Sigrid Adriaenssens

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Program in Mechanics, Materials and Structures
Office Phone
E332 Engineering Quad

PhD          University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom, 2000.

MPhil        University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom, 1997.

B.Eng.      Civil / Structural Engineering Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom, 1995.

Concurrent University Appointments
  • Associated Faculty, School of Architecture , Princeton University
  • Associated Faculty, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment 
  • Associated Faculty, High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
  • Executive Committee Member, Certificate Program Architecture and Engineering
  • Executive Committee Member, Certificate Robotics and Intelligent Systems Certificate
  • Executive Committee Member, Certificate Urban Studies
Honors, Awards, DISTINCTIONS
  • Chair ASCE Aesthetics in Design Committee, 2020
  • Barry Onouye Endowed Visiting Chair,University of Washington 2019
  • ASCE George Winter Award 2018
  • Chair IASS Working Group 5 Shells 2014-present
  • Princeton University Alfred Rheinstein Award 2015

Dr. Adriaenssens’s research focuses on lightweight surface systems and how they can be optimized and realised to interact with extreme structural or environmental loading. This includes research on flexible and rigid shells and plates, submerged flexible membranes and nets, and metamaterials with applications for a resilient urban environment.  The applications range from adaptive building shading devices to large-scale inflatable storm surge barriers and are sometimes inspired by systems that evolved in biology, art or architecture. Dr. Adriaenssens’ research spans analytical approaches to study non-linear mechanics, seeking new numerical form finding, optimization and machine-learning approaches and fluid-interaction models as well as experimental aspects based on prototyping of small and medium scale systems using CAD/CAM and robotic construction.    


           CEE205 Mechanics of Solids
           STC209/EGR209/MUS 209 Transformations in Engineering and the Arts
           CEE418/VIS418 Extraordinary Processes
           CEE519 Elasticity and Geometry in Shells and Plates
           CEE546 Form Finding of Structural Surfaces
           GLS263/CEE263 A Social and Multi-Dimensional Exploration of Structures
           CEE463 A Social and Multi-Dimensional Exploration of Structures


Selected Publications