Powell Draper

PhD Principal

"We're nowhere close to the limits of our technical capabilities. With innovation, creativity, collaboration, technology, and passions, we will continue to push 'the limit' to find solutions to the challenges of building better and taller structures."

"We're nowhere close to the limits of our technical capabilities. With innovation, creativity, collaboration, technology, and passions, we will continue to push 'the limit' to find solutions to the challenges of building better and taller structures."

Areas of Focus
  • Bridge Design
  • Construction Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Special Projects - Sculptures
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation

With over 20 years of engineering experience, Powell is known for his design of buildings, bridges, shell concrete structures, sculptures, and other special projects, as well as his success in project management. Powell enjoys working on complicated structures, new buildings, the restoration of existing buildings, and working with collaborators of all backgrounds.

Powell has successfully delivered projects in the US and abroad, including in New York, Washington, Boston, Barcelona, and Hong Kong. Notable projects include the new gridshell skylights of Moynihan Station in New York, the footbridge at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the Schwartz Pavilion at the Harvard Business School, the restoration of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and a number of experimental sculptures and structures.

Additionally, Powell is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and has served in the same capacity in civil engineering at Princeton University. He has held academic positions for the past 13 years.