Simon Schleicher

Research Expertise and Interest

biomimetics, structural engineering, architectural design, 3D printing, 3D scanning, digital fabrication, fabrication, composite structures, finite element analysis, parametric design, bio-inspired structures, robotics manufacturing, robotics

Research Description

Simon Schleicher is an architectural designer, researcher, and educator from Germany whose work combines architecture, engineering, and biology. Simon works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. Simon holds a doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from the University of Stuttgart and a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT. Simon works in the areas of bio-inspired design, lightweight and material-efficient structures, parametric design, digital fabrication, and robotic construction. For his research, Simon was recently awarded the prestigious Bakar Fellowship and the Hellman Fellowship.

Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, Simon was project manager for the first ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion in 2010, which won the DETAIL prize and was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Simon has won several awards, including the Gips-Schüle Research Prize, the International Bionic Award, the Ralph Adam Cram Award, the Imre Halasz Thesis Prize, the British Institution Award, and the Pininfarina Förderpreis Prize. During his studies at MIT, Simon received a Merit-Based Full-Tuition Scholarship and scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the prestigious German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes).

In the News

Putting a new roof over our heads

More than a billion people around the world – hundreds of millions of families – can’t afford secure housing. Researchers project the housing gap will nearly double within a decade. Simon Schleicher is part of a new generation of architects and engineers developing novel designs and construction technologies to ramp up production of affordable homes.  The Bakar Fellows program supports his research to advance the use of 3D printing in home construction.
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