Tommaso Pagnacco

Tommaso Pagnacco

Bollinger + Grohmann


Tommaso Pagnacco joined Bollinger + Grohmann in January 2015 after obtaining a first master degree in architectural engineering at Politecnico di Milano and a second master in structural engineering from the ESTP Paris.

In the last working years, he worked on several international projects with well-known artists such as Studio Eliasson, Arik Levy and Jeff Koons specialising mainly in steel and glass structures.

Some of the noteworthy projects on which Tommaso worked are the “Morland, Mixite Capitale” in Paris with David Chipperfield Architects, the “Hilo, Nest” concrete shell structure in cooperation with Block Research Group (ETH) and the entrance canopy and façade of one of the most important art museum in New York with DS+R architects.

His international experience and a solid knowledge in structural engineering allow him to develop optimized solutions to architectural challenges with particular focus to details quality when it comes to façades or sculptures.

Over the last two years, Tommaso is doing a PhD in collaboration with Bollinger + Grohmann and Politecnico di Milano about “Multi-objective optimisation in complex envelopes” trying to focus on the impact of an early engagement when integrating light and structure inside glazed roofs.


18/10/2018 – dalle 15:00 alle 17:00

“Computational Design e Progettazione Multi-criteriale”


The integration of several aspects of a project can be considered as the new challenge of the building world nowadays. Different actors manage separate aspects of the design process in an independent way and this leads often to an unproductive conflict in the late phase of the project.

The idea of early integration is starting to be possible as more and more information is being processed by machines and controlled by numerical models. The BIM approach goes certainly in this direction, but it is used more as a representation tool rather than a design one.

The topic of the presentation covers how a multi-objective approach in an early stage can direct the project toward a more efficient direction. The presentation will focus mainly on structural and energetic aspects of complex envelopes analysed inside a parametric environment such as Grasshopper and it will try to explain the impact of an early engagement when integrating structural and energetic aspects in an early phase of the project.



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