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Fellow Engineers,

Regarding architects involved in bridge design,
just ask London people, how 'happy' they are with
the fiasco of the New Millenium Bridge !

Eng. R.Labbé

-----Mensaje original-----
De: Jamie Heupel <jheu(--nospam--at)>
Para: 'seaint(--nospam--at)' <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Fecha: Viernes, 02 de Marzo de 2001 08:26 a.m.
Asunto: Architect vs. Engineer

>Fellow Engineers,
>What's the difference?  I just read the definitions of Architecture and
>Engineering from Funk & Wagnall's Standard Desk Dictionary and can see why
>laymen are confused or unaware with what WE do.  The definitions are as
>Architecture:  The science, art, or profession of designing and
>constructing buildings or other structures.
>Engineering:  The art and science of designing, constructing, and operating
>roads, bridges, buildings, etc.
>Ouch!, that must make me an Architect and an Engineer.  Since I am already
>a "Son of an Architect" by birth, does that make me half Architect and half
>I have used the same simplistic definition that Roger Turk used in
>yesterdays email:
>"An over simplified explanation of a Structural Engineer that I use, is,
>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
>But we still don't get the recognition for OUR achievements.  Architects
>are even becoming leads on bridge projects!  But that brings about a whole
>other issue.  For your own interests, read past articles in Structural
>Engineer magazine.  You can subscribe to the free publication in the USA at
>   The architect/engineer articles were in the October
>and November 2000 issues entitled "The architect and the bridge".  These
>articles were spurred by an article in the August 2000 issue "Should
>architects design bridges?"  Enjoy!  What a way to get fired up for the
>Mr. Jamie A. Heupel
>Raasch Associates, Inc.
>Green Bay, WI