AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design

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Please join us for the spring 2023 architecture lecture joint lecture series with AIA Triangle. This is the Robert P. Burns lecture. 

Dr. Adriaenssens’s research focuses on lightweight surface systems and how they can be optimized and realised to interact with extreme structural or environmental loading. This includes research on flexible and rigid shells and plates, submerged flexible membranes and nets, and metamaterials with applications for a resilient urban environment.  The applications range from adaptive building shading devices to large-scale inflatable storm surge barriers and are sometimes inspired by systems that evolved in biology, art or architecture. 

This lecture series is part of the events celebrating the 75th anniversary of the College of Design. To learn more, visit

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