Oliver David Krieg is an expert in computational design and digital fabrication in architecture. His research is characterized by a focus on integrative processes and close collaborations between engineering, biology, material science, sustainability analysis, building physics, and fabrication. As group leader of the Computational Wood Architecture group at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction, his work aims to employ the reciprocities between technology and material characteristics in order to rethink how architecture will be designed, fabricated, and constructed in the future.

With a profound interest in computational design processes and robotic fabrication in architecture, Oliver has led and participated in several research and built projects around the world that explore new potentials in timber construction. Working with wood as a natural but highly performative building material with differentiated properties, has enabled novel potentials that allow for exceedingly individualised and complex building elements and construction systems. In order to unlock this potential, an interdisciplinary and multi-facetted approach is required. The resulting material systems and prototypes evaluate the structural and spatial possibilities, ultimately pushing the boundaries of today’s architectural design research.

Prior to joining the ICD, Oliver David Krieg worked at both Foster + Partners (2009) and Barkow Leibinger Architects (2011) as an Assistant Architect. With the completion of his Diploma degree in 2012 at the University of Stuttgart, he received the faculty’s Diploma Prize for outstanding work. Since the beginning of 2010, Oliver was also a Graduate Assistant at the institute’s robotic prototype laboratory.

Oliver David Krieg has taught workshops at the RobArch 2012 and RobArch 2016 conferences, at UBC Vancouver and Tongji University Shanghai, and has given lectures at several national and international conferences in architectural design and timber construction. He has also been teaching seminars and studios at the University of Stuttgart in the context of his research since 2012. For the duration of his dissertation, Oliver is a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation. His projects at the ICD have won many national and international awards and have been published in numerous magazines worldwide.

contact: oliver[a]davidkrieg.com

Project Awards

2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year 2017
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16
2016 Competition Campus 2016 Teaching Award
Workshop “Robot-Assisted Assembly in Wood Construction”
2016 German Design Award Special 2016
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall
2015 Wilhelm-Klauditz-Preis 2015
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall
2015 Timber Construction Award Baden-Wuerttemberg 2015
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall
2015 Beispielhaftes Bauen Ostalbkreis 2009-2014
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall
2014 Rob|Arch Pioneering Research Award
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall
2012 Wood Construction Award Baden-Wuerttemberg: Special Award Innovation
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011
2012 International Design Award 2011 Second Prize in Architecture
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011
2012 Lightweight Structures Award 2011
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011
2011 Deutscher Holzbaupreis: Honourable Mention
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2010

Work Experience

10/2017 – present Computational Wood Architecture Group Leader
Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD)
10/2012 – present Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate at the
Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD)
03/2010 – 10/2012 Graduate Assistant at the RoboLab
10/2011 – 03/2012 Assistant Architect at Barkow Leibinger Architekten, Berlin
10/2008 – 04/2009 Assistant Architect at Foster+Partners, London
06/2005 – 10/2008 Editor for game modifications on the Krawall Gaming Network


01/2014 – 12/2016 PhD Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation
06/2009 – 10/2012 Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation
04/2012 – 10/2012 Diploma project “Connecting Intelligence” wins Diploma Price
10/2008 – 10/2009 Elected student member of the board of the School of Architecture

Education and Qualification

10/2006 – 10/2012 University of Stuttgart, Faculty for Architecture
04/2007 – 10/2009 Member of the faculty’s student council
09/2009 – 02/2010 Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst, Sint-Lucas, Belgium


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