Guy Nordenson

2022 Portman Prize Studio Visiting Critic


B.S. in Civil Engineering, MIT
M.S. in Structural Engineering, UC Berkeley


Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor of architecture at Princeton University.  He has been the engineer for over 200 projects, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, Santa Fe Opera House, Toledo Glass Pavilion, the International African American Museum, and Emmanuel Nine Memorial, in Charleston SC, and oversaw the design of David Hammons’ Day’s End sculpture in the Hudson River. 
Nordenson has led numerous research projects on coastal resilience and climate adaptation and is the author of multiple books on the subject, including On the Water | Palisade Bay (2010), Structures of Coastal Resilience (2018), and Four Corridors (2019). He was Commissioner of the NYC Public Design Commission from 2006 to 2015 and a member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change. He is fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.