The question Sigrid Adriaenssens asks is not whether a structure can be built, but rather, if it should be built. As an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, a recurring theme in her research and teaching is the search for the optimal form — one that considers elegance, efficiency, and economics in addition to stability and serviceability. She was recently awarded a grant from the Andlinger Center to study elastic structures for energy-efficient architecture with her collaborator, Professor Axel Kilian of the School of Architecture. Adriaenssens spoke with the Center about her research, teaching, and how structures can respond to their environments.
Text by Brenda Mikeo, ACEE