Jonas Hauptman

Assistant Professor

BFA, RISD

MFA, Cranbrook

BFA, RISD

MFA, Cranbrook

Jonas is an inventor, designer and Co-leads the Bio Design Research Group at Virginia Tech. 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 to Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity and Innovation, which help, support his bio-inspired design research multiple projects several with programming 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.  Hauptman presently serves as the faculty mentor to a team of students that won the Carbon XPrize award in 2021 for a project that seeks to transform the global housing deficit into a gigaton carbon warehouse through developing elegant, human centered bamboo housing.  His work has exhibited internationally in the Venice Biennale 2021 and cited in numerous design publications, including Architect, Internet, Metropolis, Dwell, the New York Times and others. He has recently filed a provisional patent for Mass Bamboo building system that uses lightly modified culm bamboo to create laminated structural building panels.

jonasah@vt.edu 

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