Published: Oct. 11, 2018

Global Seminar: Structural Analysis of Iconic Structures

Study Abroad ParisThis course seeks to examine the intersection of Structural Analysis/Design with Architecture, combining rigor with beauty.

This is best examined through iconic structures of a type seldom taught in undergraduate curriculum (arches, cables, shells), three-dimensional frames. Those may be bridges, towers, stadiums, cathedrals, museums, or large civic structures.

You will earn three Engineering credits with CU Engineering  while living and learning in a bustling urban center where you can explore the Parisian culture and daily life in your free time.

Application deadline: February 1st 2019.


  • Go beyond the classroom and apply complex theories of structural analysis on-site of some of the world's most iconic landmarks in the heart of Paris
  • Live and learn in a bustling urban center where you can explore the Parisian culture and daily life in your free time
  • Earn three Engineering credits in Maymester
  • Enjoy excursions around Paris and France

The Course

  • Course: CVEN 4835/5835: Structural Analysis of Iconic Structures: Sense and Simplicity
  • Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for:
    • Engineering tech elective
  • Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • CVEN 4835/5835 Course Description

Faculty Director

  • Professor Victor E. Saouma is a Professor in the Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. He has taught numerous structural analysis/design courses (structural analysis, intermediary structural analysis, nonlinear frame analysis, finite element, advanced reinforced concrete, fracture mechanics and others). His research focuses on the risk assessment of large structures. He is fluent in French and has been a visiting professor in France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. His email address is

Learn more at an info session: Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. in ECCE 1B47!

Interested but can’t attend the info session? Check the website or email Professor Saouma.