Achim Menges is an architect and professor at University of Stuttgart where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design.
In addition, he has been Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He graduated from the AA School of Architecture in London where he subsequently taught as Studio Master of the Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Program from 2002 to 2009 and as Unit Master of Diploma Unit 4 from 2003 to 2006. From 2005 to 2008 he was Professor for Form Generation and Materialisation at the HfG Offenbach University for Art and Design in Germany.
A pioneer in construction innovation, Achim Menges discusses how material characteristics can drive architectural form.
Rather than enhancing standard building systems, he is developing computational techniques to unfold innate material capacity and specific material gestalt. Menges’ research promotes an understanding of form, material and structure not as separate elements, but rather as complex interrelations. His digital workflow considers material behavior, geometric characteristics, manufacturing constraints and assembly logic.