Professor Achim Menges
AA Dipl.(Hons.) RIBA II, Architect BDA, AKH
Achim Menges is a registered architect in Frankfurt and full professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the director of the Cluster of Excellence Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC). In addition, he has been Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and held multiple other visiting professorships in Europe and the United States. He graduated with honours from the Architectural Association, AA School of Architecture in London, where he subsequently taught as Studio Master and Unit Master in the AA Graduate School and the AA Diploma School.
The focus of Achim Menges’ practice and research is on the development of integrative design at the intersection of computational design methods, robotic manufacturing and construction, as well as advanced material and building systems. His work is based on an interdisciplinary approach in collaboration with structural engineering, system engineering, production engineering, computer science, material science, natural science as well as social science and the humanities. He is the director of the interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC). With an initial funding period of seven years, a Cluster of Excellence is the most significant and substantial grant awarded by the German Research Foundation. For the very first time, a Cluster of Excellence has been awarded to the field of Architecture.
Achim Menges has published several books on this work and related fields of design research, and he is the author/co-author of numerous scientific papers and articles. His projects and design research has received many international awards, has been published and exhibited worldwide, and form parts of several renowned museum collections, among others, the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Achim Menges is a member of several international research evaluation boards (i.e. SNF Swiss National Fonds, ISF Israel Science Foundation, AVNUR Italian Ministry of Education and Research, FCT Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) and a member of numerous scientific committees of leading peer-reviewed international journals and conferences (i.e. TECHNE Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, IJAC International Journal of Architectural Computing, Architectural Design Journal, CAD Journal, ACADIA Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, AAG Advances in Architectural Geometry, ALGODE Algorithmic Design, FABRICATE Digital Fabrication in Architecture).