Designers and engineers dream of creating highly responsive building façades that mimic nature and change in response to their environment. Like flowers, they would open and close in relation to the light. This is a new field of research but...
I am an architect with a passion for architectural engineering – the interaction between technology, building materials and structure, and the architectural form itself.
I am currently based in Arup's Berlin office where I lead the materials consulting group in Europe. Projects I've led since joining Arup include the development of ‘thin environmental cladding’ and the ‘bioreactive facade’ – an innovative facade system for the generation of biomass funded by the German Government for Construction.
I enjoy lecturing and teaching and my recent commitments include a role as a visiting professor at the Danish Technical University (DTU) in Copenhagen as part of the Masters Programme for Architectural Engineering.
Another passion is the ‘building envelope’ and the structural use of glass. I wrote a book on the topic (Glass Structures: Design and Construction of Self-supporting Skins) in 2007 (published by Birkhäuser).