Oliver David Krieg is an expert in computational design and digital fabrication in architecture. As Director of Technology at Intelligent City in Vancouver, Canada, and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, his work aims to enable reciprocities between design, technology and materiality in order to re-conceptualize how architecture can be designed, fabricated, and constructed. His projects are characterized by an integrative approach towards engineering, material science, sustainability, building physics, and manufacturing.

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 has enabled novel potentials that allow for exceedingly individualized and complex building elements and construction systems. In order to unlock this potential, an interdisciplinary and multi-faceted 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 has taught workshops at the University of Sydney, UBC Vancouver and Tongji University Shanghai, and has given lectures at several national and international conferences in architectural design and timber construction. He has been teaching seminars and studios at the University of Stuttgart in the context of his research. Between 2014 and 2017, Oliver was a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation for his dissertation .His projects at the ICD have won many national and international awards and have been published in numerous magazines worldwide.

He recently joined LWPAC and Intelligent City for the development of bespoke digital design and manufacturing methods for multi-storey mass timber construction. In 2018 he founded the design label and explorative platform odk.design.

contact: mail@oliverdavidkrieg.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

04/2018 – present Director of Technology
LWPAC and Intelligent City
03/2018 – present Founder and Principle
10/2012 – present Doctoral Candidate
Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD)
08/2013 – 03/2018 Research Associate Computational Wood Architecture Group Leader
Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD)
03/2010 – 10/2012 Graduate Assistant
RoboLab, University of Stuttgart
10/2011 – 03/2012 Assistant Architect
Barkow Leibinger Architekten, Berlin
10/2008 – 04/2009 Assistant Architect
Foster+Partners, London
06/2005 – 10/2008 Editor for game modifications
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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