Atanas Zhelev

Atanas Zhelev


Digital Architects Ltd.

Atanas has a degree in Engineering from Tokyo University of Science in Japan and received a Master Degree of Architecture from The University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He was part of the famous Studio of Zaha Hadid in Vienna between 2013 and 2015.

In 2016 together with Executive Partner and COO – Mariya Korolova he founded Design Technology Start-Up – Digital Architects. The company was joined by Executive Partner and CTO – Iurii Suchak in 2018. Digital Architects core value is to provide Design, Engineering and Manufacturing services for highly efficient and uniquely 3D shaped architectural structures.

From April 2017, Atanas has joined University of Innsbruck, Institute of Experimental Architecture – Hochbau as an Assistant Professor and PhD Researcher working on the development of material technologies for highly efficient double curved structural surfaces together with Prof. Rames Najjar.

He is also a consultant to other organizations in the field of technical and organizational innovations in architecture such as Indo-Austrian NGO Thinking Hand and Reparametrize Studio.

Getting to know Atanas

What can participants expect to take away from your presentation? 

‘How composites can benefit design and satisfy the needs of architects. How wood can help to achieve affordable and structural composite material with high design value.’

Looking at the 2019 CompIC programme, aside from your own, who’s presentation are you looking forward to?

‘Structural Performance of Steel-Free Bridge Deck Panel – Dr Hesham Tuwair, Dhofar University. Our company is involved in a design competition for a pedestrian bridge deck made from composites and we are interested in the work of Dr Tuwair.’

What excites you about the future of the use of Composite Materials in the Construction Industry?

‘Architects and engineers in architecture have always been trying to overcome gravity and achieve lightness in their designs. Composite materials give great possibilities for new design typologies and truly light and optimum structures. This freedom of design is very exciting.’

What do you like to do in your spare time?

‘Spending time with my family.’

Cats or Dogs?

Cats. Definitely.

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