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Tobias Schwinn
2011 - current   
Research Associate

Tobias Schwinn
Dipl.-Ing., LEED AP

Tobias Schwinn studied architecture at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany and at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia as part of the US-EU Joint Consortium for Higher Education. He received his diploma-engineering degree in 2005.

Prior to joining the ICD, Tobias worked as a Senior Designer for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP in New York and London focusing on aspects of computational design such as parametric design, complex geometry, automation and sustainability.

He has been invited studio critic at Columbia GSAPP, Harvard GSD, Pratt Institute, AA London and has taught various workshops on computational design and digital fabrication, among others at Monash University in Melbourne, the University of Porto (FAUP), the Robotics in Architecture Conference in 2012, the Middle Eastern Technical University in Ankara (METU), the University of East London (UEL), or the master course at the Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA).

His research focus is the integration of robotic fabrication into the computational design process.





  • Fabrication Agency Thesis Advisor 2016
  • Behavioural Fabrication Seminar 2016
  • ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16
  • Computational Design and Digital Fabrication Seminar 2015
  • Fabrication Agency Thesis Advisor 2015
  • Thesis Preparation Studio 2014/15
  • Performative Morphology Studio 2014/15
  • Architectural Biomimetics 2014/15
  • Computational Design and Digital Fabrication Seminar 2014
  • ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2013-14


  • Robotic Sewing of Timber Veneer, 2016. RobArch Conference, Sydney
  • KUKA-certified Basic Robot Programming workshop, 2016. University
    of Stuttgart with KUKA College Gersthofen, Stuttgart & Augsburg
  • KUKA-certified Basic Robot Programming workshop, 2015. University
    of Stuttgart with KUKA College Gersthofen, Stuttgart & Augsburg
  • Wood Plate Morphologies, 2014. Monash University, Melbourne
  • Future Traditions, 2013. University of Porto (FAUP), Porto
  • Wood Morphologies, 2012. RobArch Conference, Stuttgart
  • Parametric Design Workshop, 2011. METU, Ankara

Publications, first author:

Schwinn, T., & Menges, A.: 2015, Fabrication Agency: Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall. In Architectural Design, 85(5), 92–99. doi:10.1002/ad.1960

Schwinn, T., Krieg, O., Menges, A.: 2015, Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall: Robotically Fabricated Lightweight Timber Shell. In Yuan, P., Menges, A., Leach, N. (eds): Robotic Futures, Tongji University Press, Shanghai, pp. 118-123. (ISBN 978-7-5608-5845-6)

Schwinn, T., Krieg, O.D., Menges, A.: 2014, Behavioral Strategies: Synthesizing design computation and robotic fabrication of lightweight timber plate structures. In Design Agency [Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)], Los Angeles, pp. 177–188. (ISBN 9781926724478)

Schwinn, T., La Magna, R., Reichert, S., Waimer, F., Knippers, J., Menges, A.: 2013, Prototyping Biomimetic Structures for Architecture, in Stacey, M. (ed.), Prototyping Architecture: The Conference Papers, Building Centre Trust, London, pp. 224-244. (ISBN 978-0-901919-17-5)

Schwinn, T., Krieg, O., Menges, A.: 2012, Robotically Fabricated Wood Plate Morphologies – Robotic Prefabrication of a Biomimetic, Geometrically Differentiated Lightweight Finger Joint Timber Plate Structure, in Brell Cokcan, S., Braumann, J. (eds.), Proceedings of the Robots in Architecture Conference 2012, TU Vienna, Springer, Vienna, pp. 28-47. (ISBN 978-3709114643)

Schwinn, T., Krieg, O., Menges, A., Mihaylov, B., Reichert, S.: 2012, Machinic Morphospaces: Biomimetic Design Strategies for the Computational Exploration of Robot Constraint Spaces for Wood Fabrication, in Cabrinha, M., Johnson, J., Steinfeld, K. (eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), San Francisco, pp. 157-168. (ISBN 978-1-62407-267-3)

Scientific review committee:

  • Fabricate 2017
  • ACADIA 2016
  • Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016
  • Smart Geometry 2016
  • Robots in Architecture 2016
  • ACADIA 2014
  • Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014
  • ACADIA 2012

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