Russell Gentry

Director, Digital Building Lab
Director, Master of Science in Architecture Program
Associate Professor


Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Structures), University of Michigan, 1992
M.S. (Civil Engineering), Georgia Institute of Technology,1986
B.S. (Civil Engineering), Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985


Russell Gentry is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Civil Engineering (by courtesy) and a licensed structural engineer. He teaches graduate courses in building structures, computationally-driven fabrication and construction, and building integration. He is affiliated with the design computing faculty in the School of Architecture and the structural engineering and mechanics of materials faculty in the School of Civil Engineering. Gentry directs the Master of Science programs in the GT School of Architecture.

Prof. Gentry is the chair of ASTM D30.10, Composites for Civil Structures and an expert on the development of test methods for composite materials. He is the Georgia Tech principal investigator on the NSF-sponsored international initiative to develop alternative uses for decommissioned composite wind turbine blades (see

In the building industry, Gentry leads a now five-year effort to develop BIM processes and tools for the masonry industry (see With colleagues in the Schools of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Gentry manages two research projects focusing on the development of new mass timber material and building systems for defense and civilian structures.

Georgia Tech, College of Design, Faculty Research Award, 2019
ASTM Distinguished Service Award, 2016
ASTM President’s Leadership Award, 2011

Benjamin Tasistro-Hart, Tristan Al-Haddad, Lawrence C. Bank, and Russell Gentry, (2019), “Reconstruction of Wind Turbine Blade Geometry and Internal Structure from Point Cloud Data,” ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, June 17-19, 2019.

Collins, Jeffrey and Gentry, Russell, (2019), “Mapping Precast: Linking Global and Local Descriptions of Architectural Precast Concrete,” ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering Theme: Future Cities and Resilient Infrastructures, June 17 - 19, 2019, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A, to appear.

Bermek, Mehmet, Shelden, Dennis and Gentry, Russell (2019) “Schema for Automated Generation of CLT Floor Framing and Panelization”, ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, June 17 - 19 2019.

Morrow, Ruth, Gentry, Russell and Al-Haddad, Tristan (2018), “Re-Wind: Architectural Design Studio and the Re-Purposing of Wind Turbine Blades”, SEEDS: Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland, 6-7 September 2018.

Gentry, Russell and Bakis, Charles (2018), “ASTM Specification for Glass-Fiber Reinforced Polymer Bars for Concrete Reinforcement” 9th International Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2016), July 17-19, 2018, Paris, France.

Gentry, Russell, Bank, Lawrence C., Chen, Jian-Fei, Arias, Franco and Al-Haddad, Tristan (2018), Adaptive Reuse of FRP Composite Wind Turbine Blades for Civil Infrastructure Construction, 9th International Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2018), July 17-19, 2018, Paris, France.

K. Sanborn, T.R. Gentry, Z. Koch, A. Valkenburg, C. Conley, L.K. Stewart, (2018), Ballistic Performance of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), Journal of Impact Engineering.

Lawrence C. Bank, Franco R. Arias, Ardavan Yazdanbakhsh, T. Russell Gentry, Tristan Al-Haddad, Jian-Fei Chen, Ruth Morrow, (2018), “Concepts for Reusing Composite Materials from Decommissioned Wind Turbine Blades in Affordable Housing”, Recycling, 3(1).

Gentry, T.R., Javaid, A., Chen, M. and Scott, D. (2016) “Bearing Strength of Small-Diameter Self-Tapping Fasteners in Hybrid Steel-FRP Connections”, 8th International Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2016), December 14-16, 2016, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Shahmiri, Fereshteh and Gentry, Russell (2016) “A Survey of Cable-Suspended Robots and their Application in Architecture and Construction”, Congress of Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics (SiGraDi 2016), November 9-11, 2016, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Cavieres, Andres, Eastman Charles and Gentry, Russell (2016) “A Process-Driven Representation Schema for Masonry Wall Assemblies”, 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2016), July 18 to 21, 2016, Auburn, Alabama.

Sharif, S., T.R. Gentry, J. Yen, and J.N. Goodman (2013) “Kinetic Solar Panels: A Transformative and Expandable Geometric System for Photovoltaic Structures” International Journal of Architectural Computing, 11:2.

Gentry, T. Russell, (2011), “Performance of glued-laminated timbers with FRP shear and flexural reinforcement”, Journal of Composites for Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, v 15, n 5, p 861-870.

ARCH 6252: Building Structures 2
CEE 6544: Structural Modeling
ARCH 8832: Building Systems and Data
ARCH 6506: Construction Materials, Systems, and Fabrications