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--- "Lutz, James" <JLUTZ(--nospam--at)earthtech.com> wrote:
> My favorite is "When structural engineers practice
> architecture, the results
> are horrifying. When architects practice structural
> engineering, the results
> are terrifying!"
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Donn Wooldridge [mailto:dowo(--nospam--at)msn.com]
> Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 9:16 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Re: Seattle Earthquake Interviews
> 
> 
> My response to the question "what do structural
> engineers do"   is  "the
> architect makes the building look pretty"  the
> structural engineer "makes
> the building stand up"
>  
> Donn Wooldridge PE, Structural
> Phoenix, AZ
> 
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Roger Turk
> Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 5:09 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: Seattle Earthquake Interviews
> 
> Paul,
> 
> An over simplified explanation of a Structural
> Engineer that I use, is, "The
> Architect draws the pretty picture, and the
> Structural Engineer figures out
> how to hold it up."  (Sometimes I think even that is
> too complicated for
> some
> people.)
> 
> As far as Structural Engineers getting the
> recognition for the good
> performance of engineered structures, why don't you
> or SEAW write letters to
> the offending media and express dismay that they
> didn't interview structural
> engineers instead of architects?  Most media have
> "contact" lists of people
> to contact in the event of some newsworthy event. 
> Get structural engineers
> on those contact lists.
> 
> A local (Tucson) TV station excitedly reported that
> the Seattle quake was
> felt in Tucson, when all they were talking about was
> that the quake, like
> virtually all significant earthquakes anywhere in
> the world, was recorded on
> the University of Arizona seismograph (TUC).  Media
> tends to know little or
> nothing about technical matters other than what is
> spoon fed to them, and
> then they manage to screw that up, too.
> 
> A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
> Tucson, Arizona
> 
> Paul Crocker wrote:
> 
> . > "AIA Prez even had time to mention that AIA
> dispatches members to
> . > participate
> . > on quake recovery teams."
> 
> . > Well, you want to make sure that any necessary
> repair work fits the look
> . > of the neighborhood, right?  I heard an
> interview with the head of the
> . > King County Council (the county that Seattle is
> in) in which he credited
> . > the work of local architects with good building
> performance. I don't
> . > think 9 out of 10 people understand what we do.
> I have had more than one
> . > conversation where upon hearing that I work on
> building design, the
> person
> . > will say "so you're an architect, right?" I take
> time to explain exactly
> . > what it is a engineer does, to which they
> respond, "so you're a
> . > specialized kind of architect, then?"  Of
> course, in Seattle, when
> . > someone hears you're an engineer, they assume
> you work for Boeing.
> 
> . > Paul Crocker, P.E.
> 
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