fibrous timber joints

Timber Construction is a field of substantial ongoing research and is playing again an increasingly important role in architecture. Current challenges in this highly advanced industry include the need for stronger and more adaptable joining techniques; especially for lightweight, material efficient structures.

Fibrous joints can form bending resistant connections in lightweight timber structures of complex geometries. Fibre orientations in those connections can be intricately designed, controlled and manufactured within a vast multidimensional solution space as a function of current CNC technology and formability of fibres. This allows the adaptation of joints to stress-concentrations and force-directions using computational design algorithms to negotiate aspects of structure, material efficiency, aesthetics and fabrication; directly linking computational intelligence with materialisation processes.

For this cluster the goal is to find out how fibrous timber joints can be realised in irregular timber grid-shells. Attendees will be included in the full fabrication process of a 1:1 demonstrator. Additional knowledge transfer and hands-on experimentation sessions will encourage attendees to explore and discuss novel applications, strategies and iterations of fibrous connections and their inherent computational logics.

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Dominga Garufi is an architect and designer committed to integrate construction industry, innovation in material research and computational design strategies in architecture. She graduated from the ITECH Master Programme at University of Stuttgart and from the SED Master Programme at the AA in London after completing her bachelor studies in Architecture and Construction Engineering in Italy. Dominga worked at Wilkinson Eyre Architects in London and Hawkes Architects in Kent. Currently she works at HPP Architects in Stuttgart with focus on BIM coordination.


Hans Jakob Wagner is a Research Associate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, where he completed the ITECH Master Program in 2017. He holds a bachelor degree in Architecture from Vienna University of Technology and previously worked at the Institute for Building Construction and Design (TU Vienna), Stephané Malka Architectes, Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes (Paris). and as Research Assistant for ICD at the University of Stuttgart. His current research interests are focused on advanced computational timber architecture and associated production processes.

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Tobias Schwinn is a lecturer at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. In research and teaching, he is focusing on behavior-based approaches for integrating robotic fabrication and computational design processes in the context of segmented shell structures. A0t the institute, he is also in charge of research infrastructure.

Prior to joining the ICD, he worked as a Senior Designer for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York and London applying computational approaches at various design stages.

Tobias studied architecture at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany and at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He received his diploma-engineering degree in 2005.

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Dylan Wood is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart.  At ICD Dylan leads the Institute’s research on programmable matter and materials. His research is focused on developing intelligent design and fabrication principles for ‘smart’ materials as a form of material robotics that can be applied in building systems, construction, and manufacturing. He holds a ITECH, MSc. from the University of Stuttgart, and a B.Arch, from the University of Southern California. Professionally he has worked as a designer and computational fabrication specialist at Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin, and DOSU Studio Architects in Los Angeles.