David López López received his Master Degree in Architecture in 2010 from the School of Architecture of Madrid (UPM), where he was also an assistant at the Structures Department for two years. He received an Advanced Masters Degree in Building Technology, specializing in structural design, from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (UPC) and an Advanced Erasmus Mundus Masters Degree in Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions from the Civil Engineering Schools at the UPC and the University of Minho.
After gaining professional experience in different architecture offices, he co-founded the international collective MAP13, which has been used as a platform to test and implement the results of academic research. One of his most recent and striking works within this collective is the free-form thin-tile vault “Brick-topia”, a multifunctional pavilion in Barcelona designed with the help of RhinoVault.
David's doctoral research within the Block Research Group had as its starting point the study of the structural behavior and assessment methods of tile vaults. David has experience in this field as a mason, designer, project manager and structural consultant. His PhD dissertation proposes the use of tile vaults as integrated formwork for concrete shells and presents the construction technique, conclusive experimental research for its validation and a reliable FE model for its structural analysis. Furthermore, a two-dimensional method for the design and structural assessment of such structures is developed and implemented computationally. The first steps and preliminary results in the three-dimensional approach to this method are also described.
David received one of the Architecture & Technology PhD Fellowships in 2013 and an SNSF doc.mobility grant in 2016. On Mon June 3, 2019, David successfully defended his PhD dissertation "Tile vaults as integrated formwork for concrete shells". Co-advisor was Prof. Dr. Pere Roca Fabregat of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC).