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1997 – 2000  Centre for Lightweight Structures, University of Bath – Bath, England
Doctor of Philosophy – thesis “Stressed Spline Structures” with Prof.M. Barnes and dr.C.J.K. Williams

1996 – 1997  Centre for Lightweight Structures, University of Bath – Bath, England
Master of Philosophy – thesis “Hybrid Tensegrity Structures”

1991 – 1995  Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath – Bath, England
B.Eng. (Hons.) Civil / Structural Engineering


02/2009 – present  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Princeton University, Princeton, USA
Assistant Professor

10/2006 – present Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Brussels, Belgium
Affiliated with Department of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions

10/2004 – 12/2008  St-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels and Ghent, Belgium
Part-time lecturer

10/2003 – 9/2006 Ney and Partners, Engineering Consultants, Brussels, Belgium
Senior Project Engineer

9/2002 – 9/2003 Jane Wernick Associates, Engineering Consultants, London, England
Project Engineer

9/2000 – 8/2002  Civil Engineering Department, University of Mauritius, Moka, Mauritius
Visiting Fellow in Structural Design and Analysis

3/1994 – 8/1994 Structwel Designers, Consulting Engineers, Mumbai, India
Structural Engineering Intern

3/93 – 8/93  Architektenwerkgroep, bOb Van Reeth Antwerp, Belgium
Architectural Engineering Intern


2016 Selected Participant Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Program

2015 Alfred Rheinstein ’11 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship, Princeton University

2015 Tsuboi Award for most outstanding paper in the Proceedings of the 2014 IASS-SLTE Symposium

2015 Faculty Fellow McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Princeton University

2015 Selected Participant National Academy of Engineering’s 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

2015 Top 25 Most Downloaded Paper ScienceDirect in Engineering, Computer-Aided Design, January-March 2015

2006 Fortis Starters Award for female entrepreneurs for project DigiShape

1996-1999 Full Ph.D. Scholarship, University of Bath, UK


Speaker, ‘In pursuit of sustainable structural forms’, Sustainable Agendas, School of Architecture, Princeton University, November 2015.

Keynote Speaker, ‘Structural form finding and optimization’, Concrete Light SPP1542 Annual Meeting, Ruhr-University, Bochum, October 2015.

Stream Speaker, ‘Compression and tension structures’, Institution of Structural Engineers International Conference 2015, Singapore, September 2015.

Invited Speaker ‘The beauty of lightweight structures’, joint seminar with K. Stockhusen from Schlaich Bergermann and Partners, São Paolo University, São Paolo, May 2015.

Invited Speaker, ‘Force-modeled structures for a future-oriented urban environment’, ENAC Structures and Materials seminar series, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, April 2015.

Invited Speaker, ‘Revisiting the force-modeled shells of Sergio Muscemi’, LaMS – Modeling and Simulation Lab scientific seminar, Roma Tre University, Rome, April 2015.

Invited Speaker ‘How a historian and a civil engineer look at the landscape and infrastructure’, Princeton Mellon Forum for Research on the Urban Environment Princeton University, March 2015.

Invited Speaker, ‘Form Finding’, IBois research seminar, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, October

Invited Speaker, ‘Dialectic Form Finding’, Utzon(X) Symposium, Aalborg University, Aalborg, August 2014.

Invited Speaker, ‘Form and elasticity’, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering research seminar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, April 2014.

Invited Speaker, ‘Elastic structural shapes’, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering research seminar, University of California, Berkeley, March 2014.

Keynote Speaker, ‘Active bending’, 4th Design Modelling Symposium Berlin, University of the Arts, Berlin, October 2013.

Invited Speaker, ‘Active bending’, VI International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures – Structural Membranes 2013, Munich, October 2013.

Keynote Speaker, ‘Computation in shells’, WG13 IASS Symposium, Wroclaw, September 2013.

Invited Speaker, ‘Finding better forms for structures’, Department of Engineering research seminar, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, March 2013.

Invited Speaker, ‘Better urban shells’, Block Research Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Zurich, March 2013.

Invited Speaker, ‘Bending active forms’, Labo Navier, Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées, Paris, March 2013.

Invited Speaker, ‘What I did next: structure and form’, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering research seminar, University of Bath, Bath, March 2013.

Invited Speaker, ‘Structural forms and forces’, School of Architecture seminar series, Biberach University of Applied Sciences, Biberach, March 2013.

Invited Speaker, ‘Shaping civil structures’, research seminar, TU Delft, Delft, March 2013.

Invited Speaker, ‘Shells: efficiency through form’, research seminar, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, March 2013.

Invited Speaker, ‘Form finding and optimisation in civil structures’, Department of Civil Engineering Research Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, November 2012.

Invited Speaker,’Ivy + Sustainability’, Princeton University, panel member, April 2011.

Invited Speaker,’Women in Science, Princeton University, colloquium, March 2011.

Invited Speaker ‘Designing Pedestrian Bridges’, Guy Nordenson Associates, Engineering Firm, NYC, October 2010.

Invited Speaker, ‘Finding sustainable forms: exercises in structural design’, M. Eng. research seminar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, September 2010.

Invited Speaker,’A Grand Challenge: Creative Structural Design’, M.Eng. seminar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, November 2009.

Invited Speaker,’Form Finding and Digital Fabrication’,Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), Engineering Firm, NYC, June 2009.


2018 Co-Organizer, IASS Symposium 2018, with Prof. J. Ochsendorf and Prof. C. Mueller (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and B. Baker (SOM)

2016 Scientific Committee Member, IASS2016 Annual International Symposium, Tokyo, September

2015 Special Session Co-Organizer, ‘Advances in Dynamic Relaxation Method’, Structural Membranes, Barcelona, October with Prof. R. Pauletti (University of São Paulo)

2015 Workshop Organizer, ‘Form Finding of Shell Structures’, Ruhr-University Bochum, October

2015 Scientific Committee Member, Design Modelling Symposium, Copenhagen, September

2015 Scientific Committee Member, IASS2015 Annual International Symposium: Future Visions, Amsterdam, August

2015 Special Session Co-Organizer, WG 5 ‘New directions for shell structures’ IASS2015 Annual International Symposium: Future Visions, Amsterdam, with Prof. P. Block (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), August

2015 Scientific Committee Member, Third International Conference on Flexible Formwork ICFF2015, Amsterdam, August

2015 Workshop Organizer, ‘Form Finding and Sustainable Infrastructure’, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, May

2015 Workshop Organizer, ‘Form, Structure and Material’, Roma Tre University, Rome, April

2014 Scientific Committee Member, International Conference on Innovation in Architectural Design and Fabrication ICIADF2014, Toronto, July

2014 Scientific Committee Member, Twelfth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology CST2014, Naples, August

2014 Scientific Committee Member, IASS-LSTE 2014 Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints, Brasilia, September

2013 Scientific Committee Member, Design Modelling Symposium, Berlin, September

2013 Scientific Committee Member, CC2013 Fourteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing, Cagliari, September

2013 Scientific Committee Member, IASS2013 Beyond the Limits of Man, Wroclaw, September

2013 Workshop Organizer, ‘Form Finding of Shell Structures’, HochSchule Biberach , Biberach, March

2012 Scientific Committee Member, ICFF2012 Second International Conference on Flexible Formwork, Bath, June

2012 Scientific Committee Member, CST2012 The Eleventh International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, Dubrovnik, August

2011 Co-organizer of  The Fazlur Rahman Khan Distinguished Lecture Series and Opening of the exhibition “Fazlur Khan: Structural Artist of Urban Building Forms”,  co-organized with Prof.  Garlock, September

2011 Co-organizer of INSA Workshop, Princeton University, co-organized with Prof. Garlock and Prof. Billington, June

2010 Organizer on Workshop on Sustainable Design in developing Countries, for Engineers without Borders, October


2016  Guest Editor, special issueNew directions for shell structures‘, Journal of the International Journal of Shell and Spatial Structures

2016 Guest Editor, special issue ‘Advance in the Dynamic Relaxation Method’, Journal of Spatial Structures

2015 Editor, Journal of Spatial Structures

2015 Review Editor, Structural Sensing (new Journal Frontiers in Built Environment)

2014 Co-Chair, Working Group 5 Shells, International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, with Prof. P. Block (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich)

2012-2017 Scientific Advisory Board Member, Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées, Paris


2015 Federal Grant Reviewer, National Science Foundation

2013 Committee Member, Esthetics in Design Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers

2013 Member, Working Group 17, Historical Spatial Structures, International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures

2013 Member, Working Group 15 Structural Morphology, International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures

2009 Member, American Society of Civil Engineers

2009 Member, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering

2009 Member, International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures

2009 Journal Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Automation in Construction, Computer-Aided Design, Computers and Structures, Engineering Structures, International Journal of Shell and Spatial Structures

2006 Federal Grant Reviewer, FNRS Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research Belgium | SEN3 and Foresight


The Resilient City: Conquering the sky (co-curated with Maria Garlock and Branko Glisic). Princeton University Global Forum (Shanghai, China Jan 2013).

The Evolution of German Shells: Efficiency in Form (co-curated with Branko Glisic).  Princeton University Engineering Library (January 2013) Website:

Fazlur Khan: Structural Artist of Urban Building Forms (co-curated with Prof. Garlock).  Princeton University Engineering Library (September 9, 2011 – present).


Smart Mast (project with Prof. Glisic). Princeton University, Making Stuff (January 2011) and Princeton Annual SEE Expo (November 2011).



Lecture Classes:

CEE205  Mechanics of Solids – Fall 09,10,11,12,13,14,15

CEE262A Structures and the Urban Environment (one lecture and precept) – Spring 09 and 11, 12,13,14,15

CEE546 Form Finding of Structural Surfaces – Spring 11, 12,14,16

EGR 194 An Introduction to Engineering (one lecture) -Spring 14, 15

ARC 510 Structural Analysis for Architecture – Fall 2014

 Studio Classes:

CEE473 A Social and Multi-dimensional Exploration of Structures  (co-taught with Prof. Garlock and Prof. Glisic) – Fall 10, 12

VIS418-CEE418 Extraordinary Processes (co-taught with Prof. J.Scanlan) – Fall 2015

EGR X Transformations (co-taught with Prof. N. Leonhard, Prof. A. Finkelstein, Prof. J. Snyders and Prof. M. Garlock)- Spring 2015

Independent Study Classes:

CEE376: Independent Study (undergraduate) – Spring  11,13,14,15 – Fall 14

CEE509: Directed Research (graduate) – 10,11,12,13,14,15

CEE510: Research Seminar (graduate) – 10,11,12,13,14,15


Current Ph.D. Students

Victor Charpentier (Ph.D. Civil Engineering, ‘2018)

Tim Michiels (Ph.D. Civil Engineering, ‘2018)

Former post-doctoral student

Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos (Ph.D. ‘2012 , Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), now Assistant Professor at University of Miami

Post-doctoral research visitors

Professor Ruy Pauletti, University of Sao Paulo (1/1/2016- 6/30/2016)

Professor Dr. Ing. Irmgard Lochner-Aldinger, Hochschule Biberach (9/1/2014-2/1/2015)

Professor Rajan Filomon Coelho, Université Libre de Belgique (7/1/2013-9/1/2013)

Professor Réne Motro, Université Montpellier II (1/1/2011-2/1/2011)

Former Ph.D. students

Edward Matthew Segal ‘2015, Characterization of polyester-rope suspended footbridges, now Assistant Professor at Hofstra University

Allison Beth Halpern ‘2014, Stability and serviceability optimization of footbridges, now project engineer at HNTB Corporation

Ashley Thrall ‘2011, Design and optimization of linkage-based movable bridge forms, co-advised by Prof. M. Garlock and Prof. D. Billington, now Assistant Professor at Notre Dame University

James Richardson ‘2012, Topology optimization of truss-like structures: from theory to practice, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, co-advised by Prof. R. Coelho, now project engineer at Thornton Tomasetti

Tine Tysmans ‘2010, Design of anticlastic shell sin innovative textile reinforced concrete cement composites, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, co-advised by Prof. J. Wastiels, now Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Current master student

Olek Niewiarowksi ‘2017

Former master students

Hannah Bands ‘2015, Performance-based design and analysis of pneumatic storm surge barriers, now project engineer at MacIntosh Engineering

Matthew Horner ‘2014, UV shading timber grid shells: design and construction, now Ph.D. Student at Lehigh University

Luca Nagy ‘2014, Implementation of a single-crease origami-arc for a movable footbridge structure, now Ph.D. Student at University of Toronto

Matthew Streeter ‘2014,Form finding and analysis of inflatable dams’ , now project engineer at SOM

Alex Jordan ‘2013, Material driven design for a chocolate pavilion, now project engineer at SOM

Daniel Reynolds ‘2013, now project engineer at Thornton Tomasetti

Meghan Krupka ‘2012, Numerical and physical form-finding of stresses membrane-spline systems, now project engineer at Severud Associates

Serguei Bagrianski ‘2012, A segmental approach to thin shell concrete structures

Graduate Student Research Awards

2015 Edward Matthew Segal ‘2015, Tsuboi Award for most outstanding paper in the Proceedings 2014 IASS-SLTE Symposium

2014 Tim Michiels ‘2018, Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship

2013 Hannah Bands ‘2015, Wu Fellow in Engineering, SEAS

2012 Edward Matthew Segal ‘2015, Sherrerd Fellow, CEE

2012 Allison Beth Halpern ‘2014, Sherrerd Fellow, CEE

2011 Edward Matthew Segal ‘2015, Upton Fellow in Engineering, SEAS

2011 Ashley Thrall ‘2011, Hangai Award for most meritorious paper written by a young talented researcher and presented at the 2011 IASS Symposium

Visiting Student Research Collaborators

Yousef Anastas (M.S.E., Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées) (5/1/2014-10/1/2014)

Victor Charpentier (M.S.E., Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées) (9/1/2013-8/1/2014)

James Richardson (Ph.D. 2014, Université Libre de Belgique) (5/12/2012-2/29/2013)

Hao Liu (Ph.D. 2014, Tsinghua University) (1/4/2012-8/16/2012)

Tine Tysmans (Ph.D.2010 , Vrije Universiteit Brussel) (10/10/2009-12/20/2009)

Doctoral Committee

Frederic Tayeb ‘2015, Simulation du comportement mécanique non-linéaire de gridshells composés de poutres élancées en matériaux composites et de sections quelconques, Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées

Dorotea Sigurdottir ‘2015, Strain-based monitoring methods for beam-like structures, PU

Jonathan Glassmann ‘2015, Web shear buckling of steel plate girders under fire, PU

Negar Elhami Khorasani ‘2015, A probalistic framework for multi-hazard evaluations of buildings and communities subject to fire and earthquake scenarios, PU

Yao Yao ‘2015, Direct damage detection using advanced sensing technologies, PU

Seyed Sina Nabei ‘2014, Mechanical form finding of timber fabric structures, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Caitlin Mueller ‘2014, Computational exploration of the structural design space, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Benoit Deschamps ‘2013, Optimal shaping of lightweight structures, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Hiba Abdel-Jaber, PU

Kaloyana Kostova, Bath University, UK

Senior Thesis Advisees

Lu Lu (‘2016)

Dennis Smith (‘2016)

Russell Archer (‘2016)

Aaron Katz (‘2016)

Cristina Laura Anastase ‘2015, Comfort in outdoor spaces: an exploration of the urban microclimate

Denisa Buzatu ‘2015, Design and analysis of a deployable programmable origami structure

Michael Manhard ‘2015, Investigating the effects of different supporting structures on the performance of competition diving boards

Irmak Erman Eruz ‘2014, A methodology for the preliminary design process of a bulged diagrid tall building

Bar Shabtai ‘2014, The application of machine learning to active tensegrity structures

Mariam Nadjia Laura Wahed ‘2014, Boundary conditions and structural form: a comparative analysis of Pier Luigi Nervi’s sports stadia

Victoria Richardson ‘2013, Adaptable tensegrity modules, co-advised by dr. G. Herring

Katelyn Scanlan ‘2013, A Sustainable Solution for Terrace Club of Princeton, co-advised by Prof. R. Harris

Sabrina Siu ‘2013, Investigation into sun shading applications of electroactive polymers, co-advised with Prof. S. Wager (Department of Electrical Engineering)

Peter Szerzo ‘2013, Spoke wheel membrane structures, co-advised by Ing. M. Stein, Schlaich Bergermann and Partners, NYC

Nathan Brown ‘2012, Structural and geometric feasibility study of hypar Shells

Daniel Fletcher ‘2012, Barrier island system in New York Harbor, co-advised by Prof. G.Nordenson, (School of Architecture) and Prof. H. Stone (Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering)

Sarah Lux ‘2012, The evolution of the American synagogue, co-advised by Prof. P. Lewis (School of Architecture)

Daniel Weiss ‘2012, Forms for  vaulted systems for abandoned churches

Tina Yuting ‘2012, Smart forms using dielectric elastomers, co-advised by Prof. S. Wagner (Department of Electrical Engineering)

Daneeka Abellard ‘2011, Plybamboo in Haiti: a feasibility study of the use of laminated bamboo lumber for bridge construction in Haiti

Scott Huang ‘2011, Parametric statics: automated graphical methods for design, analysis and form finding

Megan Prier ‘2011, Responding to Nigeria’s building challenges: a bamboo dome design for a Nigerian School

Maryanne Wachter ‘2011, Structurally efficient timber grid shell nodes: a case study of the Scunthorpe Sports Academy

Lauren Clark ‘2010, The true cost of construction: an analysis of the carbon dioxide emissions from the materials used in the Streicker bridge

Gregor Horstmeyer ‘2010, Glass hypar shells

Ben Sitler ‘2010, Integrated digital design to construction workflow: from a structural engineer’s perspective

Undergraduate student research awards

2015 Denisa Buzatu ‘2015, CEE Book Award and SEAS Mc Cracken Senior Thesis Award

2015 Michael Manhard ‘2015, CEE David W. Carmichael Prize and SEAS George J. Mueller Award

2014 Irmak Erman Eruz ‘2014, CEE Book Award and Moles Award

2013 Peter Szerzo ‘2013, CEE W. Mac Angus Prize

2012 Nathan Brown ‘2012, CEE W. Mac Angus Prize

2011 Maryanne Wachter ‘2011, CEE David W. Carmichael Prize

2010 Gregor Horstmeyer ‘2010, CEE Moles Award and SEAS George J. Mueller Award

Independent study advisees

Aaron Katz ‘2016, Form finding techniques in Musmeci’s work (Spring 2015)

Julia Wilcots ‘2016, Topology optimization using the homogenization method for basic structural elements (Fall 2015)

Bar Shabtai ‘2014, Dynamic relaxation (Spring 2013)

Peter Szerzo ‘2013, Geometry and structural analysis of deployable pantograph structures (Spring 2011)

Summer research interns

Andrew Percival ‘2017, funded by Council for Science and Technology, School of Architecture, PU, Summer 2015

Pedro Raposo, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Summer 2014

Demi Fang ‘2017, funded by Office of the Dean of the College, PU, Summer 2014

Denisa Buzatu ‘2015, funded by ACEE, PU, Summer 2013

Mariam Nadjia Laura Wahed ‘2014, funded by ACEE, PU, Summer 2012

Daneeka Abellard ‘2011, funded by High Meadows Fund, PU, Summer 2010

Lauren Clark ‘2010, funded by High Meadows Fund, PU, Summer 2010

Charles Evans ‘2010, funded by High Meadows, PU, Summer 2010S

Princeton University Service

Equilibrium, Studio Meredith – jury member, School of Architecture, PU (2015)

Associated Faculty, School of Architecture, Princeton University 2015

Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Academics and Awareness – Committee Member (2015)

McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning – Faculty Fellow (2014-2017)

SEAS Self-Study Committee: BSE Undergraduate Program – committee member (2014-present)

Faculty Advisory Committee on Policy  – Elected member, Princeton University (2013-present)

Council Princeton University Community – Elected Executive Committee Member , Princeton University (2013-present)

Program in Urban Studies –committee member , Princeton University (2012-present)

Architecture and Engineering Program – committee memberPrinceton University (2011-2017)

Robotics and Intelligent Systems Program – committee member, Princeton University (2011-present)

Civ / Arc track – advisor, Princeton University (Fall 2012)

ARC503 Integrated Building Studio – jury member, School of Architecture, Princeton University (2012).

Unflat Inevitabilities Option Studio – jury member, School of Architecture, MIT (2015)

Global Forum: Future of the City –member, Princeton University (2012-2013)

Freshman open house – presenter, CEE, (2011,2013,2014)

Princeton Preview -presenter, CEE, (2013,2014,2015)

SEAS Strategic Planning Workshop – organizer “Urban Resilience” Session (2014)

SEAS Major Fair CEE- presenter (2011,2014)

Freshman Class – advisor (2011-present)

Mathey College –  Faculty Fellow  (2011-present)