Lucia Stein-Montalvo

I joined the Form Finding Lab in August 2021 as a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow. I completed my Masters and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, where I studied the mechanics of “shape-shifting” in plates and shells–i.e. compelling structures to adopt a different configuration on demand, or in response to a stimulus, through large deformations and instabilities. Prior to this, I received a B.S. in Mathematics from Davidson College, with a minor in Hispanic Studies.

In the Form Finding lab, I am exploring how the mechanics of shape-shifting can inform adaptive architectural design, aimed at improving ventilation and thermal comfort while reducing energy needs in urban landscapes. Specifically, my current areas of research interest are fluid-structure interactions, morphing metamaterials (e.g. kirigami), and dynamic shading.

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