Engineering an Earthquake to Buttress the National Cathedral

February 26, 2014

Two years ago when an earthquake struck the Washington, D.C. area, Robert Mark got a call from the master mason at the Washington National Cathedral. “The building is falling around me!” he said.

When it came time for repairs, Mark, a retired professor of civil engineering and architecture at Princeton and longtime consultant for the national landmark, turned for help to George Deodatis, the Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor of Civil Engineering and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.