Jordan Woodson, PE is a Senior Structural Engineer with Arup’s Washington DC office, where he has helped grow the firm’s local structural team over the last 8 years. In his current role, he acts as the structural design lead of a wide variety of projects and oversees project delivery for larger multi-disciplinary teams. Jordan has a passion for collaboration and integrated design working with other engineers, architects, and artists to deliver efficient and innovative structural designs.
Jordan has excelled as a structural engineer by combining a strong grasp of first principles with an appropriate use of analysis and design techniques to successfully deliver projects of widely varying scale, typology, materiality and complexity. His experience ranges from airport terminals to art installations, historic materials to modular construction, new build to renovation, and commercial to cultural.
Early project work included numerous developments in Mexico City including Torre Manacar and Torre Virreyes with the late Mexican architect Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon. On the Mexico City Airport, he was embedded in the London offices of Fosters & Partners to execute detailed coordination of primary gravity and lateral systems alongside baggage handling systems and strict architectural constraints. Later he relocated to site to observe construction of the project’s most complex steel elements.
Jordan has delivered projects with rigorous design challenges - including modal vibration analysis of the Capitol Crossing Pedestrian Bridge in Washington, DC and 2nd order buckling analysis on the steel frame of the Chrysalis Amphitheatre in Columbia, Maryland. Current projects include the new campus for Fulbright University in Vietnam, mass-timber and post-tensioned office buildings in the DMV and a modular room design for a Dutch hotel chain entering the US market.
Beyond project work, Jordan is integral to making the firm better, locally by training and mentoring staff and regionally through Arup initiatives toward skill development and operations. Jordan serves as Washington DC’s structural skills leader – charged with collaborating regionally to actively maintain and develop structural skills of Arup staff. He also sits on the office’s Guiding Coalition, a group that taps a cross section of members of the firm to provide feedback to leadership and strategize work place improvements.
Jordan earned his Masters of Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in December of 2011. Originally from North Carolina, he graduated with distinction from Duke University in 2010. Jordan lives in the District and has an active interest in live music, UNC athletics, and cooking with his Cookbook Book Club.
From a desire to put his love of math to use by helping others, David selected to major in Civil Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana. Curious about graduate school, he applied and was accepted to a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Delaware the summer before senior year. His research project focused on the construction of a tied concrete arch bridge that was at the time being proposed over the Indian River Inlet in Delaware. Senior year found him taking advanced structural courses and gladly taking on the bridge design component of his group’s senior design project.
Those experiences culminated in him applying to the University of Notre Dame for Graduate School to pursue structural engineering. His admission included a full fellowship that allowed him to pursue a Master’s degree while researching and serving as a teaching assistant. He presented some of his thesis, titled Full-Scale Dynamic Characteristics of Tall Buildings and Impacts on Occupant Comfort, at the ASCE/SEI Structures Congress in 2007.
His research in Graduate School led him to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago to further pursue his interest in tall building design. In that challenging environment, he developed quickly and was provided the opportunity to contribute to landmark projects such as Trump Tower Chicago, the FBI Biometric Technology Center in West Virginia, NATO Headquarters in Belgium, 100 Mount Street in Australia, JTI Headquarters in Switzerland, the University of North Carolina Genome Science Building, and Ssiger International Plaza Phase II in China.
In 2012, David moved back to Maryland to be closer to where he grew up and joined SK&A DC. Since that time, he has been fortunate to work on numerous projects around the DC area, particularly several projects providing special resources to the local community: Ballou Senior High School, the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence (affordable housing for homeless veterans), Plaza West (affordable housing for grand families), Ingleside at Rock Creek Retirement Community, and the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA Redevelopment (housing for homeless women).
David is now serving as past-chair of the SEAMW YMG board after serving as chair last year and joining as a coordinator in 2014. He also now serves as SEAMW membership chair and has helped with the transition to the new organization management software, WildApricot. Last year, David joined the ASCE Wind Committee and the Performance Based Design Sub-Committee where he found himself again designing tall buildings.
David lives in Capitol Heights with his wife and two cats. He currently spends his free time reading, learning to play the guitar, visiting any venue with live music, and riding his motorcycle.
Dara Naderi, PE