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Nathan Melenbrink

B.Arch., M.DesS, Dr.-Ing.

Doctoral Candidate
2016 - 2021


Selected Publications:

N. King, N.Melenbrink, N.Cote, and G. Fagerstrom: 2016. “BUILD-ing the Lo-Fab Pavilion: Dynamo-driven collaborative robotic fabrication workflows for the construction of spatial structures” in Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Robots in Architecture, Art, and Design (RobArch), May 2016

Melenbrink, Nathan, and Nathan King: 2015. Fulldome Interfacing, Emerging Experience in Past, Present and Future of Digital Architecture, Proceedings of the 20th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2015) / Daegu 20-22 May 2015, pp. 221-230

Nathan Melenbrink was a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart from 2016 - 2021. After completing his doctoral degree in 2021, he become Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University.

Nathan held a residency as a Research Fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, where his research focused on swarm robotics for construction. He was also co-teaching a new course called "How to Design [almost] Anything" at MIT. Prior to relocating to Cambridge, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong Shanghai Study Center from 2012 through 2014. His previous professional experience includes UNStudio Shanghai, Playze China Co. Ltd., OCEAN.CN and the East China Architectural Design & Research Institute in Shanghai. Previous academic experience includes parametric urbanism research at the University of Hong Kong, as well as a visiting tutorship at the University of Nottingham (Ningbo, China), the Architectural Association’s Shanghai Visiting School, and an Adjunct Faculty position at Virginia Tech.



  • 2015 "Design Technology" Lecture at the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies, sponsored by the Digital Mentorship Collaborative (DMCO) bi-annual lecture series. Blacksburg, VA; April 17th.
  • 2015 "Computation + Design" Lecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Architecture, Providence, RI; January 10th
  • 2014 Fulldome Projections: Interfacing Ephemeral Urbanism, organizer and Cluster Champion for a research cluster at the SmartGeometry conference in Hong Kong
  • 2013 “Applied Computation and the Digital Toolbox” Lecture at the Shanghai Food for Thought series, sponsored by the AIA and the Architect@Work Conference, December 4th.
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