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Lecture: Shilpa Naik
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Shilpa Naik is a Master student in the poly-PEDAL Lab.

Lecture: Elena Chiridnick
Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Elena Chiridnick is a former M.Sc. student from the ITECH Program at the University of Stuttgart.

Elena will show us her research on the mechanisms involved in the tail of the spring beetle and how this compliant motion principle can be translated into architectural constructions.

Lecture: Andrei Nejur
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Today our Studio One class at UC Berkeley will have visiting scholar Andrei Nejur giving a lecture and tutorial session about his amazing Ivy-plugin for Rhino. We are looking forward to learning more about the new features of the latest version.

10/11 Wurster Hall, rm170, 2-3:30pm
Event is open to public. Stop by if you are around.


Lecture: Valentin Koslowski & Julia Koerner
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This Thursday, October 13, we will have the engineer Valentin Koslowski (University of Stuttgart, ITKE) and the architect Julia Koerner (UCLA) giving a lecture on “Design strategies for composite building structures”. If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by or to share this information with your friends, and colleagues.

THURSDAY, 10/13/16 2:00PM – 3:30PM

LECTURE TITLE: Design strategies for composite building structures.

Valentin Koslowski, is a Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate at the ITKE Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design at the University of Stuttgart. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Biberach, did a structural engineering internship at Schlaich Bergermann and Partner in 2008 and graduated as B.Eng. in 2011. Before he specialized in structural mechanics during his M.Sc. at the Technical University of Munich he worked at Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering and joined the ITKE in 2014.
Valentin’s research is on the engineering and simulation of irregular composite grid shell like structures and load path adapted fiber layups as building structures. Considering anisotropic material behavior and curved shapes to achieve a lightweight construction with a material consistent design detailing approach that allows to place material where it is needed for the load bearing behavior and the insertion of voids in between.
Valentin worked in interdisciplinary teams with architects and biologists on internationally published and built projects and gave invited lectures in Europe and USA.

Julia Körner is an award-winning designer working at the convergence of architecture, product and fashion design – specialised in additive manufacturing and robotic technology. Her work stands out, recognised today at the top level of these disciplines, where it has been featured in the National Geographic Magazine, at the Venice Biennale, Paris Haute Couture and institutions such as the FRAC Centre in Orleans, the Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York to name a few. The constantly intriguing aspect of Julia’s work is the embodiment of a beautiful organic aesthetic.
Born in Salzburg, Austria; Julia received master degrees in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna (with distinction) and the Architectural Association, London. She is currently based between Los Angeles and Salzburg and has previously practiced in London and New York.
Julia is founder of JK Design GmbH, specialising in digital design for 3D-Printing. Her recent collaborations involved 3D-Printed fashion pieces developed with Haute Couture Houses for Paris Fashion weeks. In 2015, Julia launched an entirely 3D-Printed ready-to-wear collection entitled ‘sporophyte’.
Julia is faculty at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Department since 2012; She has held previous academic appointments at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Lund University in Sweden and the Architectural Association Visiting School in France and Jordan.

International Lecture Series: Joanna Aizenberg @ UC Berkeley, Valley Life Sciences Building 2040
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard University | Wyss Institute)

Professor Joanna Aizenberg is the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. Professor Aizenberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Masters in Science in Physical Chemistry from Moscow State University. She obtained her PhD in Structural Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

With a broad range of interests which include bio-nano surfaces, smart materials, crystal engineering and biooptics, Professor Aizenberg is the recipient of many awards and in 2015 received Harvard’s most prestigious Ledlie Prize that is awarded for the most valuable contribution to science made by a Harvard Scientist.

She is the Director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology and Platform Leader in the Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard University. She has served at the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society and at the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. She served on the Advisory Board of Langmuir and Chemistry of Materials, on Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine, and is an Editorial Board Member of Advanced Materials. Professor Aizenberg is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Materials Research Society and the American Physical Society.

Lecture: Mitsuhiro Kanada
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Lecture organized by the Center for Japanese Studies: Berkeley grad Mitsuhiro Kanada (BA, Architecture ’94 / M Sci. Structural Engineering’ 96) will be speaking about his exciting collaborations with some of the worlds most challenging architects (Zaha, Rem, Sejima + Nishizawa) next Monday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 pm in Wurster 112. A poster is attached. There will be a casual wine and cheese reception in the lobby of Wurster Hall from 6 pm.

Lecture: Andrew Wit @ Skype Lecture in Arch259, Room 104
Feb 7 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Lecture: Andrew Wit @ Skype Lecture in Arch259, Room 104 | Berkeley | California | United States

Andrew Wit (Temple University)

Andrew is a Co-Founder of the interdisciplinary research group WITO* “Laboratory for Intelligent Environments” as well as the Assistant Professor of Digital Practice within Temple University’s Division of Architecture and Environmental Design where he lead research, courses, and workshops focused around novel building systems generated through the integration of light-weight composites, digital tools/fabrication + robotics. Additionally, he is the co-author of a forthcoming book with Dr. Mahesh Daas which will examine the current and future influence of robot tools and processes on the disciplines of architecture and design through the lens of 20 of the world’s most innovative minds.

Lecture: Jan Brütting
Feb 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
International Lecture Series: Jan Knippers @ Design Innovation from Nature - International Lecture Series
Mar 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
International Lecture Series: Jan Knippers @ Design Innovation from Nature - International Lecture Series | Berkeley | California | United States

03/13/2017  Wurster Hall, 6:30pm

Biological Design and Integrative Structures

During the last few decades, computational methods have been introduced into all fields of science and technology. In architecture, they enable the geometric differentiation of building components and allow the fabrication of materials with locally adjusted physical and chemical properties. In the natural sciences, a multitude of digital analysis methods as micro CT have been introduced. The step towards digital technologies enables the direct exchange of information between until now widely separated fields of science and have opened a new era in biomimetics:  local differentiation at various scales, the main feature of natural constructions, can for the first time not only be analysed, but to a certain extent also be transferred to building construction. Almost all load-bearing biological structures are fibrous composites, using the principle of anisotropy to developed finely tuned mechanical and physical properties. This may lead to the fact that fiber based building materials may play a larger role for future developments in architecture and building construction. The presentation will show various projects as the EXPO Pavilion 2010 in Yeosu, Korea, or the Elytra Pavilion at the V&A in London that attempt to explore and demonstrate the potential of biomimetic research for architecture and engineering.

Jan Knippers (University of Stuttgart – ITKEKnippers Helbig)

Jan Knippers studied civil engineering at the Technical University in Berlin. After several years in an international operating consultancy he founded Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering in Stuttgart (2001) and New York (2009) with Thorsten Helbig. In parallel he is professor and head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the faculty for architecture and urban design at the University of Stuttgart. In practice, research and teaching he focuses on highly efficient building structures and use of innovative building materials. Since recently, Jan Knippers also became spokesperson of the new SFB-TRR 141: Biological Design and Integrative Structures and is part of the European innochain network.

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Lecture: Philippe Block @ Lecture: Philippe Block (ETH Zurich)
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm
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