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Paul Dannels

Principal, SDI Structures

In his role as principal at SDI Structures, Paul conceives innovative structural solutions for buildings on behalf of both aspiring and accomplished architects. His many clients value his ability to quickly grasp complex architectural intentions and effectively render them in structural form. His designs have earned three IDEAS2 Awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction, the industry's highest engineering honor for buildings constructed with steel. his projects have received numerous other national and regional recognitions and have been published widely. Paul is the 2013 Vice President/President Elect of AIA Michigan, and has served the organizations in numerous capacities. He is an adjunct faculty member at Lawrence Technological University where he teaches engineering principals in the College of Architecture and Design. Paul grew up in western New York, where as a teenager grand buildings like the Buffalo City Hall and Buffalo State Hospital captured his imagination. He studied engineering and architecture at the University of Michigan, and worked as a construction engineer in remote northern Michigan before forming SDI-Structures.