Achim Menges, born 1975, is a registered architect and professor at Stuttgart University where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design (since 2008). Currently he also is Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (since 2009). He graduated with honours from the AA School of Architecture where he subsequently taught as Studio Master of the Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Program (2002-09), as visiting professor (2009-12) and as Unit Master of Diploma Unit 4 (2003-06).
Achim Menges’ practice and research focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and robotic fabrication that enables a highly articulated, performative built environment. His work is based on an interdisciplinary approach in collaboration with structural engineers, computer scientists, material scientists and biologists. Achim Menges has published numerous books on this work and related fields of design research, and he is the author/co-author of numerous articles and scientific papers. His projects and design research work has received various international awards, has been published and exhibited worldwide, and forms part of several renowned museum collections, among others, the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.