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Friday, February 12, 1pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by Tom Wiscombe
Matthew Melnyk is a professional engineer and founding member of the Los Angeles office of Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, an international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy that opened its doors in Los Angeles in 2006. He has 10 years of professional experience focused largely on stadium and long-span roof design, seismic analysis and design, non-linear form-finding and structural optimization. He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1999) and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering and Mechanics of Materials (2002) from the University of California at Berkeley.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Matthew has worked with a many local architecture and design firms including Eric Owen Moss, Michael Maltzan, Morphosis, Roto Architects, Pugh + Scarpa, Barton Myers, EMERGENT, OylerYu and Ball-Nogues.
Matthew has been a faculty member in the Applied Studies Department at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) since the fall of 2006. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Structures, Materials and Applications and Tectonics. His background in Structural Engineer coupled with a keen interest in Architecture and Design have led him to pursue research that examines collaborative design between architects and engineers, parametric modeling and design optimization strategies, and exploiting material and fabrication sensibilities in design.
As a venue for research and collaboration, he has participated in many of the recent SCI-Arc gallery installations including 'Dragonfly' (2007) with Tom Wiscombe of Emergent, 'Live Wire' (2008) with Dwayne Olyer and Jenny Wu of OylerWu Collaborative, 'Voussoir Cloud' (2008) with Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott of IwamotoScottArchitecture (ISAR), 'A Styrofoam Lover with (E)motions of Concrete' (2009) with Suzanne Zottl, and 'If Not Now, When?' (2009) with Eric Owen Moss.