Emeritus Professor; University of Warwick School of Engineering,

Chartered Engineer and Fellow at the Institute of Frei Otto

After a short spell in industry, Wanda Lewis joined the University of Warwick in 1986 where she is based to this day She is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Engineering, a chartered engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Her 30 years of research experience is reflected in her monograph Tension Structures: Form and Behaviour, numerous research articles, and press releases. She is a pioneer of form-finding methods that predict optimal shapes of building and bridges, as a function of statistically prevalent loads (a feature observed in natural structures).

Constant surface stress in nature is beneficial for reducing use of materials and increasing durability. Discover how biomimetic architecture reflects this principle.

Dr. Wanda Lewis discusses how form finding can help architects and engineers find the optimal shape for their structure.