Thomas Wortmann received his Diplom-Ingenieur in Architecture at the University of Kassel, where he studied under the pioneering digital architect Lars Spuybroek and Manfred Grohmann, one of the founders of the well-known structural engineering firm Bollinger + Grohmann.
After working three years at NOX, Lars Spuybroek’s practice in Rotterdam, he continued his education with a Master of Science in Design and Computation at MIT. In 2018, he received his PhD in Architecture and Sustainable Design from Singapore University of Technology and Design. His PhD thesis received the university’s “Best Dissertation” award. Before joining the ICD at the University of Stuttgart as Tenure-track Professor for Computing in Architecture, Thomas taught at National University of Singapore and held a position at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.
His research interests are the use of computational methods such as optimization, multi-variate visualization and machine learning in architectural design processes. He is the lead developer of Opossum, an award-winning, machine-learning based optimization tool that has been download over 5.000 times.