Speakers


Andrew John Wit

Andrew John Wit is the Assistant Professor of Digital Practice within Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. Additionally he is a co-founder of WITO*, “Laboratory for Intelligent Environments”, where he creates projects that fringe design, technology and robotics. Prior to his current appointment, Professor Wit taught courses and led workshops in architecture, urbanism, and robotics in both in the U.S. and in Japan. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and his Masters in Architecture from M.I.T., where he also researched in the Media Lab’s “Smart Cities Lab”.

Aleksandra Anna Apolinarska

Aleksandra Anna Apolinarska is an architect and a PhD researcher at Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, specialising in design and planning of geometrically complex architectural projects. After graduating from the Poznan University of Technology and the University of Stuttgart, she worked for various architecture offices across Europe, including designtoproduction and Foster+Partners, where she was involved in a number of challenging projects, such as Apple Campus 2, Kuwait Airport, and NBK Tower in Kuwait. In 2013 she joined ETH Zurich, and later Arch-Tec-Lab AG, to lead the development of the “Sequential Roof” project in the post-tender and execution phase.

Asbjørn Søndergaard

Asbjørn Søndergaard is an architectural researcher and technology entrepreneur working in the field of digital fabrication in its relation to architectural design. He is Chief Development Officer and co-founding partner of Odico Formwork Robotics, an advanced technology enterprise focussed on industrial scale development and application of architectural robotics. He is also a Ph.D. research fellow at Aarhus School of Architecture, and his ongoing doctoral research focusses on the coupling of structural optimisation with digital manufacturing. His work centres on the development of new manufacturing interfaces for the realisation of topology optimised architectural structures, explored through the fabrication of full-scale prototypes.

Chengcheng Tang

Chengcheng Tang received his PhD in Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2015, under the supervision of Professor Helmut Pottmann, after obtaining a corresponding master’s degree in 2011. Before joining KAUST, he received his bachelor’s degree in Materials Physics from Jilin University in 2009. Chengcheng is interested in applied geometry and computational design. He has published in venues like SIGGRAPH, ACM TOG, and AAG. He will join Stanford University as a postdoctoral scholar with Professor Leonidas Guibas in summer 2016.

Christopher Robeller

Christopher Robeller is an architect and postdoctoral researcher at the Timber Construction Laboratory IBOIS at EPFL Lausanne. Christopher received his architecture diploma with distinction from London Metropolitan University in 2008 and worked at ICD Stuttgart from 2008-2010, where he developed integral timber plate joints for the award-winning ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2010. Since 2011 he is working at IBOIS and received a doctoral degree from EPFL in 2015 for his thesis entitled Integral Mechanical Attachment for Timber Folded Plate Structures. His research was published in journals and conferences such as Bauingenieur, ACADIA, RobArch and AAG, where he received the Best Paper Award 2014.

Elissa Ross

Elissa Ross is a Senior Associate at MESH Consultants Inc. She holds a PhD in mathematics from York University (Toronto) where her research focussed on the rigidity and flexibility of periodic (repetitive) structures. She has additional expertise in computational geometry, graph theory, and tilings/patterns, and a long history of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. At MESH Consultants Inc., Elissa conducts research in architectural geometry, adds to the breadth of the geometry consulting services, and develops inhouse tools for 3D geometry applications.

Etienne Bouleau

Etienne Bouleau has degrees both in civil and geotechnics engineering. After graduation, Etienne Bouleau started his career at RFR office in Paris to work on lightweight and glazed structures, where he worked mainly on the Louis Vuitton’s Foundation project. Etienne joined the INGENI SA team in 2010 and focusses on research and development to design vanguard structures such as the Jet d’Eau footbridge in Geneva.

Gernot Riether

Gernot Riether is an Associate Professor at the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), USA. In his Digital Design Build Studio he and his students develop and test new digital design and fabrication methods. Previous projects from this studio include the AIA Pavilion in New Orleans, the Nuit Blanche Pavilion in Paris, the MAINX24 Pavilion in Chattanooga, and Urban Blanket in Atlanta. Riether’s research has been exhibited internationally and is featured in prominent publications such as Architectural Record and DETAIL. Riether’s studio has been funded by the AIA, the Austrian government, non-profit organisations, the industry, and universities.

Johannes Wallner

Johannes Wallner is Professor of Geometry at Graz University of Technology since 2007. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from TU Wien under the supervision of Helmut Pottmann. His research interests are in applied geometry, in particular discrete differential geometry and also nonlinear refinement processes. In the last decade he has been interested in the relationship between geometry as a mathematical discipline, on the one hand, and freeform architecture, on the other hand. He has co-authored and edited three books and about 100 articles.

John Harding

John Harding has studied and practiced as both an architect and engineer. He recently received his doctorate from The University of Bath in computational design, focussing on genetic programming for early-stage design exploration. His current research interests lie in structural form-finding, evolutionary computing, and machine-learning applications for design. He previously led the Ramboll Computational Design team in London before recently becoming Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of The West of England (UWE), UK.

Josef Musil

Josef Musil is an associate at Foster + Partners in London, as part of the research Specialist Modelling Group and focusses on applied research, application of new technologies, and algorithmic design to complex architectural and geometrical challenges. He also specialises on the application of small robotics within the office. Josef studied as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his MArch degree, and at the Czech Technical University. Josef is enthusiastic about bridging computer science or other sciences with architecture. Josef worked as a researcher or a tutor at UPenn, USC, UCL, and AA Visiting School.

Kasper Hornbak Steenstrup

Kasper Hornbak Steenstrup is a PhD student at the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Technical University of Denmark. He received his Cand. Scient. degree (MSc) in computer science from the University of Copenhagen in 2013. His research focus is on geometry processing and numerical optimisation where he has public several paper adding architectural design.

Lluis Enrique Monzo

Lluis Enrique Monzo received a Diploma in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2008 and a Master of Architecture from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London in 2011. His Master’s thesis, entitled “Cast on Cast System: Architectural Freeform Shapes from Precast Stackable Components”, was awarded prizes by the Holcim Foundation in Sustainable Construction in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, he received a grant to do doctoral studies from the La Caixa Foundation. Currently, he is finishing his PhD at the Chair of Structural Design lead by Professor Joseph Schwartz in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich.

Martin Self

Martin Self is Director of Hooke Park and Programme Co-Director of the March Design + Make programme based at Hooke Park, the Architectural Association’s Woodland Campus. Holding degrees in aerospace engineering and architecture theory, he worked as a consultant engineer at Ove Arup & Partners between 1996 and 2007, where he was a founding member of its Advanced Geometry Group. Projects at AGU included collaborations with architects including Alvaro Siza, OMA, UN-Studio, and Shigeru Ban, and artists Anish Kapoor and Chris Ofili. He has taught students in realising design-build projects at the Architectural Association since 2005.

Matthias Rippmann

Matthias Rippmann has been a member of the Block Research Group (BRG) at ETH Zurich since 2010, where he received his doctorate. In 2015, he joined the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication at ETH as a postdoctoral fellow. He conducts research in the field of structurally informed design and digital fabrication and is lead developer of the form-finding software RhinoVAULT. He studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Melbourne. He worked in Stuttgart at Behnisch Architekten, LAVA, the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, and Werner Sobek Engineers. In 2010, he co-founded the architecture and consultancy firm Rippmann Oesterle Knauss GmbH (ROK).

Paul Nicholas

Paul Nicholas holds a PhD in Architecture from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Having previously practiced with Arup Consulting Engineers from 2005 and AECOM/Edaw from 2009, Paul joined the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2011. Paul’s particular interest is the development of innovative computational approaches that establish new bridges between design, structure, and materiality. His recent research explores sensor-enabled robotic fabrication, multi-scale modelling, and the idea that designed materials such as composites necessitate new relationships between material, representation, simulation and production.

Riccardo La Magna

Riccardo La Magna is a structural engineer and PhD candidate at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) of the University of Stuttgart. In his research he focusses on simulation technology, innovative structural systems, and new materials for building applications.

Roberto Narváez-Rodríguez

Roberto Narváez-Rodríguez holds degrees in both Architecture and Building Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering. He has worked as a senior lecturer and a researcher at the University of Seville (Spain) since 1999. He lectures in both undergraduate and graduate courses and has been recognised with various awards on Excellence in Teaching and Architecture. He has published several articles, given workshops, lectures and presented papers in several cities. His main research interest lies in the integration of architectural geometry and digital technologies at the earliest stage of the undergraduate training period.

Romain Mesnil

Romain Mesnil is a structural engineer with master’s degrees from MIT and l’Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées. He is currently a PhD candidate funded by Bouygues Construction at l’Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. His research goal is to provide intuitive methods for geometrical and structural rationalisation of free-form architecture.

Romana Rust

Romana Rust studied architecture at TU Graz, Austria. With the diploma thesis “Integration of Digital and Physical Design Methods”, which was awarded at both the GAD Awards 2012 and archdiplomaˇ13, she completed her architectural studies in 2012 with distinction. Together with Kathrin Dörfler, she founded the architecture collective dorfundrust. Since 2013, she is a PhD researcher at Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich focussing on adaptive fabrication techniques and their integration with computational design frameworks that place materiality as an a priori agent in the formulation of architectural building elements.

Shen-Guan Shih

Shen-Guan Shih is a Professor at Department of Architecture, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, since 1994. He is interested in interdisciplinary research combining information science, architecture, and more. In recent years, he has participated in developing building-code checking systems for the Taipei city government. He also does research and teaching regarding generative modeling for building design.

Simon Bechert

Simon Bechert is a structural engineer and Research Associate at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart. His main research focusses on lightweight timber constructions and the structural design of integral timber joints.

 
 

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