Yves Weinand is an architect and structural engineer and founder of the Bureau d’Etudes Weinand in Liège. Since 2004 he has been professor and head of the IBOIS Laboratory for Timber Constructions at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he directs an interdisciplinary group of architects, engineers, mathematicians, and computer scientists, who perform research work in the fields of timber ribshells, folded timber plate structures, woven timber structures, integral mechanical wood–wood connections, and robotically assembled timber structures.
1963 Born in Eupen, Belgium
Architectural Studies, Institut Supérieur d'architecture Saint-Luc in Liège, Belgium, Diploma work "Vita activa et vita contemplativa"
1986 Diploma in Architecture "avec distinction"
Studies in Civil Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL, Switzerland Diploma work " Structure spatiale réalisée à partir de simples planches"
1994 Diploma in Civil Engineering
1998 PhD in structure engineering, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische
Hochschule, RWTH Aachen, Germany "la grande distinction"
Other Education: Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste, Städelschule, Francfort, Germany
Languages: German - French - English, comprehension of written Dutch
1987-1988 Architect, Architecture Office Matti Vuorio in Helsinki, Finlande
1988-1989 Architect, Architecture Office Acheson Thornton Doyle in New York, USA
1989-1990 Independent architect, Brussels, Belgium
1994-1999 Scientific collaborator, Chair of Structure, Faculty of Architecture, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany
1996 Founder of Bureau détudes Weinand, SPRL, architects and engineers, in Liège, Belgium
2001-2004 Full Professor, Director of the Institute of Structure, Faculty of Architecture, Technische Universität Graz, Austria
2002-2003 Visiting professor at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Switzerland. Creation of the Architectural Studio New Modeling
Since 2004 Associate Professor and director of the Chair of Timber Structures IBOIS, Ecole polytechnique fédérale, Lausanne EPFL, Switzerland
2008 Foundation of the start-up SHEL, architecture, engineering, production, design with Hani Buri, Genève, Switzerland
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ReseachThe predominance of steel and later reinforced concrete in research and practical applications within the fields of structural engineering and materials science over the last two centuries has led to a large gap of missing research on wood as a construction material. The intuitive know-how of carpenters and our professional predecessors has been lost since the profession of Ingénieur des Ponts et Chaussées developed in the 18th century. Nowadays, the structural engineer does not use wood as a building material, holding it to be a priori less effective than steel or concrete.
My dual profile as an architect and structural engineer allows me to focus on the interdisciplinary aspects of building design and to thereby develop synergies. Having conducted pioneering research work in both structural design and construction, the way I look at certain phenomena differs considerably from the perspective of most theoreticians and practitioners who only specialize in one of these two areas. Since I am an active practitioner, researcher, and teacher, I am able to convey to the students, in equal measure, the values claimed by architects, such as subjectivity and aesthetics, and comprehensive structural and technical knowledge. My research work concentrates on technical, constructional, material, and structural aspects that – with few exceptions since the time of Leonardo da Vinci – have been greatly neglected or delegated away by architects in their search to realize their aesthetic aspirations. The work takes account of myriad fundamental links between art and science as well as the specific constraints of observed phenomena and their physical realization. The implications of scale are often simply ignored in the field of structural analysis for building construction. My approach perceives the mechanical requirements of form/structure as attributes that can only gain full meaning and sense within the framework of the geometrically scaled phenomenon upon which they depend. I regard the use of digital visualization in architecture as an invaluable tool that exists to strengthen the integration of structure, form, and material within our concept of design It cannot, however, replace the study of physical reality, which is indeed of critical importance when we are concerned with designing form and space, and with these a structure.
Teaching & PhD
- Civil Engineering
- Doctoral Program in Architecture and Sciences of the City
- Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD StudentsChang Cheng
Nguyen Anh Chi
Rezaei Rad Aryan
Rogeau Nicolas Henry P
Past PhD StudentsBuri Hans Ulrich ...
Demoures François Marie Alain ...
Gouaty Gilles ...
Hahn Benjamin ...
Hudert Markus ...
Nabaei Seyed Sina ...
Natterer Johannes ...
Robeller Christopher Werner Matthias ...
Roche Stéphane Nicolas ...
Stitic Andrea ...
Stotz Ivo ...
Teaching the students to understand and to design innovative timber constructions under consideration of architectural and structural aspects. Learning parametric tools in order to build physical models representing structural fragments and details
Teaching the students to understand and to design innovative timber constructions under consideration of architectural and structural aspects. Learning parametric tools in order to build physical models representing structural fragments and details.