Public Lecture: Computational co-design for resource efficient building structures

20 January 2023, 12:00 pm–1:45 pm


Join Professor Jan Knippers to explore how computational co-design may help exploit the full potential of digitalization in architecture, structural engineering and construction. This event is led and will be chaired by Professor Wendel Sebastian of the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, and has been organised in collaboration with Pradeep Devadass of the Bartlett School of Architecture and Matchy Ma of the Robotics Institute.

This event is free.

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Prof Wendel Sebastian | Mr Pradeep Devadass | Mr Matchy Ma


Lecture Theatre
UCL at Here East
8-9 East Bay Lane, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
E15 2GW
United Kingdom

Co-design is an integrative approach aiming to go beyond disciplinary boundaries, employing a digital framework and aiming to exploit the full potential of digitalization in architecture, structural engineering and construction. It seeks to examine multiple research areas in reciprocal feedback, to foster fundamental innovation in the construction sectorThe design research and demonstrator projects presented in the lecture focus on our work on wide spanning timber systems and bio-based fibre composite structures for a future proof architecture.

About the Speaker

Professor Jan Knippers

Director of the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design at the University of Stuttgart

Professor Jan Knippers took his first degree and doctorate both in civil engineering at the Technical University of Berlin. His practice, research and teaching focus on structural analysis, design and engineering methods to develop lightweight architectural morphologies, using materials like wood and fibre-composites to produce novel bridge, building and exhibition structures. At the University of Stuttgart he is director of the Institute of Building Structures and Structural design (ITKE), and is deputy director of the Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture cluster of excellence. He co-founded Helbig Advanced Engineering Stuttgart, with offices in New York and Berlin. For the German Research Foundation (DFG) he was a member of the Architecture and Construction Review Board, and has been spokesperson for the DFG Collaborative Research Centre on Biological Design and Integrative Structures. He has collaborated on numerous exhibition structures worldwide, including the Elytra Filament Pavilion at the Virginia and Albert Museum in London.


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