Prof. Dr. Pierluigi D‘Acunto


Structural Design

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research interests of Professor D’Acunto lie in novel design and construction approaches that enable a more efficient use of material resources by taking advantage of the interplay between form and forces in building structures. His work entails the development of computational design methods at the interface of architecture and structural engineering. In addition, he investigates innovative material systems and construction approaches that make use of emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing and robotic fabrication.

Professor D'Acunto graduated in Building Engineering-Architecture from the University of Pisa in 2007 and has since gained professional experience in several architecture and engineering offices. In 2012, he received a Master of Architecture from the Architectural Association in London, and in 2018 a PhD with distinction from ETH Zurich. After working as a postdoc and lecturer at the Chair of Structural Design at ETH Zurich, in 2021 he was appointed to the Rudolf Mössbauer Tenure Track Assistant Professorship of Structural Design at TUM.


  • Distinction for outstanding doctoral thesis (ETH Medal), ETH Zürich (2019)
  • Award for excellence at the Design Competition for Young Generation, IASS Tokyo (2016)
  • Distinction for outstanding thesis, Architectural Association London (2012)
  • Ambassadorial Scholarship, The Rotary Foundation (2011)
  • Distinction for outstanding master’s thesis, University of Pisa (2007)

Konstantatou M, D'Acunto P, McRobie A, Schwartz J: “Unified geometrical framework for the plastic design of reinforced concrete structures”. Structural Concrete. 2020; 21-6: 2320-2338. 


Saldana Ochoa K, Ohlbrock PO, D'Acunto P, Moosavi V: “Beyond typologies, beyond optimization: Exploring novel structural forms at the interface of human and machine intelligence”. International Journal of Architectural Computing. 2020.


Ohlbrock PO, D'Acunto P: “A Computer-aided Approach to Equilibrium Design based on Graphic Statics and Combinatorial Variations”. Computer-Aided Design. 2020; 121: 102802.


D'Acunto P, Jasienski J-P, Ohlbrock PO, Fivet C, Schwartz J, Zastavni D: “Vector- based 3D graphic statics: A framework for the design of spatial structures based on the relation between form and forces”. International Journal of Solids and Structures. 2019; 167: 58- 70.


Konstantatou M, D'Acunto P, McRobie A: “Polarities in structural analysis and design: n-dimensional graphic statics and structural transformations”. International Journal of Solids and Structures. 2018; 152–153:272-293.