Tomás Méndez Echenagucia

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Méndez Echenagucia’s research is focused on Digital Design for Sustainable construction by means of Multi-Disciplinary Search tools for the early stages of architectural design, including Acoustic, Structural and Environmental design. He holds a double degree in Architecture from Universidad Central de Venezuela and Politecnico di Torino, and a PhD in Architecture and Building Design, also from the Politecnico di Torino, a title he obtained in 2014 with his dissertation “Computational Search in Architectural Design”. His master’s thesis on the optimization of shell structures for concert spaces was the subject of a paper for which he was awarded the Hangai prize by the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) in 2008. He recently completed a 5 year position as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Technology in Architecture in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich.

He has worked as an architect and a consultant in Computational design in Europe and South America, designing energy efficient building envelopes and large concert auditoria. He has built many large scale prototypes, demonstrators and pavilions in different architectural exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 2016. He joined the UW department of Architecture as an Assistant Professor in late 2019.

Selected Publications

– Méndez Echenagucia, T., Pigram, D., Liew, A., Mele, T. V., & Block, P. (2019). A cable-net and fabric formwork system for the construction of concrete shells: Design, fabrication and construction of a full scale prototype. Structures18 , 72 – 82. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials for Innovative Structural Design.

– Roozen, N., Leclère, Q., Urbán, D., Méndez Echenagucia, T., Block, P., Rychtáriková, M., & Glorieux, C. (2018). Assessment of the airborne sound insulation from mobility vibration measurements; a hybrid experimental numerical approach. Journal of Sound and Vibration432 , 680–698.

– Méndez Echenagucia, T., Capozzoli, A., Cascone, Y., & Sassone, M. (2015). The early design stage of a building envelope: Multi-objective search through heating, cooling and lighting energy performance analysis. Applied Energy 154 , 577–591.

– Méndez Echenagucia, T., Sassone, M., Astolfi, A., Shtrepi, L., & Van der Harten, A. (2014). EDT , C 80 and G driven auditorium design. Building Acoustics21 (1), 43–54.

– Méndez Echenagucia, T., Astolfi, A., Jansen, M., & Sassone, M. (2008). Architectural acoustic and structural form. Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures49 (159), 181–186.

– Shtrepi, L., Méndez Echenagucia, T., Badino, E., & Astolfi, A. (2019). Optimizing diffusive surface topology through a performance-based design approach. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Room Acoustics. Amsterdam.

– Méndez Echenagucia, T., Roozen, B., & Block, P. (2016). Minimization of sound radiation in doubly curved shell structures by means of stiffness. In Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2016 . Tokyo, Japan.

– Méndez Echenagucia, T., & Block, P. (2015). Acoustic optimization of funicular shells. In IASS 2015 Amsterdam Symposium: Future Visions, (pp. 1–13).

– Méndez Echenagucia, T., Sassone, M., Astolfi, A., Shtrepi, L., & Van der Harten, A. (2014). Multi-Objective Acoustic and Structural design of shell structures for concert halls. In Proceedings of the IASS-SLTE 2014 Symposium “Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints”, (pp. 1–12)