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Stefana Parascho


Wednesday, 24.10.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor D, MAS Cluster

Stefana Parascho is a PhD researcher at Gramazio Kohler Research, as part of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich. She received her architecture degree from the University of Stuttgart and has worked for Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering and Design-to-Production Stuttgart. After her studies, she has taught and researched at the University of Stuttgart, Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design and at ETH Zurich, Gramazio Kohler Research. Her current research focus lies in the development of multi-robotic assembly processes for architectural applications and integrative design methods for the design of robotically fabricated structures.

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Individual Thesis 2017 / 18

MAS Final Presentation

Wednesday, 19.09.2018, 9:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

During the final trimester students pursue individual or group projects with a strong focus on their interests developed throughout the academic year. Those can range from highly specific interventions within ongoing research from NCCR, broader explorations on topics of technology in architecture as well as personal fascination regarding state of the art building culture. The final presentations reflect on research and design environments alike and we cordially invite professionals as well as all curious guests to join us. The following Apero provides an informal backdrop for getting directly in touch with students, researchers and professors.

Luka Piscorec

Luka Piškorec

LECTURE Digital Fabrication Series

Thursday, 21.06.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Luka Piškorec studied architecture at the University of Zagreb in Croatia and worked in architectural offices in Croatia and Switzerland. He continued his studies at the ETH Zürich and received his Master of Science in Architecture (MSc ETH Arch) in 2011. As a research assistant at Gramazio Kohler Research, he was leading the Chair’s elective course and elective thesis workshops. From 2015 to 2017 he was involved in organizing and teaching at the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication. In 2015 he co-founded the Zurich based TEN Association, a group dedicated to initiation and promotion of cultural ventures, with which he exhibited at Swiss Art Awards in 2018. Since 2017 he works as Lecturer in Design of Structures at Aalto University in Helsinki.

Elena Manderfini

Elena Manferdini

LECTURE MAS Project Review

Tuesday, 19.06.2018, 18:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Elena Manferdini, principal and owner of Atelier Manferdini, has over fifteen years of professional experience in architecture, art, design, and education. She graduated from the University of Civil Engineering (Bologna, Italy) and later received her Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA). In 2004 she founded Atelier Manferdini in Venice, CA. The office has completed projects in the US, Europe and Asia. Her artwork received the prestigious 2016 Public Art North America award and is part of the permanent collections of SFMoMA and LACMA. Since 2003 Elena has been part of the design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where she is now the Graduate Programs Chair.

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Antoine Picon

KEYNOTE Schwerpunkte 6

Tuesday, 08.05.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Antoine Picon is professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Co-Director of Doctoral Programs (PhD & DDes) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has published extensively on this subject with a special accent paid to themes like engineering history, urban and regional planning history, and the history of utopian thought. In his lecture "Automation, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture" he will address the impact of automation on building culture through the lenses of design agency and materiality and elaborate on the potential dramatic shifts in the definition of the architectural disciple.

Image: Canadian Center for Architecture

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Terry Knight

KEYNOTE Schwerpunkte 6

Friday, 04.05.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Terry Knight is a Professor of Design and Computation in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In her lecture she examines the challenging efforts to undo the designing/making divide through automation and digital technologies, whether the goal is an autonomous, linear process or a more interactive and cyclical one. In revisiting the decades old, but still unique, computational theory of design based on shape grammars this talk looks at how both the spatial and temporal aspects of designing and making - as out-of-the-mind practices - are enabled with these techniques.

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RC3 Bartlett

RC3 The Bartlett

EVENT study trip

Wednesday, 25.04.2018, 10:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB

The Bartlett, B-Pro Research Cluster 3 MArch Architectural Design is led by Tyson Hosmer, Octavian Gheorghiu as well as David Reeves and will visit the MAS17/18 as part of a field trip. The studio entitled "Living Architecture" explores new design models that self-assess and self- improve utilizing machine learning algorithms. In revising the work of poineering researchers such as John Von Neumann and Stuart Kauf, the aim is to embed local adaptability directly into the design process while maintaining interrelations between simple geometric data and material fabrication strategies.

Image: Caelyn Cao & Ning Wang

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Kendra Byrne

LECTURE Digital Fabrication Series

Wednesday, 11.04.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Kendra Byrne is a hybrid designer and technologist at heart with proven chops incubating innovative products and concept applications. She leads software and design teams to build tools that empower people to do things they thought they never thought possible and to create experiences that incite the imagination. Having co-founded Bot&Dolly (later X:the Moonshot Factory) before, Kendra is currently co-founder and Head of Product of technology start-up Figure.

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Tim Schork

LECTURE Digital Fabrication Series

Monday, 09.04.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Tim Schork co-founded the transdisciplinary design practice Mesne Design Studio and he is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, School of Architecture. He received his PhD from RMIT University in 2013 for his research on the transformative effects and contributory role of integrative computational design strategies on the practices of architecture. His research investigates the progressive integration of computational design and simulation techniques with contemporary digital fabrication processes and material technology in terms of their architectonic, constructive, economic and ecological potential.

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Yijiang Huang

Yijiang Huang


Monday, 26.03.2018, 12:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Robotic assembly planning: towards construction-driven geometry guidance: Interest in robotic fabrication and construction of structures has grown significantly within the community of digital architectural design in recent years. However, while a level of abstraction has been observed in the planning problem of many robotic assembly applications, architects are still manually planning for the robots, which calls for a systematic assembly sequence and robotic motion planning to fully unlock the robot’s dexterity and enable materialization of complex input geometry from designers. This research presents a new way to apply automated assembly sequence and motion planning to robotic assembly of geometries with nonstandard topologies.

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Digital Metal - Deep Facade

MAS Final Presentation

Friday, 23.03.2018, 14:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Guests: Jessica Rosenkrantz, Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, Lei Yu

Throughout two months the MAS students designed and fabricated a spectacular self-supporting facade structure to explore the unique potential of metal casting which utilizes 3D-printed moulds. How can the geometric freedom offered by additive manufacturing combined with structural capabilities of metal inform the appearance and tectonic of a future cast facade? Participants were encouraged to research three dimensional features for such a fabrication framework comprehensively. During the final presentation students will present their work thoroughly to invited guest, directing professors and associated researchers.

Lei Yu


Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Friday, 23.03.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Lei Yu is an architect and researcher from China focused on computational design, digital fabrication, and interactive architecture. He is the founder of Archi-solution Workshop, cofounder of Digital Architecture Design Association (DADA), China, and cofounder of Laboratory of Creative Design (LCD), China. He is a graduate of the Harvard GSD, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University.

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Nervous System LECTURE

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Thursday, 22.03.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Founded in 2007 by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, Nervous System has pioneered the application of new technologies in design, including generative systems, 3D printing, and webGL. Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, they write computer programs based on processes and found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry, and housewares.

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Michael Hensel LECTURE

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Tuesday, 06.03.2018, 11:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Prof. Dr. Michael Ulrich Hensel is a German architect, researcher, educator and writer. As prolific proponent of the theoretical design approach entitled "performance-oriented architecture", he taught and published world-wide as well as established numerous research associations and networks. Currently, he is Professor for Architecture at AHO, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway. Since 2011 he is director of the Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics - RCATHis lecture titled "Embedded Architectures & Information-based Design" will illustrate recent projects of RCAT and the Advanced Computational Design Laboratory at AHO.

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Thursday, 22.02.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB

We invite prospective students to our Open Day Event on Thursday, February 22nd at 17.00. Discover our labs on ETH Hönggerberg Campus (building HIB) and meet Professors, MAS teaching staff, students and alumni to get first-hand information about the Master of Advanced Studies ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication.

Please register online using  the online form.

RC9 Bartlett

RC9 The Bartlett EVENT

Tuesday, 20.02.2018, 18:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB

The Bartlett, B-Pro Research Cluster 9 MArch Architectural Design is led by Soomeen Ham, Alvaro Lopez with Abel Maciel and will visit the MAS17/18 as part of a field trip. The group explores the interaction between human, machine and data and their mutual relationships throughout the computational design and fabrication processes. They pose the question what is the most meaningful role for each of these three components in regards to the way we live, the way we build our living environment. In utilizing mixed reality and ubiquitous computing technologies, RC9 aims to challenge the traditional notion of human-machine and human-information relationships, making the human (designer) intuition an important part of this equation

Student work Digital Metal

Digital Metal Pavilion EXHIBITION

Shanghai Urban Space Art Season (SUSAS) 2017

The Shanghai Urban Space Art Season (SUSAS) 2017 exhibits worldwide outstanding cases of waterfront area and public area regeneration to discuss the future of waterfront areas in Shanghai. Amongst the displayed works in the main exhibition is the project “Digital Metal Pavilion” built by students of the Master of Advanced Studies ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication (MAS ETH DFAB).


Find more information on the project page.

Photo: Bian Lin

Manuel Kretzer

Manuel Kretzer LECTURE

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Tuesday, 30.01.2018, 18:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space 2

Dr. Manuel Kretzer is currently visiting professor at the Braunschweig University of Art, teaching the subject ‘Digital Crafting’ as well as course tutor at the Institute of Media and Design, Technical University Braunschweig. Manuel is the founder of the ‘materiability research network’, an educational platform that provides open access to cutting edge new material developments and technologies and ‘responsive design studio’, a design office that works on various scales, including architecture, interior, landscape, furniture and object design. From 2010 until 2015 he taught at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, ETH Zurich, where he finished his doctoral degree, focusing on smart materials and adaptive architecture. 

Chistoph Guberan

Christoph Guberan LECTURE

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Wednesday, 10.01.2018, 11:00 - 12:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space 2

Christophe Guberan is a product designer based in Switzerland and the USA. He is the 2016 laureate of the prestigious Hublot Design Prize and the recipient of the Leenards Foundation Culture Award 2013. He pushes the boundaries of material interactions, self-assembly, and aesthetics in his creations. Christophe’s products have been showcased at internationally recognized exhibitions and festivals such as Mutations/Créations at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2017, the Milan Furniture Fair and at Design Koishikawa in Tokyo. His Hydro-Fold project, consisting of self-folding paper printed from a desktop 2D printer, has received wide academic and public attention that resulted in an ongoing collaboration with MIT's Self-Assembly Lab.

Stuent work - Smart FCM Formwork


Wednesday, 20.12.2017, 14:00 - 18:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space 2

Guest: Prof. Ingrid Paoletti

Smart FDM Formwork is a four-week-long focus project where the MAS students are encouraged to critically challenge the topic of geometric freedom for formworks and, implicitly, for concrete architecture in general. How do we exploit the unprecedented design freedom in concrete  promised by the advent of large scale 3D printing fabrication processes? We investigate functional features that can be integrated in the formwork and how these features can have a beneficial impact on the concrete components.

Photo: Federico Giacomarra & Matteo Pacher

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Tuesday, 21.11.2017, 14:00 - 18:00, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space


Matthias Böttger, Christophe Guberan, Norman Sieroka

In a short-term project we have investigated the design potentials of Jammed Architectural Structures, that can be characterized as compression-only and fully reversible material systems. The Jamming Transition which turns loose granular matter into solid material state is a complex process. As a consequence, students have taken multiple parameters into consideration to develop a holistic design approach: the fabrication process and sequence, the raw material and the geometry to be built are all directly related and impacting the nature of the final artifacts that will be presented.

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Nader Tehrani LECTURE 

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Tuesday, 08.06.2017, 11:00, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space

The Digital Fabrication Lecture Series hosted Iranian-American architect and researcher Nader Tehrani. Throughout his lecture titled “Instrumentalities: From Representation to Generation”, Tehrani navigated through a chronological selection from his ouvre. His projects demonstrated how digitalisation unleashes new potentials and challenges which requires architects to push beyond conventional design thinking.

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International peer reviewed conference

Thursday 06.04. - Sunday 09.04.2017, University of Stuttgart, Germany

FABRICATE is an international peer reviewed conference with supporting publication on the theme of Digital Fabrication. Discussing the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes, and its impact on design and making in the 21st century, FABRICATE brings together pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation. Discussion on key themes include: how digital fabrication technologies are enabling new creative and construction opportunities from component to building scales, the difficult gap that exists between digital modelling and its realisation, material performance and manipulation, off-site and on-site construction, interdisciplinary education, economic and sustainable contexts.

Philip Yuan

Philip Yuan LECTURE 

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Tuesday, 11.04.2017, 11:00, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space

Philip F. Yuan is a Professor in the College of Architecture and Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University and Council member of the Architectural Society of China (ASC). He is the co-founder of the Digital Architectural Design Association (DADA) of the ASC and founding partner of Shanghai Archi-Union Architects. He was a visiting scholar at MIT during 2008~2009.

He established the Digital Design Research Center (DDRC) in 2010 and has organized the “DigitalFUTURE Shanghai” summer school program for the past 6 years. His research focuses on computational design and digital fabrication.

Skylar Tibbits

Skylar Tibbits LECTURE

MaP Distinguished Lecture Series on Additive Manufacturing

Tuesday, 28.03.2017, 16:15, ETH Zurich Zentrum, HG E1.1

Additive Manufacturing (AM), popularly also called 3D Printing, is a topic of global and future relevance from the field of materials and process engineering.

Initially used for rapid prototyping, the AM technology evolves towards rapid tooling, rapid manufacturing and mass customization. The versatility of this technology is highlighted in the multitude of different applications spanning from automotive, aerospace and medical to construction, fashion, food and pharmaceutical industries. AM brings benefits to research and niche markets where it is overcoming current limitations and its potential is believed to stretch far beyond as it may likely disrupt every field it touches.

Geoffrey West lecture

Geoffrey West LECTURE 

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Thursday, 02.02.2017, 11:00, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space

Geoffrey West is a theoretical physicist whose primary interests have been in fundamental questions in physics, especially those concerning the elementary particles, their interactions and cosmological implications. West served as Santa Fe Institute President from July 2005 through July 2009. Prior to joining the Santa Fe Institute as a Distinguished Professor in 2003, he was the leader, and founder, of the high energy physics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he is one of only approximately ten Senior Fellows. His long-term fascination in general scaling phenomena evolved into a highly productive collaboration on the origin of universal scaling laws that pervade biology from the molecular genomic scale up through mitochondria and cells to whole organisms and ecosystems. 

Neri Oxman  lecture

Neri Oxman LECTURE

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Thursday, 09.12.2016, 11:00, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space

Neri Oxman is the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs the Mediated Matter research group. Her team conducts research at the intersection of computational design, digital fabrication, materials sciences and synthetic biology, applying that knowledge to design across disciplines, media and scales - from the micro scale to the building scale.

Oxman’s goal is to augment the relationship between built, natural, and biological environments by employing design principles inspired and engineered by nature, and implementing them in the invention of novel design technologies.

Xavier de Kestelier

Xavier de Kestelier LECTURE 

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Thursday, 10.11.2016, 15:30, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space

Xavier De Kestelier is joint head of Foster + Partners’ Specialist Modelling Group (SMG), the architecture practice’s multi-disciplinary research and development group. With this team of computational architects and engineers, he has worked on projects such as Beijing Airport, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Kuwait Airport and the Yachtplus super yachts. His team has acted as a design and technology catalyst and has been involved in ground breaking research in the field of large scale 3d printing. They were for example part of a consortium set up by the European Space Agency (ESA) to explore the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as building matter.

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