Flexible Composite Materials
in Architecture, Construction and Interiors
René MOTRO received the B.Eng. degree in civil engineering form the Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Appliqués, Lyon, France, in 1968, and the Ph.D. degree from the Université Paul Sabatier in 1975. Doctor in Sciences since 1983 at Montpellier University, he is now Full Professor. He has been the head of the Laboratoire de Mécanique et de Génie Civil (LMGC), Montpellier, France until December 2003. He was a scientific advisor for the "Art de l’ingénieur" exhibition, held at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 1997. In 2004, he organized the annual symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS). He received several distinctions including the "Tsuboi Award" from the IASS in 1998 and 2007, and the "pioneer Award" from the Research Centre for Space Structures, Guildford, U.K., for his work on tensegrity structures and other space structures. He authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 19 chapters in collective books, and he also authored the book Tensegrity: Structural Systems for the Future (Hermes Penton Sciences, 2003).