I’m Paul Kassabian. I’m a structural engineer who works at an engineering consultancy in Boston and lectures at MIT. As a professional engineer (at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger) I’m in our structural design group and work on a wide range of projects including buildings, bridges, towers, and art installations. Much of this work is with local Boston architects, many of whom also teach at the multiple academic institutions in the Boston area.
I started teaching at MIT in 2005 and have been a graduate-level lecturer in both the Architecture and Civil Engineering departments. I’ve also co-taught an integrated design studio at Harvard Graduate School of Design and served as juror for design awards and as studio critic at various universities.
My education was in the UK at Westminster School and Cambridge University. I worked at the engineering consultancy of Flint & Neill on a range of pedestrian bridges (it was the era of frequent footbridge design competitions in the UK), long-span bridges, and tower structures. I also worked at Watson Steel for the fabrication and erection of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
I came to the States to do a second Masters in Structural Engineering at MIT and fell in love with Boston.
As luck would have it, during my first week at MIT back in August 2001, Professor Connor asked me to be his teaching assistant and I found a passion for teaching and improving students’ qualitative understanding of structures. Given the nature of our profession, I think (hope) my day-job as a practicing structural engineer means I bring value in both a broad and specific manner to the students.