Current work

As an École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) fellow co-funded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships from the European Commission, Dr. Catherine De Wolf is conducting postdoctoral research with Prof. Corentin Fivet on environmental impacts of applying circular economy principles to building structures in Switzerland, in the Structural Xploration Lab (SXL) within the smart living lab, a research and development center for the built environment of the future.


After studying Civil Engineering and Architecture at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), she obtained a Masters of Science in Building Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This was followed by a PhD in Architecture: Building Technology at MIT with Prof. John Ochsendorf. Her dissertation was about low carbon pathways for structural design. During her PhD, she also worked in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Previous Work

Professional experiences include working for Arup, Ney & Partners and other leading architectural and structural design firms. Ensuring a continuous link between academic background and industrial real life experience is a key element in Catherine's work. Her workshops at offices as well as in universities also reflect this concern. She also launched the Structural Engineers 2050 Commitment Initiative with the Carbon Leadership Forum and leading structural engineering companies such as Arup and Thornton Tomasetti.

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