  • This webinar will be available as a recording.


  • Sudarshan Krishnan, PhD

    Professor Sudarshan Krishnan has academic and professional experience in both architecture and structural engineering. He earned his Ph.D in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds an Assistant Professor position in the School of Architecture. He has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses on structural systems, structural analysis, and design. His research looks for unique crossovers in geometry, architecture and engineering. In this spirit, his work focuses on lightweight structural systems and transformable structures for terrestrial and outer space applications. Professor Sudarshan's research and teaching at the University of Illinois have been recognized in the Big Ten Network’s (BTN) “Stories of Innovation, Impact and Inspiration.”

November 19, 2020
Thu 10:00 AM PST

Duration 1H 30M

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