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Kirk Martini

Professor
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Architecture
Office location and address
Campbell Hall 126
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D., University of California Berkeley
M.S., University of California Berkeley
B.A., University of California Berkeley
Biography

Kirk Martini teaches structural design as well as photography at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980, a Master of Science in Structural Engineering and a Master of Architecture in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 1990: all from U.C. Berkeley. He is a licensed Civil Engineer in California and has worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in San Francisco. In 1989 he worked as a graduate student summer intern at Taisei Construction in Tokyo, and completed post-doctoral studies at Tokyo University in 1992. Since then, he has taught at UVa, where he received a Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship, two Teaching and Technology Fellowships, and a resident fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. In 2007, his Arcade software for interactive non-linear dynamic structural analysis won the Premier award for engineering education software. In 2008 he won a UVA All-University Teaching Award, and in 2016 won a UVA Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award.  His research interests include non-linear structural analysis, interactive computer animation, and structural optimization.

ARCH 2240: Introduction to Structural Design
Credits: 4
A first course in structures for undergraduates to develop analytic and critical skills through both mathematical and visual investigation. Topics include statics, mechanics of materials, computer-based structural analysis, and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems. Prerequisite: Equivalent college-level physics.
ARCH 3240: Introduction to Structural Design
Credits: 4
A first course in structures for undergraduates to develop analytic and critical skills through both mathematical and visual investigation. Topics include statics, mechanics of materials, computer-based structural analysis, and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems. Prerequisite: Equivalent college-level physics.
ARCH 3270: Intro Parametric Structural Design
Credits: 3
This second course in structures for undergraduate students focuses on synthesis of structural issues and design. Prerequisite: ARCH 2240
ARCH 3274: Parametric Structural Design
Credits: 3
New integration of structural analysis into standard design software links design with immediate analysis and feedback, allowing architects to extend their structural intuition. This course covers basic structural systems, their historical development, design considerations, and analysis through physical and parametric modeling. Prerequisite: ARCH 3240 or permission of instructor
ARCH 4820: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Selected students lead a seminar (of 8 to 10 younger students each) for 'Lessons of the Lawn' and 'Lessons in Making.' All student assistants attend class lectures (for a second time) and then meet with their seminar groups weekly, leading discussions of topics and questions raised by the instructor.
ARCH 5710: Photography and Digital Methods
Credits: 3
This course seeks to give students the ability to conceive and create digital photographic imagery with control and sophistication. Topics include fundamentals of photography, color theory, digital control of visual qualities, and methods of image montage. Methods include production and presentation for both print and monitor screen.
ARCH 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
ARCH 6240: Introduction to Structural Design
Credits: 4
A first course in structures that develops analytic and critical skills through both mathematical and visual investigation of structures. Topics include static; mechanics of materials; computer-based structural analysis; and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems. Prerequisite: College-level physics. Graduate students will undertake additional course requirements.
ARCH 6270: Parametric Structural Design
Credits: 3
New integration of structural analysis into standard design software links design with immediate analysis and feedback, allowing architects to extend their structural intuition. This course covers basic structural systems, their historical development, design considerations, and analysis through physical and parametric modeling.
ARCH 7210: Structural Design for Dynamic Loads
Credits: 3
Examines wind and earthquake loads in structural design, reviewing the vocabulary of lateral resisting systems, and the basic dynamic theories that underlie building code requirements. Explores recent developments in research and practice. Student projects include reviewing and presenting literature on lateral load research and design.
ARCH 7240: Introduction to Structural Design
Credits: 4
A first course in structures that develops analytic and critical skills through both mathematical and visual investigation of structures. Topics include static; mechanics of materials; computer-based structural analysis; and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems. Prerequisite: College-level physics. Graduate students will undertake additional course requirements.
ARCH 7274: Parametric Structural Design
Credits: 3
New integration of structural analysis into standard design software links design with immediate analysis and feedback, allowing architects to extend their structural intuition. This course covers basic structural systems, their historical development, design considerations, and analysis through physical and parametric modeling. Prerequisite: ARCH 7240 or permission of instructor
ARCH 8800: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Teaching Experience Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.