Isabel Moreira de Oliveira

I joined the Form Finding Lab in September 2020 to pursue a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. I have a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) with an academic year abroad at Cornell University, and an M.Sc. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of São Paulo (USP), in Brazil. During my master’s, I developed a connection system for rigid gridshell structures using parametric modeling and digital fabrication. As an outcome of this research, I filed a patent with the support from the university, and I hope it can be used to develop economically feasible structures that use natural materials with high cross-section variability, and with aesthetic quality.

I am curious about how digital fabrication is further used to benefit construction with less waste and smarter use of material. I am fascinated by studies on adaptability and versatility of structural systems, especially those with hidden repetition that can generate unexpected complex forms. In the Form Finding Lab, I am keen on following research that takes advantage of geometric properties and automated digital tools to enhance material usage and applications in a resilient built environment.

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