Simon Schleicher received a Masters degree from MIT in Architecture and a Bachelors degree with Honours from the University of Stuttgart. Simon is currently working as Research Associate / Cand. Dr.-Ing. at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design. The institute is headed by Prof. Dr. Jan Knippers. His research aims to transfer bending and folding mechanisms found in plant movements to elastic systems in architecture. His work has won various awards including the International Bionic-Award 2012, the DETAIL prize 2011, the Ralph Adam Cram Award 2010, the Imre Halasz Thesis Prize 2009, the British Institution Award 2007, and the Pininfarina-Förderpreis 2006. Simon was recipient of a Departmental Scholarship Award as well as a Merit-Based Full-Tuition Scholarship at MIT. Furthermore, he received grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), which awards the top 0.7% of German students.