Alexander SchreyerAlexander Schreyer

Senior Lecturer II

Program Director – Building and Construction Technology
Adjunct Faculty Department of Architecture
Chair – ECO IT Committee, Design Building IT Committee

Author – John Wiley & Sons

Building and Construction Technology

Office: 318 Design Building
Phone: +1 (413) 545-1976
Websites: 3D Warehouse – Amazon – Facebook – Flickr – Google+ – GitHub – Instagram – LinkedIn – Research Gate – SelectedWorks – Sketchfab – Thingiverse – Twitter – Vimeo – YouTube – Websitesketchupfordesign Website


Calendar / Office Hours: My Calendar

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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 courses 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.

Combining backgrounds in structural engineering, wood science and digital design, Mr. Schreyer’s interests span the entire range of planning, design, and execution 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 technology applications and web-based solutions in structural engineering, construction and architecture.

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.

Mr. Schreyer is the author of “Architectural Design with SketchUp”, which provides a beginner- to intermediate-level overview of various techniques to “do more” with the popular 3D modeling application Trimble SketchUp. He is also co-author on the widely-used reference and textbook “Fundamentals of Residential Construction”, which provides a complete overview of the materials and methods used in single- and multi-family residential construction. Both books are published by John Wiley & Sons.

Current Projects

  • 3D CAD and BIM applications in architecture and construction
  • Digital fabrication, 3D printing
  • Wood-concrete composite structural systems
  • Fasteners and connection systems for wood structures
  • Structural upgrading of historic buildings
  • Structural optimization
  • Web applications for research and teaching

Courses Taught

BCT 204 – Construction Materials & Methods (3 cr., Spring)

BCT 304 – Properties of Wood (3 cr., Fall)

BCT 320 – Introduction to CAD in Construction and Architecture (3 cr., Fall/Spring – TA taught)

HONORS 391A – Adventures in 3D Printing (1 cr., occasionally)

BCT 420 – Designing with 3D CAD & BIM (3 cr., Spring)

BCT 492A – Jobs and Professional Life in BCT (1 cr., Spring)

ECO 620 – Studies in Building Information Modeling (3 cr., Spring)

ARCH-DES 653 – Tectonics 3 (3 cr., Fall)


Allen, E., Thallon, R., Schreyer, A. 2017. “Fundamentals of Residential Construction“. 4th Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ

Schreyer, A. 2016. “SketchUp – Applicazioni per architettura e design” (in Italian). Tecniche Nuove,  Milano, Italia

Schreyer, A. 2015. “Architectural Design with SketchUp: 3D Modeling, Extensions, BIM, Rendering, Making, and Scripting“. 2nd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ

Selected Recent Publications

Khoshbakht, N., Clouston, P.L., Arwade, S.R., Schreyer, A.C.. (in press) “Evaluation of ASTM D5764 Dowel Connection Tests for Laminated Veneer Bamboo (LVB)“. ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation.

Khoshbakht, N., Clouston, P.L., Arwade, S.R., Schreyer, A.C.. (2018) “Computational Modeling of Laminated Veneer Bamboo (LVB) Dowel Connections“. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 30 (2)

Fiocchi, C., Schreyer, A., Clouston, P.L. 2017. “A New Teacher on Campus“. Learning by Design, Fall 2017.

Clouston, P., Schreyer, A. 2016. “UMass Design Building: A Catalyst for Regional Change“. World Conference on Timber Engineering, Vienna, Austria.

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)

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

You can find a complete list here…