Public Lectures

  • July 2016
    Boston: GlassCon Global Conference
  • July 2014
    Boston: GlassCon Global Conference
  • October 2012
  • April 2014
    New York City: Facades Plus Conference
    Moderator, materials panel
  • August 2013
    Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
    Innovative molded facades
  • April 2013
    Harvard Graduate School of Design
    Structural typologies

Engineering Course

Will Laufs teaches a course titled “The Buckling of Structures” to Engineering Masters students at Columbia University, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Course Outline

CIEN E4213 — Buckling of Structures

  1. Introduction of Buckling
  2. Euler Cases – part 1 (Beams)
  3. Euler Cases – part 2 (Frames)
  4. Euler Cases – part 3 (Wired Systems)
  5. Stability Theory for Structures

Engineering for Architects

Architectural Technology 3 — Advanced Structures

Each fall Will Laufs teaches a course titled “Advanced Structures” to Architecture Masters students at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The course is outlined below.

Course Outline

A4113 — Architectural Technology III

  1. Introduction to Advanced Structures
  2. Loading, Force Flow
  3. Stresses, Deflections
  4. Bending – Beam, Slab, Cantilever
  5. Vertical Elements – Columns, Walls, Foundation
  6. Lateral Systems – Bracing, Frame, Diaphragm
  7. Folding
  8. Formfinding – Membranes, Fabric Structures
  9. Pneumatic Bubbles
  10. Cables, Tensegrity Systems
  11. Shell Structures, Arches, Domes


Biomimicry – Adaptive Dome Grid-Shell Structure

Phyllotaxis – the formally growth pattern of leaves – will follow a spiralling pattern in certain specimen. Our research is focused on studying and producing dome structures that follow the logic of these geometric governing rules. Efficiency governs a plant’s form: leaves are laid out to maximize photosynthesis: they steadily grow in a Fermat’s spiral with Fibonacci numbering. Guided by these principles, we are primarily focused on producing dome structures in urban environments that use these growth patterns to mediate and adapt between buildings to create new environments. We address issues of construction logistics for packaging and fabrication, performing material research in metal, wood, or polycarbonate ribs to support line weight EFTE cushions to make a membrane that brings light into these spaces.