Robin Oval is a structural engineer from the French engineering school École Nationale des Ponts & Chaussées in Paris.
After a two-year scientific curriculum in the French ‘classes préparatoires’ to prepare for the selective entrance exams for the French engineering schools, he entered the École des Ponts in 2012 to follow a double degree in Structure & Architecture, with the French architecture school EAVT. In 2014 he chose to do a gap year to work for the structural engineering office Bollinger + Grohmann in Frankfurt. There he gained practical experience by working on projects such as the Belvedere of Renzo Piano in Vienna and the European Commission of KSP Architekten in Luxemburg.
His final year at École des Ponts focused on the design of advanced structures, such as elastic gridshells and creased shells. His Master’s thesis in the Block Research Group tackles the design of force patterns for funicular form finding, that was applied at an early stage to the BRG exhibition ‘Beyond the Dome’ at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Robin is currently doing a joint PhD with the Laboratoire Navier at ENPC in Paris and the Block Research Group on the design, optimisation and analysis of shell and gridshell structures for architecture.