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Dylan Wood

Assistant Professor, Architecture
Office: 318 Lawrence Hall
Research Interests: material computation, wood construction and architecture, lightweight structures

Dylan Wood is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, with a focus on computational design and advanced manufacturing for timber construction. In parallel, he is the co-founder of the spin-off company hylo tech and research fellow at the University of Stuttgart. His research centers on developing integrative approaches for utilizing sustainable building materials in new forms of architecture and buildings construction.  These methods explore how a computational understand of bio based materials, such as wood, enable simple, ecological and material effective construction and new geometric opportunities.

Wood, was educated in architecture (BArch, 2011) at the University of Southern California, and later completed an Masters of Science (MSc, ITECH, 2014) . and Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing., 2021), with distinction from the University of Stuttgart. His doctoral research on self-shaping wood manufacturing was conducted in collaboration with ETH Zurich  and jointly funded by the Swiss Innovation Agency (InnoSussie), the German Federal Environmental foundation (DBU), and GETTYLAB. His work as both a designer and researcher at the University of Stuttgart lead to industry adaptation of technologies in full scale building demonstrators, such as the Urbach Tower, HygroShell, and the Biomimetic Shell at FIT. His interdisciplinary work in design and science has resulted in over 30 peer-reviewed publications and received international recognition.

From 2019-2023 Dylan, led the Material Programming Research Group at the University of Stuttgart’s internationally recognized Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), and has worked as a designer and digital fabrication expert at Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin and DOSU Studio Architecture in Los Angeles.


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Selected Publications


Tahouni, Y., Cheng, T., Lajewski, S., Benz, J. Bonten, C. Wood, D., Menges, A.:2023, Codesign of Biobased Cellulose-Filled Filaments and Mesostructures for 4D Printing Humidity Responsive Smart Structures, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.(


Self-shaping wood for manufacturing and construction

Wood, D.: 2021, Material programming for fabrication : integrative computational design for self-shaping curved wood building components in architecture. ICD Research Report No. 6, Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart. (

Wood, D., Grönquist, P., Bechert, S., Aldinger, L., Riggenbach, D., Lehmann, K., Rüggeberg, M., Burgert, I., Knippers, J., Menges, A.: 2020, From Machine Control to Material Programming: Self-Shaping Wood Manufacturing of a High Performance Curved CLT Structure -- Urbach Tower, in Burry, J., Sabin, J., Sheil, B., Skavara, M. (eds.), Fabricate 2020: Making Resilient Architecture, UCL Press, London, pp. 50-57. (

Grönquist, P., Wood, D., Hassani, M., Wittel, F., Menges, A., Rüggeberg, M.: 2019, Analysis of hygroscopic self-shaping wood at large scale for curved mass timber structures, Science Advances, Vol. 5 No. 9, pp. eaax1311. (doi:10.1126/sciadv.aax1311 )

Wood, D. , Vailati, C., Menges, A., Rüggeberg, M.: 2018, Hygroscopically actuated wood elements for weather responsive and self-forming building parts- Facilitating upscaling and complex shape changes. Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, March 2018, DOI:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.12.134

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

4D printing and adaptive systems

Wood, D., Cheng, T., Tahouni, Y., Menges, A.: 2023, Material Programming for Bio-inspired and Bio-based Hygromorphic Building Envelopes, in Wang, J. (eds.), Advanced Materials in Smart Building Skins for Sustainability, Springer Nature Switzerland. (ISBN: 978-3031096945, doi:10.1007/978-3-031-09695-2_4)

Cheng, T., Thielen, M., Poppinga, S., Tahouni, Y., Wood, D., Steinberg, T., Menges, A., Speck, T.: 2021, Bio‐Inspired Motion Mechanisms: Computational Design and Material Programming of Self‐Adjusting 4D‐Printed Wearable Systems. Advanced Science, 2100411. (DOI: 10.1002/advs.202100411) 

Tahouni, Y., Cheng, T., Wood, D., Sachse, R., Thierer, R., Bischoff, M., Menges, A.: 2020, Self-shaping Curved Folding: a 4D-printing method for fabrication of curved creased origami structures. In Symposium on Computational Fabrication (SCF '20), November 5–6, 2020, Virtual Event, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA. (doi: 10.1145/3424630.3425416)

Giachini, P., Gupta, S., Wang, W., Wood, D., Yunusa, M., Baharlou, E., Sitti, M., Menges, A.: 2020, Additive manufacturing of cellulose-based materials with continuous, multidirectional stiffness gradients, Science Advances, Vol. 6, No. 8. (doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aay0929) URL