is a structural engineer and professor of architecture and structural engineering at Princeton University.
He studied at MIT and the University of California at Berkeley and began his career as a draftsman in the joint studio of Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi in Long Island City in 1976. He has practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York, establishing the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners; in 1997 he began his current practice. Nordenson was the structural engineer for the Museum of Modern Art expansion in New York, Jubilee Church in Rome, Simmons Residence Hall at MIT in Massachusetts, Disneyland Parking Structure in California, Santa Fe Opera House, and over 100 other projects. He is active in earthquake engineering, including code development, technology transfer, long-range planning for FEMA and the USGS, and research. He initiated and led the development of the New York City Seismic Code from 1984 to its enactment into law in 1995.
Nordenson has received many honors and award, including fellowships at Harvard and the American Academy in Rome, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, an AIA Award for Collaborative Achievement, and the AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Prize for his project “On the Water – the NY/ NJ Upper Bay.”
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