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Thomas Boothby



  • Architectural Engineering
  • Larson Transportation Institute

203 Engineering Unit A


Research Areas:

Building Structural Systems




  • BA, Architecture, Washington University, 1981
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Washington University, 1982
  • Ph D, Civil Engineering, University of Washington, 1991



  • Thomas E Boothby, 2018, Empirical Structural Design for Architects, Engineers, and Builders, ICE Publishing, London, United Kingdom, pp. 192
  • Thomas E Boothby, 2015, Engineering Iron and Stone, ASCE Press, Alexandria VA, USA, pp. 257

Journal Articles

  • Jinhoo Kim, Charles E Bakis, Jaeha Lii and Thomas E Boothby, 2021, "Durability Assessment of FRP-Concrete Bond After Sustained Loading of up to 13 Years", Composites Part B: Engineering, 224
  • Javier Suarez Medina, Thomas E Boothby and Jose Gonzalez, 2021, "Graphical methodology for structural analysis of historical constructions by combined use of funicular and projective geometry", Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 148, (1), pp. 28
  • Thomas E Boothby, 2021, "Practice Point: Analysis of Masonry Arches", APT Bulletin, 52, (2-3), pp. 9
  • Thomas E Boothby, 2021, "A US Perspective on Masonry Bridge Assessment and Conservation", Materiali e Strutture, IX, (18), pp. 15
  • Donatella Fiorani and Thomas E Boothby, 2021, "Openings in masonry walls in Early Christian and medieval Roman churches: technical, architectural, and construction issues", Construction History, 36, (1), pp. 24
  • Esra Yazgan and Thomas E Boothby, 2020, "Describing the historical and technical context of mill buildings in late 19th century: A case study of Whiting Foundry Equipment Company Complex in Harvey, Ill", Construction History, 35, (2), pp. 25[42
  • Javier Suarez Medina, Thomas E Boothby and Jose Gonzalez, 2020, "Construction and structural analysis of a Baroque dome in Spain: the encamonada dome", Journal of Cultural Heritage, 44, pp. 229-238
  • Grigor Angjeliu, Dario Coronelli, Giuliana Cardani and Thomas E Boothby, 2020, "Structural assessment of iron tie rods based on numerical modeling and experimental observations in Milan Cathedral", Engineering Structures, 206, pp. 19
  • Thomas E Boothby, 2018, "Notes on the Design, Construction, and Sales Practices of the Berlin Iron Bridge Company", APT Bulletin, 49, (1), pp. 5-12
  • Thomas E Boothby and Sharyn Clough, 2017, "Empiricist and Rationalist Methods of Concrete Design", APT Bulletin, XLVII, (1), pp. 5-13
  • Stevan A Walton and Thomas E Boothby, 2014, "'What is Straight Cannot Fall' Gothic Architecture, Scholasticism, and Dynamics", History of Science, 52, (4), pp. 347-376
  • Nicole Trujillo, Thomas E Boothby and Erik Valentino, 2013, "Non-destructive evaluation of brick masonry using air-coupled impact-echo analysis", APT Bulletin, 44, (2-3), pp. 35-42
  • Thomas E Boothby, M. Kevin Parfitt and Mark Ketchum, 2012, "Milo S. Ketchum and Thin Shell Concrete Structures in Colorado", APT Bulletin, 43, (1), pp. 39-46
  • Thomas E Boothby, 2011, "Analysis and Management of Lenticular-Truss Bridges", APT Bulletin, 42, (1), pp. 19-27
  • S. Atamturktur and Thomas E Boothby, 2010, "Stochastic Bayesian calibration of finite element models of masonry vaults", The Masonry Society Journal, 28, (2), pp. 77-93
  • S. Atamturktur, P. Fanning and Thomas E Boothby, 2010, "Traditional and Operational modal Analysis of Masonry Vaults", Engineering and Computational Mechanics, 163, (3), pp. 213-223
  • S. Atamturktur and Thomas E Boothby, 2007, "The development of finite element models and the horizontal thrust of Guastavino domes", APT Bulletin, 38, (4), pp. 21-28
  • C. E. Bakis, Thomas E Boothby and J. Jia, 2007, "Bond Durability of GFRP Bars Embedded in Concrete Beams", Journal of Composites for Construction, 11, (3), pp. 269-278
  • E. Erdogmus, Thomas E Boothby and E. B. Smith, 2007, "Structural Appraisal of the Florentine Gothic Construction System", Journal of Architectural Engineering, 13, (1), pp. 9-17
  • Thomas E Boothby, Y. Yurianto and E. Erdogmus, 2005, "Experimental Replication of Masonry Arch Spandrel Wall Collapse", The Masonry Society Journal, 23, (1), pp. 37-46
  • P. J. Fanning, L. Szobak, Thomas E Boothby and V. Salamoni, 2005, "Load testing and model simulations for a stone arch bridge", Bridge Structures, 1, (4), pp. 367-378
  • Thomas E Boothby, M. K. Parfitt and C. K. Roise, 2005, "Case Studies in Diagnosis and Repair of Historic Thin-shell Concrete Structures", Association for Preservation Technology Bulletin, 36, (2-3), pp. 3-12
  • J. Jia, Thomas E Boothby, C. B. Bakis and T. L. Brown, 2005, "Durability Evaluation of GFRP-Concrete Bonded Interfaces", Journal of Composites for Construction, 9, (4), pp. 348-359
  • Thomas E Boothby, 2005, "Designing American Lenticular Truss Bridges 1878-1900", Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology, 30, (1)
  • E. Erdogmus and Thomas E Boothby, 2004, "Strength of Spandrel Walls in Masonry Arch Bridges", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. No. 1892, pp. 47-55
  • Thomas E Boothby and R. M. Marra, 2003, "The Bowers Program: Effects of Cross-Disciplinary Design Activities on Architectural Engineering Student Performance", ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering
  • Paul J. Fanning and Thomas E Boothby, 2003, "Experiment-based Assessment of Masonry Arch Bridges", Bridge Engineering, 156, (3), pp. 109-116

Conference Proceedings

  • Thomas E Boothby, Annalisa Crannell and Nathan Brown, 2021, "Saving Appearances: Treatment of Anomalies in the Projective Geometry-Graphic Statics Analogy", pp. 12
  • Yamile Rodriguez, Giuliana Cardani, Dario Coronelli and Thomas E Boothby, 2018, "Proportions in Early Christian and Early Medieval Church Structures", Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Lombardia, Italy, pp. 12
  • Yamile Rodriguez, Thomas E Boothby and Donatella Fiorani, 2018, "Proportional Design of Lombard Buttresses", Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Lombardia, Italy, pp. 12
  • Thomas E Boothby, A. Taliercio, P. Condoleo, A. Anzani and L. Binda, 2008, "Developing masonry vault models for global assessment", Proc. Int. RILEM Conf. "On Site Assessment of Concrete, Masonry and Timber Structures" (SACoMaTiS 08), 1, pp. 551-560
  • Thomas E Boothby and S. Atamturktur, 2007, "A Guide For Finite Element Analyses Of Historic Load-Bearing Masonry Structures", 10th North American Masonry Conference, The Masonry Society
  • S. Atamturktur, Thomas E Boothby and P. J. Fanning, 2007, "Traditional And Operational Modal Testing Of The Washington National Cathedral", Proceedings of IOMAC 2007, pp. 8
  • Thomas E Boothby, S. Atamturktur, J. Ochsendorf, A. Tallon and S. Murray, 2007, "Structural Modeling Of The Vaults Of St. Julien In Couleuvre, France", Proceedings of IOMAC 2007, pp. 8
  • E. Erdogmus, Thomas E Boothby and E. B. Smith, 2003, "Documentation of a Medieval Structure: Santa Maria Novella", 9th North American Masonry Conference
  • E. Erdogmus and Thomas E Boothby, 2003, "Analysis of Masonry Arch Bridge Spandrel Walls: Loading and Strength", 9th North American Masonry Conference


  • Thomas E Boothby, 2020, "Structural design as a determinant of proportions in early Christian and medieval architecture", pp. 12
  • Thomas E Boothby and P. J. Fanning, 2004, "Load-rating of masonry arch bridges--Refinements", Journal of Bridge Engineering, 9, (3), pp. 304-307

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • George Winter Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, April 2019
  • History and Heritage Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, October 2018


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