Dr Marina Konstantatou
Marina is an Industrial Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In her hybrid role spanning academia and industry, she is based at the Department of Engineering and the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster + Partners.
Marina has a background in applied mathematics and physics, after which she specialised in computational design at the Architectural Association, and civil engineering at the University of Cambridge. She holds a PhD from the Department of Engineering on ‘Geometry-based structural analysis and design’ (graphic statics). Her previous academic and industry collaborations include ETH Zurich (Chair of structural design) and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (structures group).
In her academic capacity, Marina develops computational tools and theoretical frameworks for the design of materially efficient structures using graphic statics. Applications span 3-dimensional tensile structures, grid-shells, and reinforced concrete. She is particularly interested in cross-disciplinary research, 19th century natural philosophy and visual expression of fundamental knowledge. At the same time, Marina is a Design Systems Analyst and Research Lead at the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster + Partners. She specialises in structural design, form-finding, and architectural geometry. In addition, she has contributed to projects focusing on additive manufacture, robotics, space architecture and extra-terrestrial infrastructure.