Kirk Martini's Short Biography

Kirk Martini teaches structural design and 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 at 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 in 1994, a Teaching and Technology Fellowship in 1995, and a resident fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities in 1997. In 2007 his Arcade software for nonlinear dynamic structural anlaysis won the Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Software. In 2008 he won a University of Virginia All-University teaching award. His research interests include seismic design, non-linear structural analysis, and interactive computer animation.