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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 


Project Videos: Out of Plane Exhibition

Compilation of videos featured at the “Out of Plane: Designing Flexible Structures” Exhibition at UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture.

Out of Plane: Designing Flexible Structures from Simon Schleicher on Vimeo.

Out of Plane Exhibition at UC Berkeley

Dear friends, thank you all for joining me for the reception of the Out of Plane Exhibition at UC Berkeley.
Many thanks to all our sponsors who supported this exhibition various ways:
CARA – California Research Alliance by BASF, Autodesk Pier9SOFiSTiK AGUC Berkeley Department of ArchitectureUniversity of Stuttgart Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE)
Finally, my special gratitude also to all the collaborators and helpers who helped me pull this of and contributed to this show with their amazing work!
If you haven’t seen the exhibition yet, come check it out till November 25th.


Talk @MRS Conference in SF

Upcoming presentation at the MRS Conference on “Adaptive Architecture and Programmable Matter” in SF. Stop by if you are around. My presentation will be on Wednesday, April 8th at 2:30pm. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Student Presentation at Berkeley Circus 2015

Congratulations to my seminar students Jianjia, Yawen, Dairan, Shima, Eleanna, Kyle, and Andrew for presenting their exciting work at this years Berkeley Circus! And special thanks to our Distinguished Visiting Fellows Mary Comerio, Stefanie Hickl, Caitlin Brostrom, Mauricio Soto, Björn Hartmann, Guy Morrow, and David Friedman for your inspiring and constructive feedback, we will definitely build up on it for this semester’s “Bending and Folding Structures 2” seminar.


Lecture at Berkeley Circus 2015

If you happen to be near the College of Environmental Design (CED) on March 6th, stop by the Berkeley Circus. It will be a great opportunity to see current work of students and faculty. In addition, I will be giving a lecture at 12pm in room 104 Wurster Hall.

For more information visit the official website.


Simon Schleicher

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