Creative collaborations between architects, fabricators and engineers, are taking on a more research based design strategy. New design methodologies are triggered by challenging relationships between elements and their performance in terms of fabrication, and our understanding and ability to model and predict structural behaviour.

Collaboratively there is a search for new design solutions that are unique yet predictable and easy to fabricate. An overlap between design drivers that affect structure as well as material, form and aesthetics. Sometimes these solutions are driven or enabled by new technologies, sometimes old ones are reinterpreted.

This lecture discusses a range of projects, where there is an overlap between rules that affect structure, material and form, convincing in new structural material strategies. Projects include a structure made of seaweed, and paper pulp and a brick necklace facade. The interest here lies in how geometry, fabrication and structural design inform one another and the process of design. Through feedback loops there is an integrated design philosophy.

Manja van de Worp – Principal NOUS Engineering London

Manja van de Worp is a trained Architect and Structural Engineer from the Netherlands and completed a postgraduate in Emergent Technologies and Design at the AA in 2007. Her expertise lies in the translation of an idea into a working structural design, relating fabrication, materiality and geometry, working closely with architects and artists.

She has worked for Arup in London in the Advanced Geometry Unit and at the Advanced Technology and Research group in ARUP, designing structures with a complex geometry and moveable structures.

Manja has Launched NOUS engineering LONDON in 2013 an engineering consultancy bearing extensive knowledge of advanced structural analysis tools, complex structural systems, materials and fabrication technologies. Current projects involve a FRP shell and a modular steel roof structure.

Manja holds a permanent teaching position at the Architectural Association and the IAAC in Barcelona and teaches various workshops to architecture students, engineers and fashion designers worldwide.

NOUS Engineering

With offices in London and Los Angeles, NOUS Engineering offers sophisticated bespoke engineering solutions to architects, artists and developers.

We seek out synergies between engineering and design, and are continually adapting to engage with advanced simulation software and cross-platform links between design, structure and fabrication. Our recent work includes projects in Africa, China, the US and UK, ranging from public art to architectural installations to community based projects to large-scale residential and high-rise construction.

Our collaborative approach, sound technical experience and commitment to innovation are reflected in the value we bring to each and every project.

1. Ruins studio: Dumfries Scotland: LilyJencks_Nathanael Dorent [2016]

Ruins studio: Dumfries Scotland: LilyJencks_Nathanael Dorent [2016]
Ruins studio: Dumfries Scotland: LilyJencks_Nathanael Dorent [2016]
Ruins studio: Dumfries Scotland: LilyJencks_Nathanael Dorent [2016]

2. Coachella: Paper pulp Pavilion, Palm Springs, USA BallNogues [2015]

Coachella: Paper pulp Pavilion, Palm Springs, USA BallNogues [2015]
Coachella: Paper pulp Pavilion, Palm Springs, USA BallNogues [2015]

3. Oki Naganode: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Julia Lohmann [2013]

Oki Naganode: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Julia Lohmann [2013]

Image credits: © Manja van de Worp / NOUS Engineering