Dylan Wood, is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart.  At ICD Dylan leads the Institute’s research on programmable matter and materials and supervises graduate students in the associated masters thesis topic.  His research is focused on developing intelligent design and fabrication 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 (CTI / 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. 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.





  • ITECH Masters Thesis Topic – Programmable Matter + Materials,  2017-18
  • ETH Zürich, Inst. for Building Materials, Bachelor Thesis Topic – 4D Wood Mechanisms, 2018 
  • ITECH Masters Thesis Preparation and Research Structure Module,  2017
  • ITECH Masters Thesis Topic – Programmable Matter + Materials,  2016-17
  • ITECH Masters Thesis Preparation and Research Structure Module,  2016
  • ITECH Masters Thesis Topic- Programmable Matter,  2015-16
  • ITECH Masters Thesis Topic – Performative Wood,   2015-16

Selected Publications:

Wood, D. , Vailati, C., Menges, A., Rüggeberg, M.: 2018, Hygroscopically actuated wood elements for weather responsive and self-forming building parts- Facilitating upscaling and complex shape changes. Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier (in press).

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

Dierichs, K., Wood, D., Correa, D., Menges, A.: 2017, Smart Granular Materials: Prototypes for Hygroscopically Actuated Shape-Changing Particles, in ACADIA – Disciplines & Disruption [Proceedings of the ACADIA Conference 2017], Cambridge, MA, pp. 222-231. (ISBN: 978-0-692-96506-1)

Wood, D., Yablonina, M., Aflalo, M., Chen, J., Tahanzadeh, B., Menges, A.: 2018, Cyber Physical Macro Material as a UAV [re]Configurable Architectural System, in ROB|ARCH 2018: Radical Cross-Disciplinarity, Springer. Zürich. (In press)

Wood, D., Brütting, J., Menges, A.: 2018, Self-Forming Curved Timber Plates: Initial Design Modeling for Shape-Changing Material Buildups, in IASS – Creativity in Structural Design [Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018], Cambridge, MA. (In press)

Forestiero, D., Xenos, N., Wood, D., Baharlou, E.: 2018,Low-tech Shape-Shifting Space Frames, in IASS – Creativity in Structural Design [Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018], Cambridge, MA. (In press)



Computational Design and Digital Prototyping for Climate-Responsive Timber Building Components, Advanced Building Skins 2017, Bern, CH

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