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RE: Structural Engineers are Artists!

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I agree.  At Cal Poly SLO we were required to take a 1 unit sketching   
class, and all 2nd year design labs right alongside the architectural   
students.  My interest in both mathematics and art led me into Structural   
engineering to begin with, and I took some art classes at the junior   
college in my home town.  All this has been invaluable in enabling me to   
think in three dimensions and to communicate my solutions effectively.
 Another thing I think should be required is that all structural   
engineering students work on at least 2 construction projects!  The   
practical aspects of constructability are not addressed sufficiently in   
engineering education.

Joyce Fuss, S.E.
Lionakis Beaumont Design Group
Sacramento, CA

 -----Original Message-----
From: Milo Ketchum
Sent: Friday, January 01, 1999 4:44 PM
To: Joyce; seaint
Subject: RE: Structural Engineers are Artists!


Training of structural engineers should include courses in art and free
hand drawing.
when I taught structural engineering courses I often said: "Think with
your fingers"