Robot Made: Large-Scale Robotic Timber Fabrication in Architecture

Research Associate Oliver David Krieg of the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), and Assistant Professor David Correa from University of Waterloo will hold a workshop on robotic fabrication at the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, from September 9th to 13th, divided into two parts.
Using a state of the art eight axis industrial robot configuration, the workshop will guide participants through the unique technical and conceptual foundations that underpin robotic milling in wood through the development of a full-scale fabrication project.


The workshop is structured as a two full-day intensive training with the robot on the weekend, followed by a hands-on fabrication session the following three days:

Part I: Robot Training (9.9 – 10.9.)
The two full-day training sessions will cover an introduction to the computational design tools used during the workshop, robot operation, controls, and safety procedures.

Part II: Fabrication / Prototyping (11.9. – 13.9.)
Participants will directly engage in the design and fabrication process by starting with a base geometry during the design phase, generating a buildable structure using computational design tools in feedback to the machine’s constraints. Participants will take control of the robot and assist in the prefabrication of an architectural prototype made from large timber elements. The prototype will then be assembled and set up on campus.


For more information and registration please visit the CAWP website.


By using advanced timber fabrication techniques and taking full advantage of the extended fabrication range of the multi-axis set up, large sections of plywood will be custom milled and assembled on-site into a unique one-to-one scale architectural prototype. The prefabricated elements will serve as a sub-structure for off-the-self façade planks. Once assembled, they form a stable, doubly-curved building system. The prototype will showcase distinctive wood fabrication possibilities that integrate computational design, material characteristics, and digital fabrication in a direct design to production paradigm.



Visualisation of the prototypcial construction system


ICD Institute for Computational Design and Construction

Oliver David Krieg, Prof. Achim Menges

University of Waterloo

Assistant Prof. David Correa

Organized and Supported by

Centre for Advanced Wood Processing,
University of British Columbia – Iain Macdonald, Jörn Dettmer

School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture – AnnaLisa Meyboom
University of British Columbia

Forestry Innovation Investment