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Lateral 101 for Architects 

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This is an introductory course designed to help architects better understand the basic structural nature of buildings under lateral forces which can in effect help create more efficient plan layouts, potentially reduce costs, and increase the lateral performance of the building.

A 2-story example will be presented on a “What if” basis to help understand the consequences of developing minimal structural lateral resisting layouts, and how moving or deleting shear walls can create complicated load paths and structural irregularities.

December 5, 2023 | 1:00pm-2:30pm ET
Attendees can Earn 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 1.5 PDH credits or 0.15 ICC credits


Terry Malone, PE, SE, Senior Technical Director | WoodWorks

Terry Malone is a licensed civil and structural engineer in the State of Washington and Senior Technical Director of Project Resources and Solutions Division. Prior to joining WoodWorks, he was a principal in consulting structural engineering firms in Washington and Oregon and also conducted third party structural plan reviews. He also served as a faculty member at St. Martin’s College (University) in Lacey, Washington. Terry has over 40 years of wood design experience and has taken an active role as a presenter providing seminars at state and local ICC chapters and professional engineering organizations with focus on understanding lateral force resisting systems. Terry is author of The Analysis of Irregular Shaped Structures: Wood Diaphragms and Shear Walls, published by McGraw-Hill, ICC SKGA, and ICC.

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