14 April 2020

Nathan Melenbrink – Wyss Institute

CDR– Remote Design Technology Lecture Series

Nathan Melenbrink is an electromechanical engineer at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, where his research focuses on swarm robotics for construction. Prior to relocating to Boston, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong Shanghai Study Center from 2012 through 2014, where he taught courses on digital design.

His previous professional experience as an architect includes UNStudio Shanghai, Playze China Co. Ltd., OCEAN.CN and the East China Architectural Design & Research Institute in Shanghai. Previous academic experience includes teaching positions at MIT, Virginia Tech, the University of Nottingham (Ningbo, China), and the Architectural Association’s Shanghai Visiting School. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Design Studies from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart.


As part of the Center for Design Research’s evolving technologies initiative, Nathan
King and Martin Angst have organized a series of remote lectures focusing on digital
design, fabrication, and robotics as part of their courses Future Making and Advanced
Design and Fabrication in Architecture, along with the CDR Material Pioneers program.
While a core part of the curriculum for the courses, these lectures may be of interest to
other students and faculty and therefore will open to all. The lecture series is populated
with a diverse selection of international participants who operate within and on the
periphery of design representing multiple disciplines and perspectives.

For security purposes – Meeting ID will be distributed through A+D Weekly.