Ass. Prof. Dr. Mariana Popescu
Mariana Popescu is Assistant professor of Parametric Structural Design and Digital Fabrication at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at TU Delft. Popescu is an architect with a strong interest in innovative ways of approaching the fabrication process and use of materials. She studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology, before obtaining her PhD at the Block Research Group (BRG) at the Institute of Technology at ETH Zurich in 2019. Her research focuses on the development of KnitCrete, a novel, material-saving, labour-reducing, cost-effective formwork system for casting of doubly-curved geometries in concrete using 3D knitting. She is the main author of the award-winning KnitCandela shell and has been included in the MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 list in 2019.