Steel Structures

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Rachel Cruise

Lecturer

Contact

r.cruise@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 (0)114 222 0370

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
Sheffield,
S1 3JD

Profile

I have a background in both Architecture and Structural Engineering, with a First Class Degree and a Diploma in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture and a PhD in the field of Structural Engineering from Imperial College London. Having held a Lectureship in the joint Architecture and Civil Engineering Department at the University of Bath I moved to the University of Sheffield in 2010. My research interests lie in how design methods, fabrication and production processes influence the nature of a resulting construction both from a Structural Engineering and Architectural perspective.

Recent activities and achievements

My research falls into two categories:

1) Structural Engineering: I contribute to the Steel Research group in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering. My research focuses on the influence of production processes on the resulting structural behaviour of metallic structural members and the cost and environmental implications of manufacturing techniques.

2) Architecture: How design methods, fabrication and production processes and the different ways of understanding our physical world influence the nature of a resulting construction both from a Structural Engineering and Architectural perspective.

Both research areas contribute to my overarching research interest in methodologies employed in designing and making the built environment.

I would be interested in supervising PhD candidates in the above fields.