Dylan Wood, is a research group leader at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart. At ICD Dylan leads the Material Programming Research Group and teaches graduate students in related topics.  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.

 

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Teaching:

  • ITECH Masters Thesis Topic – Programmable Matter + Materials,  2017-18
  • 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:

Aldinger L., Bechert S. Wood D.:2019, Design and Structural Modelling of Surface-Active Timber Structures Made from Curved CLT – Urbach Tower, Remstal Gartenschau 2019 in Impact: Design with all the senses [Proceedings of the  Design Modeling Symposium 2019], Berlin, DE  September 2019. (In Press)

Weber R., Leder S., Wood D. Bucklin O., Menges A.: 2019, Distributed Robotic Timber Construction Designing of in-situ timber construction system with robot-material collaboration in  ACADIA – Ubiquity and Autonomy [Proceedings of the ACADIA Conference 2019], Austin, TX. (In press)

Leder, S., Weber, R., Bucklin, 0., Wood, D., Menges, A.: 2019, Design and prototyping of a single axis, building material integrated, distributed robotic assembly system, in 2019 IEEE: 4th International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*), 3rd International Workshop on Self-Organised Construction (SOCO), Umea, Sweden.

Garufi, D., Wagner, H.J., Bechert, S., Schwinn, T., Wood, D., Menges, A., Knippers, J.: 2018, Fibrous Timber Joints for Lightweight Segmented Hybrid Timber Shell , in“Digital Timber Construction”, Research Culture in Architecture conference on cross-disciplinary collaboration, Faculty of Architecture, TU Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany. (In press)

Leder, S., Weber, R., Bucklin, O., Wood, D., Menges, A.: 2018, Towards Distributed In-Situ Robotic Timber Construction, in “Robotics in Timber Construction”, , Research Culture in Architecture conference on cross-disciplinary collaboration, Faculty of Architecture, TU Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany. (In press)

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, March 2018, DOI:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.12.134

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 Willmann J., Block P., Hutter M., Byrne K., Schork T. (eds) Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2018. ROBARCH 2018, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-92294-2_25

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., 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.

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.

Lectures:

Cyber-Physical Macro Materials: Ars Electronica Innovation Forum 2018, Ars Electronica 2018, POST-CITY, Linz, AT

Building Material Intelligence, Symposium: Biomimicry and Integrative Design, “Matters of Fact” summer lectures, Domaine de Boisbuchet, Lessac, FR

Building Material Intelligence, 2018 Digital FUTURES Symposium, Tongji University, Shanghai, CN

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