Christopher John Kenneth Williams

Artistic Professor at Architectural theory and methods

Chris Williams’ research hinges on the relationship between geometry and structural action as applied to towers, bridges and fabric and shell structures, as well as the response of these flexible structures to wind. His work in the generation of structural form through biological and other analogies has led to collaboration on projects including the Frei Otto’s Multihalle gridshells in Mannheim, the British Museum Great Court Roof, the Savill Building, the Gardens by the Bay glasshouses and the Netherlands Maritime Museum.

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Showing 23 publications

2022

Design of tension structures and shells using the Airy stress function

Alexander Sehlström, Karl-Gunnar Olsson, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
International Journal of Space Structures. Vol. 37 (2), p. 94-106
Journal article
2021

The analytic and numerical form-finding of minimal surfaces and their application as shell structures

Alexander Sehlström, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2020/21 and the 7th International Conference on Spatial Structures
Paper in proceeding
2021

The construction of new masonry bridges inspired by Paul Séjourné

Emil Adiels, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2020/21 and the 7th International Conference on Spatial Structures: Inspiring the Next Generation
Paper in proceeding
2021

Tensioned principle curvature cable nets on minimal surfaces

Alexander Sehlström, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
Advances in Architectural Geometry 2021, p. 84-107
Paper in proceeding
2020

Form-Finding of Shells Containing Both Tension and Compression Using the Airy Stress Function

Masaaki Miki, Emil Adiels, William Baker et al
Preprint
2019

Unloaded prestressed shell formed from a closed surface unattached to any supports

Alexander Sehlström, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
Form and Force - IASS Symposium 2019 and Structural Membranes 2019. Vol. 2019, p. 167-174
Paper in proceeding
2019

Architecture from textiles in motion

Erica Hörteborn, Malgorzata Zboinska, Delia Dumitrescu et al
Form and Force - IASS Symposium 2019 and Structural Membranes 2019, p. 2371-2378
Paper in proceeding
2019

The design , fabrication and assembly of an asymptotic timber gridshell

Emil Adiels, Cecilie Brandt-Olsen, Johanna Isaksson et al
Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019 - Structural Membranes 2019, Form and Force, p. 736-743
Paper in proceeding
2019

A building of unlimited height

Mats Ander, Jens Olsson, Paul Shepherd et al
IASS 60TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM (IASS SYMPOSIUM 2019) - 9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TEXTILE COMPOSITES AND INFLATABLE STRUCTURES (STRUCTURAL MEMBRANES 2019), p. 1465-1472
Paper in proceeding
2019

Architecture and Engineering - education of Form and Force

Karl-Gunnar Olsson, Ulf Janson, Magnus Persson et al
IASS 60TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM (IASS SYMPOSIUM 2019) - 9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TEXTILE COMPOSITES AND INFLATABLE STRUCTURES (STRUCTURAL MEMBRANES 2019), p. 145-152
Paper in proceeding
2018

Advances in Architectural Geometry 2018

Lars Hesselgren, Axel Kilian, Olga Sorkine Hornung et al
Proceedings (editor)
2018

Design, fabrication and assembly of a geodesic gridshell in a student workshop

Emil Adiels, Nicolo Bencini, Cecilie Brandt-Olsen et al
Other conference contribution
2018

Form Finding Nodal Connections in Grid Structures

Francis Aish, Martha Tsigkari, Jens Olsson et al
Paper in proceeding
2018

The use of virtual work for the formfinding of fabric, shell and gridshell structures

Emil Adiels, Mats Ander, Erica Hörteborn et al
Proceedings of the Advances in Architectural Geometry conference 2018, p. 286-315
Paper in proceeding
2018

Conference Workshop 9: Textile architecture (in)formed by wind - Design processes and tools

Delia Dumitrescu, Benjamin Felbrich, Erica Hörteborn et al
Other conference contribution
2017

The Equilibrium of Corrugated Plates and Shells

S. Malek, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
Nexus Network Journal. Vol. 19 (3), p. 619-627
Journal article
2017

Brick patterns on shells using geodesic coordinates

Emil Adiels, Mats Ander, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017. IASS Annual Symposium 2017; Hamburg, Germany; 25 - 28 September 2017
Paper in proceeding
2017

From a weightless bent wire coat hanger to shell structures via the beltrami stress tensor

Samar Malek, Allan McRobie, Paul Shepherd et al
Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures. Vol. 58 (1), p. 39-50
Journal article
2017

Prestressed gridshell structures

Alexander Sehlström, Mats Ander, Christopher John Kenneth Williams et al
Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2017
Paper in proceeding
2017

Sculptural form finding with bending action

Jens Olsson, Christopher John Kenneth Williams, Mats Ander et al
International association for shell and spatial structures (IASS)
Paper in proceeding
2016

Graphic statics using discontinuous Airy stress functions

A. McRobie, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
International Journal of Space Structures. Vol. 31 (2-4), p. 121-134
Journal article
2015

The use of dynamic relaxation to solve the differential equation describing the shape of the tallest possible building

D Naicu, Christopher John Kenneth Williams
In: VII International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures
Paper in proceeding
2014

Shell Structures for Architecture: Form Finding and Optimization

Sigrid Adriaenssens, Philippe Block, Diederik Veenendaal et al
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2019–2022

3D printed nodes for structural steelwork connections in civil engineering and architecture

Christopher John Kenneth Williams Architectural theory and methods
Mats Ander Material and Computational Mechanics
Jens Olsson Architectural theory and methods
Karl-Gunnar Olsson Architectural theory and methods
Eduard Hryha Materials and manufacture
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