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John A. Ochsendorf

MacArthur Fellow
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Architecture
Housemaster, Warehouse, 2010 – present

MacArthur Fellow
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Architecture
Housemaster, Warehouse, 2010 – present

John A. Ochsendorf
MacArthur Fellow
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Architecture
Housemaster, Warehouse, 2010 – present

John Ochsendorf is known for his unique way of combining interests in archaeology, engineering, and architecture. It all began with a fascination with Inca suspension bridges and his research now focuses on discovering sustainability lessons in historic masonry structures and on ways to determine the safety of cracked masonry vaults and domes. A former Fulbright scholar and MacArthur grant winner, Professor Ochsendorf enthusiastically encourages his students to participate in his building projects.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Convincing skeptical Cornell advisors that there was value in Peruvian suspension bridges.
  • Rediscovering lessons in the construction of ancient monuments.
  • Assessing structures after wind loading.
  • Work with the Masonry Research Group, the Concrete Sustainability Hub, and the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology.
  • Creating soil-cement vaults in South Africa.
  • Recognizing the valuable legacy of Guastavino vaults.

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