Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, University of Miami
Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos received his PhD in 2012 from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. From 2012 to 2014, he joined Princeton University as Postdoctoral Researcher in the Form-Finding Lab. Since January 2015, he has been a Professor at the Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering at the University of Miami. His research explores structural morphology and morphogenesis as umbrella concepts. He employs these concepts to identify solutions and design more sustainable and resilient structures through the study of structural and architectural systems, such as tensegrity and hexagonal lattice structures, with applications varying from infrastructure systems and space structures to marine and coastal protection. His work on green/gray protective structures is of great relevance for South Florida and coastal communities around the world. Therefore, the pilot installations that he has been co-designing with local communities have attracted a lot of media attention. His research has been funded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine through the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He is also the recipient of an NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. He currently serves on two American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) committees, the Aerospace Space Engineering & Construction Committee and the Esthetics in Design Committee, as he enjoys expanding engineering boundaries and supporting artistic and educational initiatives that integrate engineering and the arts.