EventsRethinking Architecture

Rethinking Architecture

Achim Menges

Institute for Computational Design and ­Construction (ICD), University of Stuttgart

Event from
22 November
Photo from Achim Menges



A look at nature helps architects rethink building. Biology offers us a virtually inexhaustible supply of formal, functional and process principles. Many of them challenge established approaches pursued in construction technology in surprising ways or in fact demonstrate entirely different possibilities. 


In his lecture, Achim Menges will explain how a bionic approach in architecture enables scientific, cross-disciplinary lateral thinking. Presenting a number of selected projects, he will also illustrate how this can lead to architecture that is effective and explorative, efficient and expressive.

Achim Menges

Achim Menges is a Frankfurt-based architect and a professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is head of the Institute for Computer-Based Design (ICD), which he established in 2008. He was a guest professor at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) from 2009 to 2015. In his research and practical activities, he studies integrative, computer-based design methods at the interface between architecture, computer-based design, robotic manufacturing and biomimetics. His research and project work has earned him several international awards, many of which have featured in international exhibitions. Achim Menges has authored a large number of scientific publications and books.


The Institute for Computational Design (ICD) researches the ever-accelerating permeation of digital processes in architecture covering ever more areas of design, planning and building, to help understand them as a creative, design, ecological, economic and intellectual challenge for architects.

Project from Menges Achim -Landesgartenschau Forstpavillion schwaebisch Gmuend 2014
Landesgartenschau Forstpavillon Schwaebisch-Gmuend 2014; Photo: ICD_ITKE_IIGS University Stuttgart
Project from Menges Achim -ICD_ITKE Forschungspavillion
ICD_ITKE Forschungspavillon 2015_16, Stuttgart; Photo: ICD_ITKE University Stuttgart
Project from Menges Achim
Elytra Filament Pavilion Victoria and Albert Museum London 2016; Photo: NAARO