Florian Meier

Instructor

Florian Meier is an Associate with Knippers Helbig – Advanced Engineering and is currently co-leading the New York Office.

Florian is a structural engineer and was trained at the Technical University of Munich. with a focus on architectural geometry, computational formfinding methods and structural optimization at the renowned chair of structural analysis, Prof. Bletzinger, where he was a research assistant. During his studies, Florian received a scholarship at the Oskar von Miller Forum, Munich, which is an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented excellence initiative for students in the field of construction.

Florian has experience in a variety of materials and innovative fabrication technologies. Among other projects, his portfolio includes the granite stone vault of the Sean Collier Memorial in Cambridge (Höweler + Yoon Architecture), a canopy robotically manufactured using carbon-fiber reinforced polymers (Achim Menges), and the 150 ft. spanning steel and glass dome of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles (Renzo Piano Building Workshop). Florian is a member of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS), where he recently presented. His work has been published in magazines and conference papers, such as DETAIL structure, Bautechnik, Deutsche Bauzeitung (DBZ), IASS, Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG).

At Cooper Union, Florian is currently co-teaching ARCH132 Structures II.

Projects & Links

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