Tim Michiels

I joined the Form Finding Lab in September 2014 to pursue a PhD degree in Civil Engineering. I  received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from KU Leuven (Belgium) and obtained a master’s degree in historic preservation from the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation. Before arriving at Princeton, I also worked at the Getty Conservation Institute, researching how to protect historic earthen buildings against earthquakes and conducting field projects in Morocco and Peru. In the Form Finding Lab I hope to further the understanding of the behavior of shell structures subjected to natural disasters such as earthquakes and to design resilient structures using sustainable materials such as rammed earth and adobe. My work at Princeton is generously supported by a fellowship provided by the Belgian American Education Foundation.

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