Moritz Dörstelmann is a Doctoral Candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at Stuttgart University since 2011. He studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen University and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna where he graduated with distinction from the master class of Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher.

Focus of Moritz Dörstelmann´s research are integrated computational design and fabrication strategies for novel fiber composite building systems. In interdisciplinary cooperation with experts in aerospace- and structural engineering, biology and textile technology he realized a series of fibrous lightweight structures which are very material efficient and explore a novel architectural design repertoire. His research achieves simultaneous advancement of building culture and technology.

Moritz Dörstelmann´s projects are internationally published and exhibited. He has been invited studio critic and gave lectures and workshops at various international institutions including the Harvard GSD.




Elytra Filament Pavilion – Victoria and Albert Museum, London
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2014-15
University of Stuttgart Fair Stand
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2013-14
Leichtbau BW Installation


AD Launch, Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt
Design Modelling Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Future Technology Summit, London, UK
Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Tallinn, Estonia
InDeSem:Recraft , Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Vision London 2015 , Olympia Central, London, United Kingdom
Entomology Congress 2015 , Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
DETAIL Research Forum, BAU 2015, Munich, Germany
10th Shanghai Biennale, Robotic Future Exhibition Opening, Shanghai, China
Technologieforum Maker Space, Stuttgart Trade Fair, Germany
Ringvorlesung, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany
ANKA Seminar 2014, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Get Set Festival, Porto, Portugal
ACADIA Conference 2014, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
AAG Conference 2014, University College London, United Kingdom
Robots in Architecture Conference 2014, University of Michigan, USA
FMX Conference 2013, Stuttgart, Germany
PROTO/E/CO/LOGICS 003 Architecture Symposium, Brijuni, Croatia
European Capital Of Culture 2012, Guimarães, Portugal


Harvard University – GSD: Composite Morphology, Sept. 2015
Harvard University – GSD: Material Performance, Sept. 2014
University of Michigan: RobArch|2014 – Fiber Syntax, May 2014
Harvard University – GSD: Robotic Fiber Winding, Sept. 2013


Master Thesis Advisor: Fibrous Morphology
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2014
Performative Morphology
Fibrous Morphology
Architectural Biomimetics
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2013
Integrative Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication
Performative Morphology III: ICD/ITKE Forschungspavillon 2013
Algorithmische Raumstrukturen
Integrative Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication
Visual Programming


Dörstelmann, M., Prado, M., Menges, A.: 2015, Explorative Design and Fabrication Strategies for Fibrous Morphologies in Architecture. In Yuan, P., Menges, A., Leach, N. (eds): Robotic Futures, Tongji University Press, Shanghai, pp. 54-65. (ISBN 978-7-5608-5845-6)

Dörstelmann, M., Parascho, S., Prado, M., Menges, A., Knippers, J: 2014, Integrative Computational Design Methodologies for Modular Architectural Fiber Composite Morphologies. In Design Agency [Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)], Los Angeles, pp. 177–188. (ISBN 9781926724478)

Dörstelmann, M., Knippers, J., Menges, A., Parascho, S., Schwinn, T.: 2015, ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2013-14 – Modular Coreless Filament Winding Based on Beetle Elytra, Architectural Design, Vol. 85 No. 5, Wiley, London, pp. 54 -59. (ISBN 978-11118878378)

Dörstelmann, M., Knippers, J., Koslowski, V., Menges, A., Prado, M.,Schieber, G., Vasey, L.: 2015, ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2014-15 – Fibre Placement on a Pneumatic Body Based on a Water Spider Web, Architectural Design, Vol. 85 No. 5, Wiley, London, pp. 60 – 65. (ISBN 978-11118878378)

Van de Kamp, T., Dörstelmann, M., Dos Santos Rolo, T., Baumbach, T., Menges, A., Knippers, J.: 2015, Beetle elytra as role models for lightweight building construction. In Entomologie heute, Vol. 27, pp. 149-158

Vasey, L., Baharlou, E., Dörstelmann, M., Koslowski, V., Prado, M., Schieber, G., Menges, A., Knippers, J.: 2015, Behavioral Design and Adaptive Robotic Fabrication of a Fiber Composite Compression Shell with Pneumatic Formwork, in Combs, L. and Perry, C. (Eds.), Computational ecologies: Design in the anthropocene, Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH, pp. 297–309. (ISBN 978-0-69253-726-8)

Schieber, G., Koslowski, V., Dörstelmann, M., Prado, M., Vasey, L., Knippers, J., Menges A.: 2015, Integrated design and fabrication strategies for fibrous structures, 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.

Prado, M., Dörstelmann, M., Schwinn, T., Menges, A., Knippers, J.: 2014, Core-Less Filament Winding.” In Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2014 SE – 19, edited by Wes McGee and Monica Ponce de Leon, 275–289. Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-04663-1_19.

Parascho, S., Dörstelmann, M., Prado, M., Menges, A. and Knippers, J.: 2015, Modular Fibrous Morphologies: Computational Design, Simulation and Fabrication of Differentiated Fibre Composite Building Components, in Block, P., Knippers, J., Mitra, N., Wang, W. (eds.), Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014, pp. 29-45. (DOI: 0.1007/978-3-319-11418-7_1, Print ISBN: 978-3-319-11417-0, Online ISBN: 978-3-319-11418-7).

Kuma, T., Dörstelmann, M., Prado, M., Menges, A.: 2014, Integrative Computational Design Methodology for Composite Spacer Fabric Architecture, in Thompson, E., Emine, M.(eds.), Fusion – Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference, Vol. 2, Northumbria University, pp. 283-292. (ISBN 9789491207075)

Yunis, L., Kyjanek, O., Dörstelmann, M., Prado, M., Schwinn, T., Menges, A.: 2014, Bio-inspired and fabrication-informed design strategies for modular fibrous structures in architectur, in Thompson, E., Emine, M.(eds.), Fusion – Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference, Vol. 1, Northumbria University, pp. 283-292. (ISBN 9789491207075)