Lecture at SEMM Seminar

This Monday, I will present my work on “Bio-inspired Flexible Structures” at UC Berkeley’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Stop by if you are in the area. 
Monday, September 26, 12-1pm, 502 Davis Hall
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Paper at AAG2016

Riccardo La Magna, Simon Schleicher, and Jan Knippers just presented their recent research on “Bending-active Plates: Form and Structure” during the AAG2016 conference at ETH Zurich. Link: goo.gl/SxOQny


Berkeley Weave

Doctoral Thesis Online


My doctoral thesis on Bio-inspired Compliant Mechanisms for Architectural Design is finally online. I want to particularly thank all those who have made my adventurous path possible and continue to support me!

Schleicher, S. (2015). Bio-inspired compliant mechanisms for architectural design: transferring bending and folding principles of plant leaves to flexible kinetic structures.

Order Bound Edition: http://goo.gl/NXo7Wo

Open Access URL: http://goo.gl/Pt9q3O


Bio-inspired Compliant Mechanisms for Architectural Design


Plywood Installations at Berkeley Circus 2016

Riccardo La Magna and I show our latest plywood installations at the Berkeley Circus 2016.

With our research on bending-active structures, we investigate curved beams and surfaces shaped not by plastically deforming initially planar elements, as is done in traditional manufacturing, but by elastic deformation. In the resulting lightweight structures, bending is not avoided but instrumentalized to create complex curved geometries on the basis of standard, semi-finished building products.

More information about these projects is coming up…



Plywood Installations at Berkeley Circus 2016

My students and I are getting ready for the Berkeley Circus 2016 with great plywood installations by Riccardo La Magna and me.


STUDIO ONE – Bio-inspired Design and Fabrication

Coming up this Fall


STUDIO ONE 2016/17 – Bio-inspired Design and Fabrication

STUDIO ONE is a one-year post-professional program for students with a professional (accredited Bachelor of Architecture) degree. A two-semester studio course makes up the core of the program intended for those interested in exploring innovative and experimental design issues through a research-oriented and multidisciplinary approach. It is supplemented by seminars, lectures, and workshops in architectural design, engineering, and natural sciences with the opportunity to take electives at the College of Environmental Design. Students who complete the program will receive a non-professional Master of Architecture degree.

For 2016-17, STUDIO ONE has the theme “Bio-inspired Design and Fabrication” and will be directed by Assistant Professor Simon Schleicher. The goal of the studio is to venture out into the unchartered territories and common frontier between architecture, engineering, and biology. It seeks to forge interdisciplinary and cross-professional alliances to provoke a novel design paradigm based on the integration of multifaceted methodologies and informed processes. The main focus in this respect will be on re-examining and merging the areas of biomimetics, computational design, structural analysis, material-based fabrication and construction.

The studio will follow an inquiry-oriented, experiment-based, and project-driven research agenda. Based on an intensive, critical, and analytical approach to cutting-edge design and construction methods, the studio aims to go one step further by taking inspiration from flexible and resilient structures found in nature. By closely investigating biological structures for their efficiency and adaptability and by abstracting their underlying construction principles into suitable architectural systems, the studio will challenge our present understanding with new bio-inspired fabrication and construction concepts. STUDIO ONE students will design and fabricate models and large-scale demonstrations that showcase the potential of biologically informed design concepts that anticipate a new foundation for lightweight, multifunctional, and sustainable architecture.

Form-finding and Design Potentials of Bending-active Plate Structures

Find here a link to my recent publication on “Form-finding and Design Potentials of Bending-active Plate Structures”. This work was featured at the Design Modelling Symposium 2015 in Copenhagen