James Solly is a Research Associate and tutor at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (itke) (http://www.itke.uni-stuttgart.de/) at the University of Stuttgart.
He completed a Master’s in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford in 2008 before working with Ramboll UK and BuroHappold Engineering until 2015 on the design and realisation of computationally or geometrically complex sculpture and building projects. He qualified as a Chartered Engineer (MICE) in 2014.
James is interested in the application of computation in engineering practise both as an extension of current design strategies and as a tool for streamlining collaboration between designer, engineer and fabricator. His work to date has been defined by projects that cannot be entirely pre-designed and require physical testing or intelligent fabrication systems to calibrate engineering simulation. This has the added benefit of letting him step away from the computer and get his hands dirty in the lab or on site.
James started his research under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers in September 2015 as part of the Innochain research network (http://innochain.net). His research project focuses on the Virtual Prototyping of FRP in collaboration with Fosters + Partners, FibR and S-Form.