Assistant Professor

David Correa's research looks at biological structures and processes as a source of insight for the development of new fabrication processes and advanced materials. The research aims at implementing state of the art digital fabrication tools (robotic manipulators, 3D printers and CNC milling) to develop innovative and high-performance design solutions for industrial and architectural applications. Current inter-disciplinary research initiatives include weather responsive shape active facade components (in collaboration with BASF and Plant Biomechanics group at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg), large scale bio-based cellulose 3D printing (University of British Columbia) and advanced robotic fabrication of timber structures (Centre for Advanced Wood Processing and School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture, UBC).  David is a Design Partner at llLab, an experimental design collaboration based in Shanghai and he is also completing is Doctorate in Engineering at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) under the supervision of Professor Achim Menges at the University of Stuttgart. David initiated and led the research field of Bio-inspired 3D Printed Programmable Material Systems at the ICD and he was program coordinator for the Integrated Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH MSc) at the University of Stuttgart (2013-15).

Core teaching areas include Bio-inspired Design, Advanced Manufacturing, Architectural Visualization & Analysis and Programmable Materials for Architecture.

Professional Practice:

llLab – Design Laboratory

Research Interests:

Bio-Materials, 4D Printing, Bio-inspired Design, Adaptive and Self-forming systems, Advanced Fabrication.

Selected Publications:

Correa, D., Krieg, O., Meyboom, A., 2019, Beyond Form Definition: Material informed digital fabrication in timber construction in Bianconi, F., Filippucci, M., (eds) Digital Wood Design. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 24.  Springer, Cham.

Dierichs, K., Wood, D., Correa, D., Menges, A., 2017, Smart Granular Materials: Prototypes for Hygroscopically Actuated Shape-Changing Particles in Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) (ISBN 978-0-692-96506-1  Cambridge, MA 2-4 November, 2017), pp. 222-231

Campbell, S., Correa, D., Wood, D., Menges, A.: 2017, Modular Mycellia: Scaling Fungal Growth for Architectural Assembly in proceedings of the 5th eCAADe Regional International Symposium, The Virtual and the Physical Between the representation of space and the making of space. Cardiff, Whales, UK. pp 125-134

Correa, D., Menges, A.: 2017, Fused Filament Fabrication for Multi-Kinematic-State Climate Responsive Apertures, in Fabricate – Rethinking Design and Construction [Proceedings of the Fabricate Conference 2017], Stuttgart, pp. 190–195. (ISBN 978 1 78735 001 4)

Correa, D., Papadopoulou, A., Guberan, C., Jhaveri, N., Reichert, S., Menges, A., and Tibbits, S., : 2015, 3D Printed Wood: Programming Hygroscopic material transformation. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, Volume 2, No.3, Mary Ann Liebert. pp.106-116. DOI: 10.1089/3dp.2015.0022

Wood, D. , Correa, D., Krieg, O., Menges, A.: 2016, Material computation—4D timber construction: Towards building-scale hygroscopic actuated, self-constructing timber surfaces, International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), Sage, February 2016, DOI: 10.1177/1478077115625522

Correa, D. Menges, A.:2015, 3D Printed Hygroscopic Programmable Material Systems, in Sabin, J., Gutierrez, P., Santangelo, C., MRS Proceedings, Volume 1800, mrss15-2134303 DOI:10.1557/opl.2015.644

Krieg, O., Christian, Z., Correa, D., Menges, A., Reichert, S., Rinderspacher, K., Schwinn, T.: 2014, HygroSkin: Meteorosensitive Pavilion, in Gramazio, F., Kohler, M., Langenberg, S. (eds.), Fabricate: Negotiating Design and Making, Zürich, pp. 272-279. (ISBN 978-3-85676-331-2)

Reichert, S., Menges, A., Correa, D.: 2014, Meteorosensitive Architecture: Biomimetic Building Skins Based on Materially Embedded and Hygroscopically Enabled Responsiveness, CAD Journal, Elsevier, June 2014, DOI: 10.1016/j.cad.2014.02.010 (ISSN 0010-4485)

Correa, D., Krieg, O., Menges, A., Reichert, S., Rinderspacher, K.: 2013, HygroSkin: A prototype project for the development of a constructional and climate responsive architectural system based on the elastic and hygroscopic properties of wood, in Beesley, P., Del Barrio, A., Khan, O., Stacey, M., van Overbeeke, E. (eds.), Proceedings of the 33nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) – Adaptive Architecture, Waterloo, pp. 33-42. (ISBN 978-1-926724-22-5)

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