Throughout his career, Joe has built a bridge between architecture and engineering that has significantly raised the standards for research, practice and training.

Joseph Burns is a passionate advocate for the deeper integration of architecture and engineering, which he promotes through technical innovation in the design of structural systems, collaboration in practice and leadership in building science education. A member of Thornton Tomasetti’s board of directors, he oversees the firm’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, India and Brazil.

Technical Innovation
With more than 35 years of experience, Joe specializes in the design of complex structural systems, including earthquake engineering and dynamic analysis. A recipient of the American Institute of Steel Construction’s Special Achievement Award, he was also named to Structural Engineer’s Power List and Engineering News-Record‘s (ENR) Top 25 Newsmakers. He is well known as an innovator for projects, receiving recognition for the pioneering use of Tekla modeling in the redevelopment of Chicago’s Soldier Field in the late 1990s.

Academic Leadership
Joe shares his expertise through teaching, publishing and lecturing; his engagements include numerous presentations at Structures Congress, the annual conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Structural Engineering Institute. He has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Maryland and University of Washington, among others.

Outside of Work
An avid theater attendee, Joe also enjoys cooking and ceramics. He is a dedicated walker, seeing the world one step at a time with 10,000 steps every day.

Expertise
• Building information modeling
• Design and engineering
• Forensic investigation