Karola Dierichs is a research associate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) within the Cluster of Excellence Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture. She has previously been educated at the Technical University of Braunschweig, the ETH Zurich and the Architectural Association (AA) in London and has graduated from the Emergent Technologies and Design Program with Distinction in 2009.
She has been teaching at the Architectural Association/London, the Städelschule Architecture Class/Frankfurt and the Institute for Computational Design and Construction/Stuttgart.
At the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) Karola Dierichs is conducting research on Granular Architectures, where she is developing designed granular materials in architecture. She has been engaged in transdisciplinary research collaborating nationally and internationally, among others with the Institute for Multiscale Simulation (MSS), Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany and the Behringer Lab, Duke University, USA. She has published numerous articles in her field and lectured both within Europe and the USA. Her research on designed granular materials has been recognized with the “Holcim Acknowledgement Award Europe 2014” and the “materialPREIS 2019 Acknowledgement Study and Vision”. Selected works have been included in the traveling exhibition “Hello, Robot.” starting 2017 at the Vitra Design Museum/Germany and the opening exhibition “Minding the Digital” of the Design Society in Shenzen/China.
Aggregate Architectures ITECH Master Thesis 2nd Year – Project 1
Aggregate Architectures ITECH Master Thesis 2nd Year – Project 2
Aggregate Architectures ITECH Master Thesis 2nd Year – Project 3
Master Thesis Preparation Seminar 2013-2015
Hygroscopic Aggregate Structure
Informed Matter – Aggregate Structure
Algorithmic Space 2
Algorithmic Space 1
Performative Morphology Seminar
Material Computation – Aggregate Architectures
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.
Dierichs, K. and Menges, A: 2017, Granular Construction: Designed Particles for Macro-Scale Architectural Structures. Archit. Design, 87, pp. 88–93. doi:10.1002/ad.2200.
Barés, J., Zhao, Y., Renouf, M., Dierichs, K., Behringer, R.: 2017, Structure of Hexapod 3D Packings: Understanding the Global Stability from the Local Organization, in EPJ Web Conf 140, S. 06021. DOI: 10.1051/epjconf/201714006021.
Zhao, Y., Ding, J., Barés, J., Zheng, H., Dierichs, K., Menges, A., Behringer, R.: 2017, Vibrational Collapse of Hexapod Packings, in EPJ Web Conf 140, S. 06011. DOI: 10.1051/epjconf/201714006011.
Rusenova, G., Dierichs, K., Baharlou E., Menges, A.: 2016, Feedback- and Data-driven Design for Aggregate Architectures: Analyses of Data Collections for Physical and Numerical Prototypes of Designed Granular Materials, in Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines, Proceedings of the 36th Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), Ann Arbor, pp.62-72.
Dierichs, K., Menges, A.: 2016, Towards an Aggregate Architecture: Designed Granular Systems as Programmable Matter in Architecture, Granular Matter, 18 (25), DOI: 10.1007/s10035-016-0631-3.
Zhao, Y., Liu, K., Zheng, M., Bares, J., Dierichs, K., Menges, A., Behringer, R.P.: 2016, Packings of 3D Stars: Stability and Structure, Granular Matter, 18 (24), DOI: 10.1007/s10035-016-0606-4.
Dierichs, K., Angelova, D., Menges, A.: 2015, Modelling Aggregate Behaviour, in Ramsgaard Thomsen, M., Tamke, M., Gengnagel, C., Faircloth, B., Scheurer, F. (eds.): 2015 Modelling Behaviour – Proceedings of the Design Modelling Symposium Copenhagen 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 5-15.
Dierichs, K., Menges, A.: 2015, Non-convex Designed Aggregates as Architectural Material Systems, in Proceedings of the Particle Simulations Conference 2015, Erlangen, pp. 96-97.
Topic, N., Pöschel, T., Dierichs, K., Menges, A.: 2015, Packings of Complex Shaped Particles in Cylinders, in Proceedings of the Particle Simulations Conference 2015, Erlangen, pp. 53-94.
Angelova, D., Dierichs, K., Menges, A.: 2015, Graded Light in Aggregate Structures – Modelling the Daylight in Designed Granular Systems Using Online Controlled Robotic Processes, in Martens, B., Wurzer, G., Grasl, T. Lorenz, W., Schaffranek, R. (eds.), Real Time – Proceedings of the 33rd eCAADe Conference – Volume 2, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, 16-18 September 2015, pp. 399-406.
Dierichs, K., Menges, A.: 2015, Granular Morphologies – Programming Material Behaviour with Designed Aggregates, Architectural Design, Vol. 85 No. 5, Wiley, London, pp. 86-91. (ISBN 978-11118878378; DOI: 10.1002/ad.1959)
Dierichs, K., Menges, A.: 2015, Simulation of Aggregate Structures in Architecture: Distinct-Elelement Modeling of Synthetic Non-Convex Granulates. In Block, P., Knippers, Mitra, N., Wang, W.: Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014, pp. 1-13. (ISBN: 978-3-319-11417-0 (Print) 978-3-319-11418-7)
Dierichs, K., Menges, A.: 2013, Aggregate Architecture: Simulation Models for Synthetic Non-convex Granulates, in: Beesley, P., Khan, O., Stacey, M. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) – Adaptive Architecture, Waterloo/Buffalo/Nottingham, pp. 301-310. (ISBN 978-1-926724-22-5)
Dierichs, K., Schwinn, T., Menges, A.: 2012, Robotic Pouring of Aggregate Structures – Responsive Motion Planning Strategies for Online Robot Control of Granular Pouring Processes with Synthetic Macro-Scale Particles, in Brell-Cokcan, S., Braumann, J. (Eds.), Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design, Proceedings of the Robots in Architecture Conference 2012, TU Vienna, pp. 196-205. (ISBN 978-3709114643)
Dierichs, K., Menges, A.: 2012, Functionally Graded Aggregate Structures: Digital Additive Manufacturing with Designed Granulates, in Cabrinha, M., Johnson, J., Steinfeld, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), San Francisco, pp. 295-304. (ISBN 978-1-62407-267-3)
Dierichs, K., Menges, A.: 2012, Material and Machine Computation of Designed Granular Matter: Rigid-Body Dynamics Simulations as a Design Tool for Robotically-Poured Aggregate Structures Consisting of Polygonal Concave Particles, in Achten, H., Pavlicek, J., Hulin, J., Matejdan, D. (eds.), Digital Physicality – Proceedings of the 30th eCAADe Conference, Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Architecture (Czech Republic) 12-14 September 2012, pp. 711-719. (ISBN 978-9-4912070-3-7)
Dierichs, K., Menges, A.: 2012, Aggregate Structures: Material and Machine Computation of Designed Granular Substances, Architectural Design, Vol. 82 No. 2, Wiley Academy, London. pp. 74-81. (ISBN: 978 0470973301)
Dierichs, K., Menges, A.: 2012, Aggregate Architectures, Observing and Designing with Changeable Material Systems in Architecture, in Costa, X., Thorne, M. (eds), Change, Architecture, Education, Practices – Proceedings of the International ACSA Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 20-22 June 2012, pp. 463-468. (ISBN 978-0-935502-83-1)
Dierichs, K. and Menges, A.: 2012, Material und Machine Computation als Grundlage Experimenteller Ästhetik in der Aggregat Architektur, Kongress-Akten des VIII. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Ästhetik 2011, www.dgae.de/kongress-akten.html.
Krieg, O., Dierichs, K., Reichert, S., Schwinn, T. and Menges, A.: 2011, Performative architectural morphology: Finger-joined plate structures integrating robotic manufacturing, biological principles and location-specific requirements. In Gengnagel, C., Kilian, A., Palz, N. and Scheurer, F. (eds.), Computational Design Modeling, Proceedings of the Design Modeling Symposium Berlin, Springer-Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg, pp. 259-266. (ISBN: 978-3642234347)
Krieg, O., Dierichs, K., Reichert, S., Schwinn, T. and Menges, A.: 2011, Performative architectural morphology: Robotically manufactured biomimetic finger-joined plate structures, Proceedings of the 29th eCAADE Conference, Ljubljana (Slovenia) 21-24 September 2011, pp. 573-580. (ISBN 978-9491207013)
Dierichs, K., Fleissner, F. and Menges, A.: 2011, Interrelation of experiment and simulation in the development of Aggregate Architectures, Digital Proceedings of the International Symposion on Algorithmic Design for Architecture and Urban Design (ALGODE) in Tokyo (Japan) 14-16 March 2011.
Dierichs, K. and Menges, A.: 2010, Material Computation in Architectural Aggregate Systems, In:Formation, Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design In Architecture (ACADIA), New York City (USA) 21-24 October 2010, pp. 372-78. (ISBN 978-1450734714)
Dierichs, K. and Menges, A.: 2010, Natural Aggregation Processes as Models for Architectural Material Systems, in: Proceedings of the Design and Nature Conference 2010, Pisa, Italy, Southampton, WIT Press, pp. 17-27. (ISBN: 978-1845644543)