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Schreyer, Alexander C.

Senior Lecturer and Program DirectorBuilding and Construction Technology Program
Faculty memberArchitecture+Design Program
Chair – Departmental IT Committee

Tel: +1 (413) 545-1976
Room: 125 Holdsworth Hall

E-mail: schreyer
Website: www.alexschreyer.net
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Primary interests

Combining backgrounds in structural engineering, wood science and digital design, Mr. Schreyer’s interests span the entire range of planning and design of buildings and structures. He specializes in the design and construction of mainly heavy-timber type (e.g. glulam) structural systems. This is complemented by a strong interest in computer applications and web-based solutions in structural engineering, construction and architecture.

Mr. Schreyer is Program Director and Senior Lecturer in the Building and Construction Technology (BCT) program at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in Amherst, MA. He teaches classes in BIM (Building Information Modeling) and CAD (Computer-Aided Design), building materials and construction methods, wood properties as well as a capstone graduate structural design class in the M.Arch. architecture program.

In his research, Mr. Schreyer focuses on the behavior of wood-based structural systems with a particular interest in innovative connection systems for wooden structures. Other foci are development of software-based approaches in digital design and structural optimization as well as interactive web-based tools.

Recently, Mr. Schreyer published the book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” with John Wiley & Sons, which provides a beginner- to intermediate-level overview of various techniques to “do more” with the popular 3D modeling application Trimble SketchUp.

Current Projects

  • Wood-concrete composite structural systems
  • Fasteners and connection systems for wood structures
  • Structural upgrading of historic buildings
  • CAD and BIM applications in architecture and construction
  • Structural optimization
  • Web applications for research and teaching

Courses Taught

BCT 204 – Construction Materials & Methods (Spring Term)

[ BCT 220 - Introduction to CAD in Construction and Architecture (Fall Term) ]

BCT 304 – Properties of Wood (Fall Term)

BCT 420 – Advanced Topics in CAD (Spring Term)

ECO 697SB – Studies in Building Information Modeling (Spring Term)

ARCH-DES 653 – Tectonics 3 (Fall Term)

Selected Recent Publications

Schreyer, A. 2014. “3D Modeling and Virtual Mockup Building as Teaching Tools in AEC Materials and Methods Curricula“. ASC 50th Annual International Conference held in conjunction with the CIB Workgroup 89 – March 26-28, 2014 in Washington, DC

Yang, Z., Clouston, P., and Schreyer, A. 2013. ”Torsional Shear Tests on Laminated Veneer Lumber using a Universal-type Test Machine“. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 25 (12)

Schreyer, A. 2012. “Architectural Design with SketchUp: Component-Based Modeling, Plugins, Rendering, and Scripting“. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ

Clouston, P., Schreyer, A. 2012. “Experimental Evaluation of Connector Systems for Wood-Concrete Composite Floor Systems in Mill Building Renovations“. The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Vol. 2

Clouston, P., Schreyer, A. 2011. “Truss plates for use as shear connectors in Laminated Veneer Lumber – concrete composite systems“. Proceedings, 2011 ASCE SEI Structures Congress, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Schreyer, A., Hoque, S. 2009. “Interactive 3D Visualization of Building Envelope Systems Using Infrared Thermography and SketchUp. Presentation and paper, Inframation 2009, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Clouston, P., Schreyer, A. 2006. “Wood-Concrete Composites: A Structurally Efficient Material Option“. Paper, Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCE), Civil Engineering Practice

Clouston, P., Bathon, L.A., Schreyer, A. 2005. “Shear and Bending Performance of a novel Wood Concrete Composite System“. Paper, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Journal of Structural Engineering, 131 (9), pp. 1404-1412

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Updated: April 2, 2014