Lecture @Akron Art Museum

This Thursday, November 17th,  I will be giving a lecture at the Akron Art Museum as part of the Synapse Lecture Series. Stop by if you are in the area.

The Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science. This initiative at The University of Akron probes the ideas, images, and mutual interests connecting art and science professionals and disciplines. The Synapse series is funded through the generous support of the Knight Foundation.

For more information visit: https://akronartmuseum.org/calendar/synapse-lecture-simon-schleicher/10869

picture credit: Akron Art Museum


Presentation @ACADIA2016

On Thursday, October 27th I will present my joint research with Riccardo La Magna on “Bending-acitve Plates: Form-finding and Form-conversion” during this year’s ACADIA conference at the Taubman College at the University of Michigan. The full paper can be found here:




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.