Traian Popp


Short Biography


  • Graduate of Sfântul Sava National College and, in 1956, of the Bucharest Construction Institute
  • Between 1956 and 1959 he worked at the Bucharest Design Institute and then, until 1993, at the Carpați Design Institute
  • In 1984 he obtained the scientific title of Doctor of Engineering defending the thesis “Curved cell structures”
  • Since 1994 he has been a partner of Acad. Prof. Panaite Mazilu setting up the design company Aedificia MP
  • Established the Popp & Asociații design bureau alongside Dragoș Marcu and Mădălin Coman in 2002


  • The Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences
  • The International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures
  • The Romanian Association of Structural Design Engineers
  • National committees for awarding chartered engineer status to seeking professionals
  • The evaluation and / or endorsement teams of MRDPA and of the Historical Monuments Commission

Prof. Dr. Eng. Traian Popp was born on January 22, 1933 in Bucharest. After graduating from Sfântul Sava National College, he attended the courses of the Bucharest Construction Institute in an extremely hectic period, marked by deep reorganizations of the education system. Traian Popp graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering in 1956, after which, for 3 years, he worked at the Bucharest Design Institute.

Between 1959 and until 1993 Mr. Traian Popp worked at the Carpathian Design Institute, where he formally completed his professional career. Subsequently, starting with 1994, he became a co-associate of the Aedificia MP design office together with Mr. Acad. Prof. Dr. Panaite Mazilu.

For over 60 years of activity, Traian Popp has dedicated himself not only to the design activity, but also to the didactic-scientific one. Thus, he shared his experience at the “Ion Mincu” Institute of Architecture, where he taught between 1962 and 1996 courses in Structural Theory. In 1984, he obtained the scientific title of Doctor of Engineering with the thesis “Curved Cell Structures”.

During his engineering activity, Mr. Traian Popp was part of an impressive number of projects, often for important objectives such as the Parliament Palace, the Palace Hall, the National Theater in Bucharest or the Romanian Television. At the same time, Mr. Traian Popp also developed projects outside Romania, namely the design of the Porto-Caras resort in Greece, the Hippodrome in Abu-Dhabi or the Intercontinental Hotel in Athens.

His long activity places him as one of the most representative Romanian design engineers, his contribution materializing both through the bold, innovative technical solutions proposed and implemented, and through the role of mentor, model and source of inspiration for generations of young engineers who developed under his guidance.

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Traian Popp

Traian Popp has developed directly or within the design teams an impressive number of projects, for some of the most important objectives in Romania:

  • The Parliament’s Palace (alongside Alexandru Cișmigiu and Mircea Mironescu)
  • Palace Hall
  • “Ion Luca Caragiale” Bucharest National Theatre
  • Romanian National Television Building
  • Charles de Gaulle Plaza

Buildings designed abroad:

  • Alger University
  • Porto Caras – Halkidiki 2000 beds hotel complex
  • Athens Intercontinental Hotel
  • Crete Intercontinental Hotel
  • Romanian Embassy in West Germany (Bonn)
  • Abu-Dhabi Equestrian Club
Novel solutions
  • calculation to the action of the wind, foundations in sulfurous earths (Macul Roșu block, annexes to the Bucharest Opera, the new lighthouse in Constanța)
  • orthotropic plates, two-way effort calculation
  • prestressed concrete slabs, plastic behavior, dynamic tests and time verification (Chibrit cinema, Bucharest)
  • floating foundations on a layer of hard clay, caissons, the effect of temperature on the consoles, technical improvements of the prestressing (Coşbuc, Floreasca, Melodia, Basarab cinemas in Bucharest)
  • calculation of prestressed elements in three directions, prefabrication solutions, optimal section and optimal prestressing, macroscopic terrain (Flamura cinema)
  • simple beams, prefabrication solutions, pretension migration (Luceafărul Cinema)
  • the solution with “V” pillars, special kinematic solution in the sense that the resultant of the seismic action is taken over by a triangulation, in such a way that the bending moments from the ground floor are very small (Unic block, Bălcescu Blvd., Bucharest)
  • lattice beams with fire protection problems; dynamic analysis; stairwells; caissons; orthotropic floors; computer programs for floors, beams; variable rigidity; frame twist absorption; the static and dynamic action of the wind on the television tower, torsion, antenna resonance, wind tunnel test, conical consoles (Studio-Amzei block, Baby block, Toporași tower block in Bucharest, 130 apartments in Galați; Romanian Television building);
  • foundations with deformation equalization, calculation of the center of rigidity and of the torsion effect; conical orthotropic portal (Teatrul Național „Ion Luca Caragiale” din București);
  • linear and nonlinear calculation for earthquakes and wind gusts for shear elements (beach hotels in Neptun resort, 15-20 floors)
  • elastic structure, seismic energy absorption through ductile frames and honeycomb system at current level (Belvedere complex from Neptun – Olimp)
  • structure with cellular floors and prefabricated elements, behavior in dynamic actions (“Ștefan Gheorghiu” Academy building in Bucharest – currently Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology of the “Politehnica” University of Bucharest)
Expertize tehnice
  • cellular structures (seven regional hospitals in Romania)
  • dome with tensioned arches (Sala Palatului)
  • structure with prestressed corrugated cylindrical roof (Popești-Leordeni Airport – hangar with an opening of 62.5 m and a height of 12 m)
  • surfaces with seats (Weaving in Iași)
  • helical beams with variable section (Hotel Nord)
  • analysis of the dynamic response on simulated accelerograms, ductile frames, mixed structures (University of Algiers; hotel complex of 2,000 seats in the resort of Porto-Caras in Halkidiki, Greece)
  • theoretical and experimental analysis of the energy dissipation capacity of the structure (structure of the Intercontinental Hotel in Athens, 80m high, with large prefabricated panels type Larsen-Nielsen)
  • structure with retreats (structure of the Intercontinental Hotel complex in Crete)
  • energy dissipators (Abu-Dhabi Racecourse; Romanian Embassy in Bonn; resistance structure of the Parliament Palace – designed in collaboration with prof. Alexandru Cișmigiu and eng. Mircea Mironescu)
  • the resistance structure formed by three reinforced concrete cores arranged at 120 degrees (the planar shape of the building being circular), metal frames on radial and circular direction; the frames of the frames are missing on the ground floor; the areas between the cores are suspended by means of metal tie rods; the load of the tie rods is taken over by a metallic roof space structure, anchored in concrete cores; floors made of metal beams and reinforced concrete slab 15 cm thick, on the side area between the tubes, respectively in the form of a 30 cm thick reinforced concrete slab on the central area; 14m diameter circular plate, which rests on the contour, partly on the inner walls of the cores and partly on 35x75cm reinforced concrete beams, arranged circularly, between tubes (office building – Porsche Administrative Headquarters[4]: D+P+7E);
  • execution in top-down system, excavation depth 16.20m, height above ground 70m (office buildingCharles de Gaulle Plaza 5S+P+17E, București)