A Review of the State of the Art of Timber Gridshell Design and Construction

Matt Collins

University of Limerick

Matt graduated from the University of Limerick with BE(Hons) in Civil Engineering in 2012. In 2012, he was awarded IRC funding to pursue a PhD in the field of Timber Gridshells. In 2016, he was awarded 1st prize in the engineering category of the Wood Marketing Federation Third Level Student Wood Awards. This doctoral research is now nearing completion but he has ambitions to further the research in timber gridshells as he embarks on his professional career.


Timber gridshells are lightweight doubly curved structures. They are generated by deforming a flat timber grid towards a curved shell-like target shape. The designer can achieve a best fit approximation to a pre-determined... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Matt Collins (University of Limerick)
  2. Tom Cosgrove (University of Limerick)

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