Oliver David (OD) Krieg is an expert in parametric design and robotic manufacturing in the AEC industry. As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Intelligent City in Vancouver, Canada, he is leading the development of their mass timber technology platform for high-rise construction, combining building systems, manufacturing, and software development. This is part of the company’s effort to provide urban housing as a sustainable, affordable, and livable product solution. This work is characterized by a highly integrative approach towards engineering, design, manufacturing, and sustainability.

Prior to joining Intelligent City, Oliver was a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. There, he led and participated in several international research and built projects that explore architectural potentials in timber construction. Working with wood as a natural but highly performative building material has enabled novel potentials that allow for exceedingly individualized and complex building elements and construction systems. In order to unlock this potential, an interdisciplinary and multi-faceted approach was followed. The resulting material systems and prototypes evaluated the structural and spatial possibilities, ultimately pushing the boundaries of today’s architectural design research.

Oliver has taught workshops at the University of Sydney, UBC Vancouver, and Tongji University Shanghai, and he has given lectures at several national and international conferences in architectural design and timber construction. He has been teaching seminars and studios at the University of Stuttgart in the context of his research. Between 2014 and 2017, Oliver was a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation for his dissertation. His projects at the ICD have won many national and international awards and have been published in numerous magazines worldwide.

In 2018, Oliver founded the design label and explorative platform odk.design to continue his research in the dynamic relationship between manufacturing technology and contemporary wood design.

contact: [email protected]

Project Awards

2020 Green Concept Award 2020
IBA Timber Prototype
2020 German Design Award 2020
BUGA Wood Pavilion
2019 German Sustainability Award
BUGA Wood Pavilion
2019 Iconic Awards 2019: Innovative Materials, Best of Best
BUGA Wood Pavilion
2019 Rado Star Prize, Prix Du Jury
odk.design AESTUS vases
2019 Interior Product Design Award (IPdA)
odk.design AESTUS vases
2019 Wood Design Awards in BC
Robot Made: Wander Wood Pavilion
2019 ExpoWanted Design Competition by DesignWanted
odk.design AESTUS vases
2019 International Design Awards 2019
odk.design AESTUS vases
2019 A’Design Award: Gold
odk.design AESTUS vases
2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year 2017
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16
2016 Competition Campus 2016 Teaching Award
Workshop “Robot-Assisted Assembly in Wood Construction”
2016 German Design Award Special 2016
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall
2015 Wilhelm-Klauditz-Preis 2015
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall
2015 Timber Construction Award Baden-Wuerttemberg 2015
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall
2015 Beispielhaftes Bauen Ostalbkreis 2009-2014
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall
2014 Rob|Arch Pioneering Research Award
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall
2012 Wood Construction Award Baden-Wuerttemberg: Special Award Innovation
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011
2012 International Design Award 2011 Second Prize in Architecture
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011
2012 Lightweight Structures Award 2011
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011
2011 Deutscher Holzbaupreis: Honourable Mention
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2010

Work Experience

04/2020 – present Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Intelligent City
04/2018 – 03/2020 Director of Technology
Intelligent City
03/2018 – present Founder and Principal
10/2012 – 12/2022 Doctoral Candidate
Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD)
08/2013 – 03/2018 Research Associate Computational Wood Architecture Group Leader
Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD)
03/2010 – 10/2012 Graduate Assistant
RoboLab, University of Stuttgart
10/2011 – 03/2012 Assistant Architect
Barkow Leibinger Architekten, Berlin
10/2008 – 04/2009 Assistant Architect
Foster+Partners, London
06/2005 – 10/2008 Editor for game modifications
Krawall Gaming Network


01/2014 – 12/2016 PhD Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation
06/2009 – 10/2012 Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation
04/2012 – 10/2012 Diploma project “Connecting Intelligence” wins Diploma Price
10/2008 – 10/2009 Elected student member of the board of the School of Architecture

Education and Qualification

10/2012 – 12/2022 PhD (Dr.-Ing.), summa cum laude, University of Stuttgart, Faculty for Architecture, Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD)
10/2006 – 10/2012 Dipl.-Ing. (MSc equiv.) University of Stuttgart, Faculty for Architecture
04/2007 – 10/2009 Member of the faculty’s student council
09/2009 – 02/2010 Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst, Sint-Lucas, Belgium


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