Assistant Professor Tomás Méndez Echenagucia
Assitant Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Washington
Tomás Méndez Echenagucia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture in the University of Washington. He is an architect whose research is focused on the use of simulation, computational geometry and optimization algorithms to make building and building components more sustainable. In particular, his focus lies on structural design, building acoustics and energy performance. He obtained a double degree in Architecture from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and the Politecnico di Torino in 2007, as well as a PhD in Architecture and Building Design also from the Politecnico di Torino in 2014. He has practiced as an architect and consultant in Europe and South America, he has designed and built several research pavilions and prototypes, including the “Armadillo Vault” for the Venice Biennale in 2016, the ETH Pavilion for the Ideas City Festival in New York City in 2015 and the HiLo research unit in 2021. He completed a five-year postdoctoral researcher position at ETH Zürich. Tomás also has a big interest in the development of open-source tools for the AEC industry, he is a co-developer of the COMPAS framework, an ecosystem of modeling, design and simulation tools, ranging from Finite Element Analysis to geometric acoustics.