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About Alexander C. Schreyer

Alex Schreyer is a Senior Lecturer II and Director of 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 3D CAD (Computer-Aided Design), building materials and construction methods, wood properties, 3D printing, 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 and CLT) structural systems. This is complemented by an extensive background 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 digital approaches in design and fabrication, structural optimization, as well as interactive web-based solutions.

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.


Present Director, Building and Construction Technology Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst Environmental Conservation

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Honors and Awards

  • College of Natural Sciences Service/Outreach Award
  • Weyerhaeuser Fellowship in Wood Design


  • Adventures in 3D Printing
  • Studies in Building Information Modeling (ECO 620)
  • Designing with 3D CAD & BIM (BCT 420)
  • Tectonics 3 (ARCH 653)
  • Wood Properties (BCT 304)
  • Construction Materials and Methods (BCT204)


1999 - 2002 M.A.Sc., University of British Columbia ‐ Wood Science
1993 - 1998 Dipl.-Ing., Fachhochschule Wiesbaden ‐ Civil Engineering

Contact Information

551 N. Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01003