Ehsan Baharlou

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ARCHITECTURE

Education

Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D Engineering), Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), University of Stuttgart, Germany; 

M.Sc. Arch., Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch, Iran


Research Interests

Bio-based Additive Manufacturing

Robotic Timber Construction


Biography

Dr. Ehsan Baharlou is an Assistant Professor of Architecture, Advanced Technologies, in the School of Architecture at UVA. His work focuses on integrating design computation and the process of materialization. His research aims to bridge the gap and mediate the cyber-physical interactions between complex forms and advanced manufacturing tools, shifting from a paradigm of abstracted computational design toward an integration of both physical (fabrication and production) and digital investigations.  

He completed his postdoctoral associate '18 at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in the Department of Architecture, in Prof. Mark Goulthorpe’s group (Composite Architectures). His post-doctoral research concentrated on the automated production of composite housing and the development of the CAD/CAM software customization in composite architectures. He earned his PhD '17 under the supervision of Prof. Achim Menges at ICD (Institute for Computational Design and Construction), University of Stuttgart. His doctoral research focused on the integration of fabrication and construction constraints into a computational model for the realization of informed form generation.


THESIS

Baharlou, E.: 2017, Generative Agent-Based Architectural Design Computation: behavioral strategies for integrating material, fabrication and construction characteristics in design processes, Doctoral Dissertation, Stuttgart: Institute for Computational Design and Construction. (ISBN: 978-3-9819457-0-6; DOI: 10.18419/opus-9752)

PEER REVIEWED PAPERS

Barnes, S., Kirssin, L., Needham, E., Baharlou, E., Carr, D. E., & Ma, J., 2022. 3D printing of ecologically active soil structures. Additive Manufacturing, 52, 102670. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2022.102670)

Duong, E., Vercoe, G., Baharlou, E., 2020. Engelbart - An Agent-Based Interface for Exploring Beyond the Social Media Filter Bubble. in Slocum, B., Ago, V., Doyle, S., Marcus, A., Yablonina, M. and M. del Campo, M. (eds.), Distributed Proximities / Volume I: Technical Papers [Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-578-95213-0]. Online and Global., pp. 406-415.

Nan, M., Chen, Z., Liu, L. and Baharlou, E., 2020. Hygrosensitive Kinetic Façade - A full-scale meteorosensitive shading system based on wood’s self-actuated hygroscopic behavior. in Werner, L and Koering, D (eds.), Anthropologic: Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age - Proceedings of the 38th eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany, pp. 133-142.

Giachini, P.A.G.S., Gupta, S.S., Wang, W., Wood, D., Yunusa, M., Baharlou, E., Sitti, M. and Menges, A., 2020. Additive manufacturing of cellulose-based materials with continuous, multidirectional stiffness gradients. Science advances, 6(8), p.eaay0929. (DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aay0929)

Goti, K., Katz, S., Baharlou, E., Vasey, L. and Menges, A.: 2019, Jamming Formations - Intuitive design and fabrication process through human-computer interaction, in Sousa, JP, Xavier, JP and Castro Henriques, G (eds.), Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution - Proceedings of the 37th eCAADe and 23rd SIGraDi Conference - Volume 1, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, pp. 669-680.

Alvarez, M., Martínez-Parachini, E., Baharlou, E., Krieg, O., Schwinn, T., Vasey, L., et al.: 2019, Tailored Structures, Robotic Sewing of Wooden Shells, in Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2018, pp.405-420. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92294-2_31 )

Forestiero, D., Xenos, N., Wood, D., Baharlou, E.: 2018, Low-tech Shape-Shifting Space Frames, in IASS – Creativity in Structural Design [Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018], Cambridge, MA.

Yablonina, M., Prado, M., Baharlou, E. , Schwinn, T., and Menges, A.: 2017, Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures, in Fabricate – Rethinking Design and Construction [Proceedings of the Fabricate Conference 2017], Stuttgart, pp. 202–209. (ISBN: 978 1 78735 001 4; JSTORE: j.ctt1n7qkg7.32)

Brugnaro, G., Baharlou, E., Vasey, L., and Menges, A.: 2016, Robotic Softness: An Adaptive Robotic Fabrication Process for Woven Structures, in POSTHUMAN FRONTIERS: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines [Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), University of Michigan Taubman College | Ann Arbor, Michigan, pp. 154-163. (ISBN 978-0-692-77095-5)

Rusenova, G., Dierichs, K., Baharlou, E., and Menges, A.: 2016, Feedback- and Data-driven Design for Aggregate Architectures: Analyses of Data Collections for Physical and Numerical Prototypes of Designed Granular Material, in POSTHUMAN FRONTIERS: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines [Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), University of Michigan Taubman College | Ann Arbor, Michigan, pp. 62-72.(ISBN 978-0-692-77095-5)

Poinet, P., Baharlou, E., Schwinn, T., and Menges, A.: 2016, Adaptive Pneumatic Shell Structures: Feedback-driven robotic stiffening of inflated extensible membranes and further rigidification for architectural applications, in Herneoja, A., Österlund , T. and Markkanen, P. (eds.), Complexity and Simplicity – Proceedings of the 34th eCAADe Conference – Volume 1, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, pp. 549-558.

Baharlou, E. and Menges, A.: 2015, Toward a Behavioral Design System: An Agent-Based Approach for Polygonal Surfaces Structures, in Combs, L. and Perry, C. (eds.), Computational ecologies: Design in the anthropocene, Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH, pp. 161–172. (ISBN 978-0-69253-726-8)

Vasey, L., Baharlou, E., Dörstelmann, M., Koslowski, V., Prado, M., Schieber, G., Menges, A., and Knippers, J.: 2015, Behavioral Design and Adaptive Robotic Fabrication of a Fiber Composite Compression Shell with Pneumatic Formwork, in Combs, L. and Perry, C. (eds.), Computational ecologies: Design in the anthropocene, Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH, pp. 297–309. (ISBN 978-0-69253-726-8)

Baharlou, E. and Menges, A.: 2013, Behavioural prototyping: an approach to agent-based computational design driven by fabrication characteristics and material constraints, in Gengnagel, C., Kilian, A., Nembrini, J., Scheurer, F. (eds.), Rethinking Prototyping, Proceedings of the Design Modelling Symposium Berlin 2013, Verlag der Universität der Künste Berlin. pp. 291-303. (ISBN 978-3-89462-243-5)

Baharlou, E. and Menges, A.: 2013, Generative agent-based design computation: Integrating material formation and construction constraints, in Stouffs, R., Sariyildiz S. (eds.), Computation and Performance – Proceedings of the 31th eCAADe Conference, Vol. 2, Technical University of Delft, pp. 165-174. (ISBN 978-94-91207-05-1)

Parascho, S., Baur, M., Baharlou, E., Knippers, J., and Menges, A.: 2013, Agent Based Model for the Development of Integrative Design Tools, in Beesley, P., Del Barrio, A., Khan, O., Stacey, M., van Overbeeke, E. (eds.), Adaptive Architecture, Proceedings of the 33nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), Waterloo, pp. 429-430. (ISBN 978-1-926724-22-5)

Busch, B., Ladurner, G., Baharlou, E., and Menges, A.: 2011, Adaptive Structure: A Modular System for Generative Architecture, in Soddu, C. (eds.), XIV Generative Art – Proceedings of GA2011 International Conference. Rome, Italy: Politecnico di Milano, pp. 88-98. (ISBN 978-88- 96610-14-5)

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