Phil Ayres is an architect, researcher and educator based at CITA, KADK, Denmark. His research focuses on the design and production of novel bio-hybrid architectural systems that couple technical & living complexes, together with the development of complimentary design environments. Phil has pursued this research in the context of two EU funded Future and Emerging Technology (FET) projects – flora robotica and Fungal Architectures – acting as a Principle Investigator on both.
Pim Buskermolen MSc is a Lecturer at the Chair of Structural Design & Mechanics of the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft. His expertise involves structural mechanics, stress functions, graphic statics, reciprocal figures and sustainable structural design. Pim holds an MSc degree in Building Technology from the TU Delft where he specialised in the structural behaviour of shell structures by combining Airy’s stress function with graphic statics.
Rebeca Duque Estrada
ICD - University of Stuttgart
Rebeca Duque Estrada is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart. With a deep interest in new materialities, robotic fabrication and computational design, Rebeca has been focusing her research on new approaches for fibre composite materials and robotic fabrication to create super lightweight structures. She holds a Master of Arts in Open Design from the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Universidad de Buenos Aires as well as a Master of Science from the Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH) program at the University of Stuttgart.
ICD, University of Stuttgart
Fabian Kannenberg is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, where he also received his Master of Science from the Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH) program. His current research at ICD is focused on the development of computational design methods for high performance fiber composite building systems.
Stefana Parascho is an Assistant Professor at Princeton University where she founded the CREATE Laboratory Princeton. Her work focuses on multi-robotic fabrication methods and their relationship to architectural design, and is aimed at strengthening the connection between design, structure, and fabrication, and boosting the interdisciplinary nature of architecture.
Jonas Schikore is a structural engineer working as research assistant at the Technical University of Munich, Department of Architecture. His teaching activities reach from basic structural design to experimental structures and parametric design. His research focus lies on elastic grid mechanisms, which are also the scope of his doctoral thesis in progress. He uses parametric structural modelling and simulation tools to evaluate the spatial kinetic behaviour of grids. As independent engineer, his projects include both conventional and special building structures such as membrane and elastic grid structures. He has worked at LEICHT s.e.a.s.c. in collaboration with ARUP and TAYO and collaborated with BARTHEL&MAUS.
Chris Williams is a professor at Chalmers University of Technology. His research hinges on the relationship between geometry and structural action, which has led to collaboration on projects such as the British Museum Great Court Roof, Savill Building, Gardens by the Bay glasshouses, and Netherlands Maritime Museum
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Alessandro is an Associate Director and Structural Engineer with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, in San Francisco. As a Structural Engineer, Alessandro works in collaboration with Architects to develop innovative structural design for a variety of projects. Alessandro is also responsible for conducting research in the field of optimal structural topologies and emerging structural technologies.
Jorge Christie is a Chilean Architect, MAS ETHZ in Architecture and Digital Fabrication, MSc. ITECH from University of Stuttgart and PhD. candidate at the ITKE Institute at the same institution. His main research focus is on integrated design-to-manufacturing workflows for optimized lightweight composite structures. Currently, he develops a workflow for the production of freeform timber strand composites for high-performance building components.
University of Tennessee
Maged Guerguis is an Assistant Professor of Design and Structural Technology at The University of Tennessee. Maged is the director of Soft Boundaries, a multidisciplinary laboratory investigating the intersections of architecture, engineering, and science. His current research focuses on the development of high-performance integrated construction systems using large-scale additive manufacturing, robotic fabrication, novel materials, and advanced computational design methods. Prior to joining UT, Maged was a senior designer at SOM in Chicago. While at SOM, he led the design of AMIE 1.0, the world’s largest 3D-printed polymer structure, an interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with the UT Governor’s Chair and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
Marina is a researcher of structural design, form-finding, and architectural geometry. She has a background in mathematics, computational design, and civil engineering and holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, on geometry-based structural analysis and design. Currently she is working at the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster + Partner
Mark Pauly is a professor of computer science at EPFL, where he directs the Geometric Computing Laboratory (GCM). He previously held academic positions at ETH Zurich and at Stanford University.
His research explores the interface of several scientific disciplines, such as mathematics, computer science, mechanical engineering, and architecture to facilitate innovative computational design solutions for digital fabrication. He has co-founded two EPFL spinoff companies, Faceshift AG in 2012 and Rayform AG in 2016.
Alexander Sehlström is a doctoral student at Chalmers University of Technology and work as a practicing structural engineer at WSP. His research concerns the analysis of prestressed shellsand ways to represent the interplay between geometry and forces.
Jan Brütting is a civil engineer and post-doctoral researcher at the Structural Xploration Lab of EPFL Lausanne. At EPFL he also obtained a PhD in civil and environmental engineering in 2020. His dissertation presents computational methods to design structures made of reused components to reduce environmental impacts. During his studies, Jan gained experience in structural optimization, form finding, and digital fabrication and he realized multiple pavilion structures.
Yu-Chou Chiang is a PhD candidate at the Chair of Structural Design & Mechanics of Delft University of Technology, who investigates the interrelation between structural design, funicular form-finding, and digital fabrication. Having an engineering background, he worked as an educator and a researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, and as a structural engineer in several firms. In 2017, he started the PhD research on membrane shells and reconfigurable mechanisms, aiming to make the design and fabrication of elegant forms more efficient.
David Jourdan is a PhD student working at Inria Sophia-Antipolis in Nice, advised by Adrien Bousseau and Melina Skouras who will defend his thesis by the end of this year.
His work focuses in the computational design and fabrication of self-actuated structures, he is broadly interested in computer graphics, geometry processing and simulation and especially in exploiting the links between geometry and physics to create computational design algorithms.
T/E/S/S & Ecole des Ponts
Nicolas Leduc is an engineer and architect. He has worked for 15 years in engineering design offices (RFR and TESS) as a specialist of non-standard skins and structures. He teaches as associate professor at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais and is also PhD student at the Laboratoire Navier (Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech).
Dr. Elissa Ross is a mathematician and a partner at MESH Consultants, a Toronto-based geometry consulting firm offering support to the architecture, engineering, construction and industrial manufacturing industries. Her research interests include geometric machine learning, algorithms for architecturally sensitive mesh operations, and other topics in shape modelling and discrete geometry. She is also the CEO of Metafold, a 3D printing technology company specializing in printing geometrically complex lattices and metamaterials in large build volumes.
Xavier Tellier is a structural engineer and researcher. He is currently in charge of R&D at Urban Canopee and postdoctoral researcher at Laboratoire Navier (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech/Université Gustave Eiffel/CNRS).
During his PhD at Ecole des Ponts, he developed computational methods to design curved structures accounting for fabrication constraints and structural efficiency.