Tomás Méndez Echenagucia holds a double degree in Architecture from Universidad Central de Venezuela and Politecnico di Torino.
His master's thesis "Architectural, acoustical and structural form" 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.
In 2014, he received his PhD degree in Architecture and Building Design at the Politecnico di Torino for his dissertation "Computational Search in Architectural Design" under the guidance of Prof. Mario Sassone. He has worked as an architect and a consultant on computational design in Europe and South America.
His research is focused on Multi-Disciplinary search and optimization tools for the early stages of architectural design, including acoustic, structural and environmental design. He was from 2014 to 2019 a post-doctoral researcher at the Block Research Group, ETH Zurich, contributing to many projects, particularly the development of the unique roof of the HiLo unit on NEST.
Tomás will on Sep 10 start as Assistant Professor in the Design Machine Group (DMG) within the Department of Architecture, part of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.