Jonas Hauptman

Assistant Professor

BFA, RISD

MFA, Cranbrook

BFA, RISD

MFA, Cranbrook

Jonas Hauptman is Assistant Professor of Industrial Designer and Co-Founder of the Bio Design Research Group at Virginia Tech (VT). Over the past twenty years, he has founded multiple award-winning enterprises that leverage specialized fabrication with novel material approaches. Since 2017 he has been a fellow of Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology which has supported his bio-inspired design research with robotic free-form 3d felting of recycled plastic fiber and his multiple projects to program bamboo, through growth, as well as both additive and subtractive fabrication of composite building and manufacturing systems—winning several prestigious awards including the University of Michigan’s Oberdick Fellowship-2004, the AIA Upjohn award-2018, the Arnold W. Brunner Grant-2019 and Center for Craft Creativity & Design Award-2019, as runner-up, Autodesk ACADIA Emerging Research Award amongst others. Also, he is a member of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organizations (INBAR) Construction Task Force, a group of 36 of the world’s leading experts in the field of structural and constructional use of bamboo.  Furthermore, he serves as the faculty mentor to the C2 student team, winners of a significant Musk Foundation, Carbon XPrize in 2021. The project seeks to transform the global housing deficit into a gigaton carbon warehouse by developing elegant, human-centered bamboo housing. His research and creative work have been featured in the media including Architect, Metropolis, Dwell, the New York Times, Inside Climate News, and others. Also in 2021, his video work “Building with Biology” was included by invitation in the 2021 CityX Italian Virtual Pavilion, Venice, Italy.

jonasah@vt.edu 

Curriculum Vitae

Biodesign Research group

Smart Cross Bamboo project…

forimlab.com…