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Martin Bechthold

Martin Bechthold


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Martin Bechthold is Professor of Architectural Technology at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), and Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. He was Baumer Visiting Professor at Ohio State University, and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Structural Design at the TU Graz. He directs the GSD’s Doctor of Design program and is the founding director of the school’s Material Processes and Systems Group (MaPS). The MaPS research unit has positioned material innovation at the center of its investigations, with a group of faculty, researchers and students investigating a broad range of topics from ceramics and life cycle design to design robotics. MaPS also hosts the Adaptive Living Environments (ALivE) project, a multi-year collaboration with material scientists from the Wyss Institute that has developed novel material systems for buildings and products. Bechthold is the co-author of STRUCTURES (7th edition, Prentice Hall 2013), DIGITAL DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING (Wiley 2004) as well as the author of INNOVATIVE SURFACE STRUCTURES (Taylor & Francis, 2008), a book that addresses the increasing conflation of structural design and digital fabrication techniques through the microcosm of thin shells and membranes. His most recent book is CERAMIC MATERIAL SYSTEMS. Bechthold has taught workshops and lectures internationally. His design research on ceramics has been exhibited annually at the Valencia-based CEVISAMA since 2012. He was awarded the 2014 ACADIA Innovative Research Award of Excellence.


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Martin Bechthold joined the Climate CoLab communityOct 2, 2015