Oliver Irving Moldow


Oliver Moldow is an interdisciplinary researcher at ZHA Code in London. He received his Master's of Science ITECH at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. He has collaborated with and received support from the Material Programming Group ICD, Programmable Mud MIT, the Harvard GSD, Autodesk (Builder in Residence 2023), and the Norman Foster Foundation (NFF Energy Scholar 2022).

Previously, he received his Bachelors from UC Berkeley in Design Across Scale (a degree spanning architecture, engineering, and industrial design advised by Nicholas de Monchaux). During which, he printed spanning structures with the Flexible Structures Lab, implemented the Bottery with Emerging Objects, and constructed data-driven sculptures with UC Berkeley Art Practice for use in The Catherine Clark Gallery and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Solar Gate

Through a combination of printed hygromorphic shading elements and an intelligent control system, the Solar Gate, integrated into the livMatS Biomimetic Shell, passively adapts to daily and seasonal weather cycles. The project consists of parallel developments in hygroscopic bio-based plastic filaments, the design and manufacturing of site-responsive motion, and the control and monitoring of climate-responsive facades.

 Images: Roland Halbe, Conné van d’Grachten

©Oliver Moldow 2024

Collaborators and Clients:

NealFeay, Zaha Hadid Architects, Autodesk, Colorado Health Foundation, Emerging Objects, UC Berkeley Art Practice