Robin Orval

Since April 2022, Robin is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Form Finding Lab at Princeton University under the supervision of Prof Sigrid Adriaenssens, working on design strategies for scaffold-free construction of shell and space structures.

In 2019 – 2022, during his previous postdoc under the supervision of Dr John Orr in the Structures Research Group in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, Robin contributed to the ACORN project on automating concrete construction by designing and building a concrete shell as a sustainable alternative to building floors thanks off-site robotic fabrication.

Between 2016 and 2019, Robin completed a joint-PhD between the Laboratoire Navier at École des Ponts ParisTech and the Block Research Group in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich under the supervision of Prof Oliver Baverel and Prof Philippe Block, introducing topology finding of patterns for structural design.

Prior to this, Robin graduated as a structural engineer at École des Ponts in 2016, following a double curriculum in structure and architecture with the École d’Architecture de Paris-Marne.

For a year, Robin also gained practice experience in the structural engineering office Bollinger + Grohmann in Frankfurt in 2014/2015.

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