James Richardson

James Richardson is a structural engineer working in New York City. He has published extensively on the topic of structural optimization.

Richardson's work includes optimization of the bracing system for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC; developing new calculation methods for the analysis of slender concrete beams for the Corning Museum of Glass expansion; and project lead for the long-span cable roof for the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Richardson is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Optimal Structural Design Committee.

Originally from Cape Town, Richardson studied applied mathematics at the University of Cape Town before moving to Belgium to study both architecture and structural engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In 2008, he won the Brussels Prize for Architecture. In October 2013, he completed his doctorate of philosophy on structural optimization as a researcher at Princeton University and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 5612/1612 Structural ConceptsFundamental concepts of structural behavior. Statics and strength of materials. Introduction to and analysis of simple structural systems.