Karola Dierichs is a Professor of ‚Material and Code‘ at the weißensee school of art and design berlin within the Excellence Cluster ‚Matters of Activity‘ (MoA) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She has been conferred her doctoral degree with distinction from the University of Stuttgart in 2019. Previously she has studied at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and the Technical University of Braunschweig.
Teaching engagements included the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London, the Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC) in Frankfurt and the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) in Stuttgart.
At the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) Karola Dierichs has conducted research on ‚Granular Architectures‘, where she has developed designed granular materials in architecture. She has been engaged in transdisciplinary research collaborating nationally and internationally, among others with the Institute for Multiscale Simulation (MSS), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany and the Behringer Lab, Duke University, USA. She has published numerous articles in her field and lectured both within Europe and the USA. Her research on designed granular materials has been recognized with the ‚Holcim Acknowledgement Award Europe 2014‘ and the ‚materialPREIS Acknowledgement Study and Vision 2019‘. Selected works have been included in the traveling exhibition ‚Hello, Robot.‘ starting 2017 at the Vitra Design Museum, Germany and the opening exhibition ‚Minding the Digital‘ of the Design Society in Shenzhen, China.