Eike Schling

Dr.-Ing. (Univ.) | Architect BYAK
Assistant Professor in Architectural Structures
The University of Hong Kong


Eike Schling is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Department of Architecture, where he is teaching parametric methods, architectural geometry and structural behaviour with the vision of enabling construction-aware design. Eike’s focus lies on interdisciplinary research with mathematicians and engineers to enable simple and repetitive gridshell construction without sacrificing the freedom of design. Eike completed his doctorate “Repetitive Structures” in 2018 with distinction at the Chair for Structural Design, Technical University in Munich.

As a registered architect (BYAK), Eike extensively uses his structural and geometric knowledge to realize complex designs at all scales. His collaborations with Brandl Steel Eitensheim has produced innovative, strained gridshells in Munich and Ingolstadt. Eike’s work is coined by collaborations with international architecture offices, where he was involved in the design of large-scale projects such as the Francis Crick Research Institute, One Bishopsgate Hotel & Residential Highrise and Nova Victoria Office Development in London with PLP Architecture (2009-2012), and the Munich Airport T2 Satellite with Koch + Partner Architects (2012-2015). Since 2023, Eike is a panel member of the HKIA / ARB Professional Assessment Committee of Hong Kong.


since 2023  Panel member of the HKIA / ARB Professional Assessment Committee of Hong Kong

since 2019  Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Architectural Structures
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong

10.2018      Dissertation: Repetitive Structures, at the LT TUM [summa cum laude]
Advisors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Barthel, Prof. Dr. Helmut Pottmann

2012-2019  Chair of Structural Design, Faculty of Architecture, Technische Universität München

since 2015  Independent Architect
2012-2015  Project Architect at Koch+Partner Architects, Munich
2009-2012  Project Architect at PLP Architecture, London
2009           Architectural Assitant at Donath Bickel Architects, Munich
2008-2009  Architectural Assitant at Auer+Weber+Associates, Munich
2006-2007  Student Architect at Atelier Big City, Montreal
2004-2005  Student Architect at Haipo Architects, Shanghai
2002           Student Internship at Gerkan Marg and Partner, Berlin

01.2008      Diplom-Ingenieur in Architecture: Stadium in Krakow
Chair of Structural DesignFaculty of Architecture, Technical University of Munich

2002-2008  Architectural studies (Diplom) at the Technical University of Munich
2006-2007  Architectural studies (MA) at McGill University, Montreal
1992-2001  Louise Schroeder Gymnasium, Munich
1998-1999  Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, Oregon
1995           Princeton Highschool, New Jersey
1981           born in Munich


Personal Awards

Faculty Teaching Award 2022 [HKU]
Metal Construction Award 2020 [Brandl Metallbau, Category Special Construction: Hotel Intergroup, Asymptotic Canopy]
Dr. Marshal Prize 2019 of the Technical University of Munich
Finalist, Stahl-Innovationspreis 2018 [Category: Stahl im Bauwesen]
Project Sponsorship, “Dr. Marschall Stiftung 2017” [Faculty for Architecture, TUM]
1st Prize, “BE Inspired 2011” [Generative Design Category]
1st Prize, “Pininfarina Design Award 2008” [Architectural Category]
1st Prize, “Deutscher Stahlbaupreis 2008”, German Steel Award, [National Award]
Honorable Mention, “Walter-Henn-Award 2008” [German Architect Union]
1st Prize, “MAIV-Award 2006” [Munich Engineering and Architecture Award]
“Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”, 2005-2008, German National Merit Foundation [National Student Scholarship]
Honorable Mention, “Merk-Wood Award 2003” [Student Competition]

Teaching Awards

1st Prize, “Förderpreis Textile Strukturen für neues Bauen 2017”, Category Macro-Architecture [ Katrin Fleischer, “Deployable Roof”]
1st Prize, “Competition Campus 2017” [Denis Hitrec, Asymptotic Gridshell]
1st Prize, “Stuttgarter Leichtbaupreis 2016” [Denis Hitrec, Asymptotic Pavilion]
“Senator Bernhard Borst Preis 2016” [Katrin Fleischer & Corinna Wiest, Deployable Dome]
1st Prize, “Competition Campus 2016” [Katrin Fleischer & Corinna Wiest, Deployable Dome]
1st Prize, “Stuttgarter Leichtbaupreis 2015” [Katrin Fleischer & Corinna Wiest, Deployable Dome]




Schling, Eike (2018): Repetitive Structures – Design and construction of curved support structures with repetitive parameters [summa cum laude]. Technische Universität München, Fakultät für Architektur, Lehrstuhl für Tragwerksplanung. DOI: 10.14459/2018md1449869. ISBN: 978-3-938660-39-3

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

Oberbichler, Thomas; Schling, Eike (2022): Tracing curvature paths on trimmed multipatch surfaces. In Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. DOI: 10.1016/j.apm.2023.01.033

Schling, Eike; Wang, Hui; Hoyer, Sebastian; Pottmann, Helmut (2022): Designing asymptotic geodesic hybrid gridshells. In Computer-Aided Design 152 (0010-4485), p. 103378. DOI: 10.1016/j.cad.2022.103378.

Wan, Zongshuai; Schling, Eike (2022): Structural principles of an asymptotic lamella curtain wall. In Thin-Walled Structures 180, p. 109772. Available online at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2022.109772

Schling, Eike; Wan, Zongshuai (2022): A geometry-based design approach and structural behaviour for an asymptotic curtain wall system. In Journal of Building Engineering, p. 104432. DOI: 10.1016/j.jobe.2022.104432

Schling, Eike; Rainer Barthel (2021): Šuchov’s bent networks: The impact of network curvature on Šuchov’s gridshell designs. In: STRUCTURES Volume 29, February 2021, Pages 1496-1506. DOI: org/10.1016/j.istruc.2020.12.021

Tutsch, Joram; Hipper, Andreas; Schling, Eike; Barthel, Rainer (2017): Modulare Stahllamellenhallen von Hugo Junkers. Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen für eine denkmalgerechte Instandsetzung. In: Bautechnik 94 (3), S. 161–169. DOI: 10.1002/bate.201600071

Peer-Reviewed Proceedings

Schling, Eike; Schikore, Jonas (2022): Morphology of Kinetic Asymptotic Grids. In Christoph Gengnagel, Olivier Baverel, Giovanni Betti, Mariana Popescu, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Jan Wurm (Eds.): Towards Radical Regeneration. Design Modelling Symposium Berlin 2022. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, pp. 374–393. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-13249-0_31.

Schling, Eike; Hsu, Chih Lin; Ma, Muye (2021): Asymptotic building envelope. Combining the benefits of asymptotic and principal curvature layouts. In Anastasia Globa, Jeroen van Ameijde, Adam Fingrut, Nayeon Kim, Tian Tian Sky Lo (Eds.): Projections. Proceedings of the 26th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. CAADRIA 2021, vol. 1. Hong Kong, pp. 341–350

Jiang, Caigui; Wang, Cheng; Schling, Eike; Pottmann, Helmut (2020): Computational design and optimization of quad meshes based on diagonal meshes. In Olivier Baverel, Helmut Pottmann, Caitlin Mueller, Tomohiro Tachi (Eds.): Advances in Architectural Geometry 2021. Paris, pp. 38-60

Schikore, Jonas; Schling, Eike; Bauer, Anna M.; Oberbichler Thomas (2020): Kinetics and Design of Semi-Compliant Grid Mechanisms. In Olivier Baverel, Helmut Pottmann, Caitlin Mueller, Tomohiro Tachi (Eds.): Advances in Architectural Geometry 2021. Paris, pp. 108-129

Schling, Eike; Barthel, Rainer (2019): Repetitive Structures. In Christoph Gengnagel, Olivier Baverel, Jane Burry, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Stefan Weinzierl (eds.): Impact: Design With All Senses. Design Modelling Symposium Berlin 2019, pp. 360-375. Springer, ISBN: 978-3-030-29828-9, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-29829-6_29

Schling, Eike; Kilian, Martin; Wang, Hui; Schikore, Jonas; Pottmann, Helmut (2018): Design and Construction of Curved Support Structures with Repetitive Parameters. In Lars Hesselgren, Karl-Gunnar Olsson, Axel Kilian, Samar Malek, Olga Sorkine-Hornung, Chris Williams (Eds.): Advances in Architectural Geometry 2018. 1. Auflage. Wien: Klein Publishing, pp. 140–165.

Schling, Eike; Hitrec, Denis; Barthel, Rainer (2017): Designing Grid Structures Using Asymptotic Curve Networks. In: Klaas de Rycke, Christoph Gengnagel, Olivier Baverel, Jane Burry, Caitlin Mueller, Minh Man Nguyen et al. (Ed.): Humanizing Digital Reality. Design Modelling Symposium Paris 2017. Singapore: Springer Singapore, pp. 125–140. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-6611-5_12.

Book Chapters

Schling, Eike; Rainer Barthel (2021): Šuchovs gebogene Netze – Krümmung und Verformung. in ‘Vladimir Šuchov’, Ed. Rainer Graefe 2020, Innsbruck.

Schling, Eike; Barthel, Rainer (2021): Experimentelle zweifach gekrümmte Gitterstrukturen. In Jakob Schoof (Ed.): Struktur und Natur. Holztragwerke. With assistance of Charlotte Petereit Roland Pawlitschko. Munich: DETAIL Verlag, pp. 24–29, DOI: 10.11129/9783955535513

Schling, Eike (2015): Modular Structures. In: T. U.M. Fakultät für Architektur (Hg.): Jahrbuch 2015. Year Book. München: Technische Universität München, S. 148–151. Online available: https://issuu.com/magazin.ar.tum/docs/jahrbuch2015_web

Conference Papers (Abstract reviewed)

Schling, Eike; Jonas Schikore, Thomas Oberbichler: (2021):  D-Nets on rotational surfaces. Equilibrium gridshell layout, symmetric to the principal stress directions. Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2021, Surrey

Schling, Eike; Hitrec, Denis; Schikore, Jonas; Barthel, Rainer (2017): Design and Construction of the Asymptotic Pavilion. In: K.-U Bletzinger, Eugenio Oñate und B. Kröplin (Ed.): VIII International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures. STRUCTURAL MEMBRANES 2017. Barcelona: International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), S. 178–189. Online available: http://congress.cimne.com/membranes2017/frontal/Doc/Ebook2017.pdf

Eversmann, Philipp; Schling, Eike; Ihde, André; Louter, Christian (2016): Low Cost Double Curvature. Geometrical and Structural Potentials of Rectangular, Cold-Bent Glass Construction. In: K. Kawaguchi, M. Ohsaki und T. Takeuchi (Ed.): Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2016: IASS.

Schling, Eike; Barthel, Rainer; Ihde, André; Tutsch, Joram; Huth, Sebastian (2015): Bending-Activated Tensegrity. In: Eugenio Oñate, K.-U Bletzinger und B. Kröplin (Hg.): Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures VII. Barcelona: International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE).

Professional Journals

Medebach, Johannes; Schling, Eike (2023): Asymptotic Geodesic Timber Vault. Gitterschalen mal einfach. Komplexe Strukturen aus einfachen Holzbrettern – ein Forschungs- und Bauprojekt beschäftigt sich mit der Konstruktion von leichten Gitterschalen. (8117275). Available online at https://www.baunetz-campus.de/, updated on 1/3/2023, checked on 1/10/2023

Schling, Eike (2018): Komplexe Formen einfach bauen: Die Asymptotische Gitterschale der TU München. In: structure-magazine.de, 17.12.2018.

Schling, Eike (2018): Forschung für “freien” Stahlbau. In M&T Metallhandwerk (3.2018), pp. 12–14.

Schling, Eike; Barthel, Rainer (2017): Experimental Studies on the Construction of Doubly Curved Structures. Fachwissen. In: DETAILstructure 10/17 (01), pp. 52–56.

Schling, Eike (2017): Aufwendiges einfacher planen. Ratgeber Produktivität. In: M&T Metallhandwerk (10.2017), pp. 32–34.

Schling, Eike; Barthel, Rainer; Tutsch, Joram (2014): Freie Form – experimentelle Tragstruktur. In: Bautechnik 91 (12), S. 859–868. DOI: 10.1002/bate.201400086


Kilian, Martin; Wang, Hui; Schling, Eike; Schikore, Jonas; Pottmann, Helmut (2018): Curved Support Structures and Meshes with Spherical Vertex Stars. In – (Ed.): ACM SIGGRAPH 2018. ACM SIGGRAPH 2018. Vancouver, Canada, August 2018: ACM Press.

Schling, Eike; Hitrec, Denis (2016): Asymptotic Gridshell. Using Asymptotic Lines to Construct the Curved Support Structure of a Minimal Surface. Poster. Zurich, 9/9/2016. Available online at http://www.aag2016.ch/exhibition/

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