Dylan Wood, is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computation Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart.  At ICD Dylan leads the Institute’s research on programmable matter and supervises graduate students in the associated masters thesis topic.  His research is focused on developing intelligent design principles for smart shape-changing materials as a form of material robotics that can be applied in building systems, construction, and manufacturing.  He has worked extensively in collaboration with material science partners at the ETH, Zurich, EMPA, Dübendorf, and the Physical Intelligence department at the Max Plank Institute for Physical Systems, Stuttgart. His current doctoral research is funded by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (KTI), and the Getty Foundation’s GettyLab. He holds a ITECH, MSc. with distinction from the University of Stuttgart, and a B.Arch, magna cum laude from the University of Southern California School of Architecture. Professionally he has worked as a designer and computational fabrication specialist at Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin, Germany and DOSU Studio Architects in Los Angeles, CA.



KTI- Smart Wood- Smart, Innovative Manufacturing of Curved Wood Components for Architecture with Complex Geometry


Hygroscopic Aggregate Structures, Boisbuchet, France

Elytra Filament Pavilion – Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Vitra Design Museum


Augmented Grain- ITECH MSc. University of Stuttgart


ITECH Masters Thesis Topic – Programmable Matter,  2016-17

ITECH Masters Thesis Preparation and Research Structure Module,  2016-17

ITECH Masters Thesis Topic- Programmable Matter,  2015-16

ITECH Masters Thesis Topic – Performative Wood,   2015-16

Selected Publications:

Wood, D. , Correa, D., Krieg, O., Menges, A.: 2016, Material computation—4D timber construction: Towards building-scale hygroscopic actuated, self-constructing timber surfaces, International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), Sage, February 2016, DOI: 10.1177/1478077115625522


USC Generation NEXT, School of Architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Integrative Design and Material Computation, UK Construction Week 2017, Birmingham, UK

Design for Active Material Systems, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, University of Newcastle, UK

Integrating Material Capacity, EMTECH, Architectural Association, London, UK

Integrating Material Capacity, Design & Make, Architectural Association, Hooke Park, UK