Together with Prof. Phlippe Block and David Pigram, Bijl Architecture Director Melonie Bayl-Smith taught from 2-12 October 2012 a two-week, intensive design-build research studio on masonry vaulting at the School of Architecture of the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. The studio explored the potential of freeform, three-dimensional ribbed net vaults using tile vaulting .

In the first week, after being introduced to tile vaulting and three-dimensional equilibrium design, using RhinoVAULT, the students were split into teams to develop the structural design, do hands-on construction research, and develop an efficient formwork system for the complex rib network. In the second week, the formwork was assembled, the ribs built on the formwork and the vault webs filled in using tile vaulting. The resulting prototype pavilion Ribbed Catalan shows a unique form for compression shells.

Sponsors/Supporters of the studio - Monier, CSR Roofing, Hanania Quality Tiling Services, Lordell Trading Pty Ltd.


Melonie’s continued commitment to professional bodies and academic research can only be of benefit to future clients and collaborators.
— Gerard Reinmuth, Director of TERROIR, Associate Head of School, UTS