Gilbert Koskamp

Touching Cellulose Coordinator


Pablo van der Lugt

TU Delft, AMS Institute, and Green Matters Consultancy

Author of books Tomorrow’s Timber and Booming Bamboo and building industry consultant for sustainable and circular buildings. He envisions a transition towards more circular and low carbon economy through the innovation of smart bio-based materials such as mass timber and engineered bamboo. TEDtalk speaker as well as keynote speaker at the International Climate Conference in Paris, van den Lugt regularly shares his research regarding bio based design and circularity.


Fabio Gramazio

Gramazio & Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Currently architect and research associate working on building with hardwood and simply build strategies at TU Architect and founder of award-winning architecture practice, Gramazio & Kohler Research, Gramazio help set the precedence for combining advance architectural design and additive fabrication processes with industrial robots. With partner, Matthais Kohler, they opened the first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zurich and gave way to further development and research for digital architecture, ranging from 1:1 prototypes to robotically fabricated high-rises. Currently, Gramazio is focused on a future living and working laboratory for sustainable building construction by reducing transport during construction through ‘on-site factory’ concepts.


Anne Beim,

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Centre for Industrialized Architecture (CINARK)

Head of Centre for Industrialized Architecture (CINARK) at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, as well as the co-head of the SET: Settlements, Ecology & Tectonics candidate programme. Through CINARK, Beim has been part of research and collaboration with building industry businesses on outlining and revising methods, processes, and products that define the field of sustainable industrialized architecture.


Felix Waechter

TU Darmstadt and Waechter+Waechter Architekten BDA

Previously part of the Department of Design and Building Construction and now the Faculty of Architecture Dean of Studies at TU Darmstadt. As part of the Institute of Design and Construction, he has focused education on circularity and resource driven designs to promote a more holistic way of thinking. Waechter also co-foundered Waechter+Waechter Architekten office in 1998, which has achieved several timber construction related awards where building physics is at the heart of his architectural design and wood construction.


Hermann Blumer.

Timber Construction Expert

Considered to be the most important protagonist of innovation in wood construction, Blumer has collaborated with architects like Shigeru Ban and Daniel Libeskind. As a classically trained Swiss carpenter and civil engineer at ETH Zurich, Blumer has contributed to the timber construction industry through the development of innovative wood forms. Through the founding of Création Holz consulting company, he is now dedicated to creative timber solutions for building technology systems as well as curved timber beam geometries.


Elizabeth Nichols


Based in New York City, Elizabeth has been part of the urban movement toward high-rise mass timber construction. At 3XN Architects, she was the project manager of T3 Bayside Toronto, which is expected to be the tallest timber office building in North America. She is now working on applying mass timber construction techniques to small-scale residential projects.

Nick Krouwel

Atelier Krouwel

Currently architect and furniture designer based in Amsterdam. He creates furniture utilizing clean timber joinery as well as sustainable sustainable solutions for the built environment. Krouwel design and builds utilizing digital design and rapid production processes. Previously at TU Delft, MIT Bostom, and ETH Zurich focused on the combination of digital design and real applications of building systems and fabrication.


Florian Eckardt


Architect based in Amsterdam, Florian Eckardt designs with timber on various scales such as the Stadshout Pavilion in Amstelpark. He has been part of projects built of trusses with exposed coupling plates and timber frame walls in Almere Oosterwold. In addition, Eckardt has been a guest lecturer at TU Delft for Timber Construction for specialized technical building design studios and lectures.


Anna Apolinarska

Gramazio Kohler Research (GKR), ETH Zurich

Postdoctoral researcher and part of the Executive Board at Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich within the NCCR Digital Fabrication programme. After completing her PhD Thesis on “Complex Timber Structures from Simple Elements” in 2017 from ETH Zurich, Anna has focused on innovative computational design. She now develops design strategies and methods for assembly sequences, complex structural geometries, and fabrication of spatial timber structures through projects like Future Tree.


Mechtild Stuhlmacher

TU Delft and Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten

Lecturer at TU Delft for the chair of Urban Architecture and award winning Rotterdam based architect focused timber structures for housing, care, culture, and education. Her office ambitiously works with sustainability and its different meanings through timber and sustainable structural systems. Stuhlmacher previously was part of the committee for “Welstand en Monumenten Rotterdam’, which acts as the voice for the maintenance of architectural quality in the city of Rotterdam.



Ulrich Knaack

TU Delft and TU Darmstadt

Chair of Façade Structures at TU Darmstadt and professor of Design of Construction at TU Delft, Knaack teaches and researches building materials and façade systems for the building envelope. Currently focused with research group ‘Bauen mit Papier‘ (BAMP) in Darmstadt working with 3D printing techniques of Cellulose/PP mix and pure cellulose as well as involved in other research projects such as fabrication of paper and its mechanics for architectural applications. Knaack is also author of several well-known reference such as Facades: Principles of Construction (2014) and releasing book Building With Paper (2021) in December.


Ferdinand Ludwig

TU Munich, Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture

Professorship in the Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture at TU Munich and co-founder of the Research Group “Baubatanik” at the Institute of Architectural Theory and Design (IGMA) at the University of Stuttgart. Ludwig is considered to be a pioneer in the field of Baubatanik, the building method of living plant constructions, were the plant growth process and engineering approach are combined. He also has broadened research to acknowledge growth and decay and opportunities available in utilizing plants in the context of changing building design as well as adaptation to climate change


Pierre Jennen

Touching Cellulose Coordinator


Achim Menges

Stuttgart University, Institute for Computational Design and Construction (IDC)

Architect and professor at the University of Stuttgart and founding director of the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (IDC). Menges focuses on the biomimetic engineering and computation design methods with wood-based materials through projects such as the Urbach Tower and most recently the livMatS Pavilion. These landmark constructions celebrate new approaches of utilizing digital timber construction and the tradition of wood as a construction material.


Oscar Vos


Based from Amsterdam, Vos co-founded denieuwegeneratie in 2008, now known as krft since 2015. Board member of the Dutch board of architects (BNA), and tutor at the RAVB. Focused on circular architecture on the various levels of the design process, including the construction and use of building as well as the circularity of space and material choice. Vos designs projects with consideration of the natural characteristics of the material as well as mixing new and traditional design tools.


Anne Niemann

TU Munich, Architectural Design and Timber Construction

Currently architect and research associate working on building with hardwood and simply build strategies at TU Munich at the Chair for Architectural Design and Timber Construction. Research project consists of designing and monitoring homes built with circular materials and with passive climate systems. Co-author of the most recent deciduous wood publication, Building with Hardwood (2020), as well as several other pieces texts and guides for timber construction and simple building strategies.



Mo Smit and Remi Groenendijk


Both part of Bouwtuin and graduates of TU Delft, a team of researchers and designers focused on the innovation of regional building materials. Through the use of naturally found local materials, such as timber and grasses, circular and emission-free building construction is possible. Initiator of Bouwtuin, Mo is also a graduation tutor, coordinator, and researcher with the TU Delft Architectural Engineering Department. Remi works independently on research projects focused on circularity and the building construction process starting at material cultivation to architectural application  


Edmund Thomas Green and Ludvig Sundberg, TU Delft and Lund University

TU Delft and Lund University

After winning the 2019 design competition hosted by TU Delft study association, DBSG Stylos, and project organization Nieuw Delft, Green and Sundberg constructed their circular timber design in February of 2021. The watchtower, made almost entirely of timber, was constructed without glue, nails, or screws. This enables the temporary structure to follow basic principles of circularity by protecting the integrity of the timber.