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Dylan Wood

M.Sc. (Dist) BArch (Hons)

Research Group Leader | Material Programming
2015 - Current


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Tahouni, Y., Cheng, T., Wood, D., Sachse, R., Thierer, R., Bischoff, M., Menges, A.: 2020, Self-shaping Curved Folding: a 4D-printing method for fabrication of curved creased origami structures. In Symposium on Computational Fabrication (SCF '20), November 5–6, 2020, Virtual Event, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA. (doi: 10.1145/3424630.3425416)


Cheng, T., Tahouni, Y., Wood, D., Stolz, B., Mulhaupt, R., Menges, A.: 2020, Multifunctional Mesostructures: Design and Material Programming for 4D-printing. In Symposium on Computational Fabrication (SCF '20), November 5–6, 2020, Virtual Event, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA. (doi: 10.1145/3424630.3425418)


Grönquist, P., Panchadcharam, P., Wood, D., Menges, A., Rüggeberg, M., Wittel, F.K.: 2020, Computational analysis of hygromorphic self-shaping wood gridshell structures. Royal Society Open Science 7, pp. 192210. (doi: 

Cheng, T., Wood, D., Wang, X., Yuan, P., Menges, A.: 2020, Programming Material Intelligence: An Additive Fabrication Strategy for Self-Shaping Biohybrid Components. Living Machines: Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems.

Wood, D., Grönquist, P., Bechert, S., Aldinger, L., Riggenbach, D., Lehmann, K., Rüggeberg, M., Burgert, I., Knippers, J., Menges, A.: 2020, From Machine Control to Material Programming: Self-Shaping Wood Manufacturing of a High Performance Curved CLT Structure -- Urbach Tower, in Burry, J., Sabin, J., Sheil, B., Skavara, M. (eds.), Fabricate 2020: Making Resilient Architecture, UCL Press, London, pp. 50-57. (ISBN: 978-1-78735-812-6)

Giachini, P., Gupta, S., Wang, W., Wood, D., Yunusa, M., Baharlou, E., Sitti, M., Menges, A.: 2020, Additive manufacturing of cellulose-based materials with continuous, multidirectional stiffness gradients, Science Advances, Vol. 6, No. 8. (doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aay0929) URL

Grönquist, P., Wood, D., Hassani, M., Wittel, F., Menges, A., Rüggeberg, M.: 2019, Analysis of hygroscopic self-shaping wood at large scale for curved mass timber structures, Science Advances, Vol. 5 No. 9, pp. eaax1311. (doi:10.1126/sciadv.aax1311 ) URL

Aldinger, L., Bechert, S., Wood, D., Knippers, J., Menges, A.: 2020, Design and Structural Modelling of Surface-Active Timber Structures Made from Curved CLT – Urbach Tower, Remstal Gartenschau 2019, in Gengnagel, C., Baverel, O., Burry, J., Ramsgaard Thomsen, M., Weinzierl, S. (Eds.), Impact: Design With All Senses, Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 419-432. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-29829-6 33)

Leder S., Weber R., Wood D. Bucklin O., Menges A.: 2019, Distributed Robotic Timber Construction Designing of in-situ timber construction system with robot-material collaboration in  ACADIA – Ubiquity and Autonomy [Proceedings of the ACADIA Conference 2019], Austin, TX.

Leder, S., Weber, R., Bucklin, 0., Wood, D., Menges, A.: 2019, Design and prototyping of a single axis, building material integrated, distributed robotic assembly system, in 2019 IEEE: 4th International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*), 3rd International Workshop on Self-Organised Construction (SOCO), Umea, Sweden.

Garufi, D., Wagner, H.J., Bechert, S., Schwinn, T., Wood, D., Menges, A., Knippers, J.: 2018, Fibrous Timber Joints for Lightweight Segmented Hybrid Timber Shell , in“Digital Timber Construction”, Research Culture in Architecture conference on cross-disciplinary collaboration, Faculty of Architecture, TU Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Leder, S., Weber, R., Bucklin, O., Wood, D., Menges, A.: 2018, Towards Distributed In-Situ Robotic Timber Construction, in "Robotics in Timber Construction", , Research Culture in Architecture conference on cross-disciplinary collaboration, Faculty of Architecture, TU Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Wood, D. , Vailati, C., Menges, A., Rüggeberg, M.: 2018, Hygroscopically actuated wood elements for weather responsive and self-forming building parts- Facilitating upscaling and complex shape changes. Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, March 2018, DOI:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.12.134

Wood, D., Yablonina, M., Aflalo, M., Chen, J., Tahanzadeh, B., Menges, A.: 2018, Cyber Physical Macro Material as a UAV [re]Configurable Architectural System, in Willmann J., Block P., Hutter M., Byrne K., Schork T. (eds) Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2018. ROBARCH 2018, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-92294-2_25

Wood, D. , Correa, D., Krieg, O., Menges, A.: 2016, Material computation—4D timber construction: Towards building-scale hygroscopic actuated, self-constructing timber surfaces, International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), Sage, February 2016, DOI: 10.1177/1478077115625522

Dierichs, K., Wood, D., Correa, D., Menges, A.: 2017, Smart Granular Materials: Prototypes for Hygroscopically Actuated Shape-Changing Particles, in ACADIA – Disciplines & Disruption [Proceedings of the ACADIA Conference 2017], Cambridge, MA, pp. 222-231. (ISBN: 978-0-692-96506-1)

Wood, D., Brütting, J., Menges, A.: 2018, Self-Forming Curved Timber Plates: Initial Design Modeling for Shape-Changing Material Buildups, in IASS – Creativity in Structural Design [Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018], Cambridge, MA.

Forestiero, D., Xenos, N., Wood, D., Baharlou, E.: 2018,Low-tech Shape-Shifting Space Frames, in IASS – Creativity in Structural Design [Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018], Cambridge, MA.

ITECH MSc. Program

  • ITECH Masters Thesis Topic – Material Programming and Robotics
  • ITECH Masters Thesis Preparation Topic – Material Programming and Robotics
  • ITECH Research Structure and Communications Module

ITECH MSc. Thesis Project Supervision (Selected):


Dylan Wood is a research group leader at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart. At ICD Dylan leads the Material Programming Research Group and teaches graduate students in related topics. His research is focused on developing intelligent design and fabrication principles for 'smart' shape-changing materials as a form of material robotics that can be applied in building systems, construction, and manufacturing. He has worked extensively in collaboration with material science partners at the ETH, Zurich, EMPA, Dübendorf, and the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Plank Institute for Physical Systems, Stuttgart. His current doctoral research is funded by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI / KTI), and the Getty Foundation’s GettyLab. He holds an ITECH, MSc. with distinction from the University of Stuttgart, and a B.Arch, magna cum laude from the University of Southern California. Professionally he has worked as a designer and computational fabrication specialist at Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin, Germany and DOSU Studio Architects in Los Angeles, CA.

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Selected Media:

Programming Elegance -University of Stuttgart - Research Magazine

Cool New Method Curves Wood Without Machines - Popular Mechanics

Tall twisting tower is made from wood that shapes itself as it dries - New Scientist

These researchers invented an entirely new way of building with wood - Fast Company

Building with wood that bends itself into shape - ETH Zurich

Wood that shapes itself -Empa News

Wie bringt Holz sich selbst in Form? – P.M Wissen - Servus TV

With a new technology, wood gets itself into shape - NZZ (Switzerland)

University of Stuttgart makes Urbach Tower from self-shaping wood - DEZEEN

Self-shaping timber could rival CLT for structural use - RIBA Journal

This Week in Tech: Constructing with Deforming Wood—Intentionally - ARCHITECT Magazine

Urbach Tower Pioneers "Self-Shaping" Wood Construction Technique - Core77

Interview to Dylan Wood: the Urbach Tower and wood panels that curve on their own - Design Wanted

Stuttgart tiene una torre de madera inteligente única en el mundo - Condé Nast - Traveler

This Curved Tower in Stuttgart Was Formed Without Machines - DEPARTURES

Landmark Tower in Germany is Built out of Self-Shaping Wood - Avontuura

A Unique Landmark Built From Self-Shaping Wood- SCALE

Self-Twisting Urbach Tower - Cool Material

Masters students propose canopy that uses drones to continuously adapt - Design boom

A building that moves by itself - RIBA Journal





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