Angus J. Macdonald is currently Professor Emeritus of Architectural Structures at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh. He has served as Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and as a member of the Board of Governors of Edinburgh College of Art. He is the author or co-author of ten books, including: Structural Design for Architecture; Anthony Hunt: The Engineer's Contribution to Contemporary Architecture; and John Fowler and Benjamin Baker: The Forth Bridge (with I. B. Whyte); as well as book chapters, including 'Structure and Architecture: Tectonics of Form', in Kanaani, M. and Kopec, D. (eds), The Routledge Companion for Architectural Design and Practice; and numerous articles on the relationship between structure and architecture.
This new expanded edition is a welcome update of Professor MacDonald's classic book introducing the principles and application of structural engineering to young architects and engineers. Using both historical and recent examples, with drawings and excellent photographs, he brings the subject alive and provides an invaluable resource. Best of all, he offers readers the material to develop a good understanding of the subject which will serve as a source of inspiration to all designers. Bill Addis - Author of Building: 3000 years of Design Engineering and Construction.