Eike Schling studied Architecture at the Technische Universität München. During his studies he attended the Master’s class at the McGill Faculty of Architecture in Montreal, where he became interested in parametric modelling. His final thesis, a stadium in Krakow, won several Awards, including the Pininfarina Design Award and the German National Steel Construction Award (Deutscher Stahlbaupreis).

Eike worked in Munich at Auer+Weber+Associates and Donath Bickel Architects before specialising in computational design at the London-based office, PLP Architecture. He has worked on large-scale projects in London, like the Heron Plaza Development and the Francis Crick Institute at St Pancras, for which he was awarded 1st prize for its parametric design at the Bentley BE Inspired Awards in Amsterdam 2011.

Since April 2012, Eike has been working at the Chair of Structural Design (LT), TUM, where he is teaching and researching the symbiosis of architectural geometry, structural behavior and digital fabrication. Eike completed his doctorate “Repetitive Structures” in 2018 with distinction. His thesis investigates the potentials of designing gridshells with repetitive elements based on a holistic theory, considering both geometric and constructive criteria.



2018  Dissertation: Repetitive Structures.
at the LT TUM [summa cum laude]
Advisors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Barthel, Prof. Dr. Helmut Pottmann

Since 2012 Chair of Structural Design, Faculty of Architecture, Technische Universität München
2012-2015 Koch+Partner Architects, Munich
2009-2012 PLP Architecture, London
2009 Donath Bickel Architects, Munich
2008-2009 Auer+Weber+Associates, Munich
2004-2005 Haipo Architects, Shanghai
2007/08 Structural Diploma: Parametric Stadium in Krakow at the LT TUM
2001-2008 studies Architecture at Technische Universität München / McGill University
1981 born in Munich



Personal Awards

Project Sponsorship, “Dr. Marschall Stiftung” [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” [German Architect Union]
1st Prize, “MAIV-Award” [Munich Engineering and Architecture Award]
“Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”, German National Merit Foundation [National Student Scholarship]
Honorable Mention, “Merk-Wood Award” [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

Scientific Paper

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.): AAG 2018. Advances in Architectural Geometry. 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. (Hg.): Humanizing Digital Reality. Design Modelling Symposium Paris 2017. Singapore: Springer Singapore, S. 125–140. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-6611-5_12.

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 (Hg.): 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

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

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

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 (Hg.): 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).

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

Popular Publications

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

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

Schling, Eike (2017): On Spatial Networks. S.52-56. In: T. U.M. Fakultät für Architektur (Hg.): Jahrbuch 2016/17. Year Book. München: Technische Universität München, S. 82–89. Online available: https://issuu.com/magazin.ar.tum/docs/170725_jahrbuch_klein

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


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 (2016b): 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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