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Matthias Kohler is an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation. In 2000, he founded the architecture practice Gramazio Kohler Architects in conjunction with his partner Fabio Gramazio, where numerous award-wining designs have been realized. Opening also the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zurich, Matthias Kohler’s research has been formative in the field of digital architecture, setting precedence and de facto creating a new research field merging advanced architectural design and additive fabrication processes through the customised use of industrial robots. Since 2014, Matthias Kohler is also director of the new National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication.
Yves Weinand is an architect and structural engineer and founder of the Bureau d’Etudes Weinand in Liège/Belgium. He is currently working on the ice rink in Liège and the parliament building in Lausanne, where timber is used as the structural component. Since 2004 he has been Professor and Head of Ibois Laboratory for timber constructions at the EPFL. Here he directs an interdisciplinary group of architects, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists who perform research work in the fields of timber rib shells, folded timber plate structures and woven timber structures.
Martin Self is Director of Hooke Park, the Architectural Association’s woodland campus for research in timber architecture, and Director of the MArch Design & Make programme. He holds degrees in aerospace engineering and architecture theory, and worked as a consultant engineer at Ove Arup & Partners between 1996 and 2007 where he was a founding member of its Advanced Geometry Group. He has also consulted within practices including Zaha Hadid Architects and Antony Gormley Studio. He has taught at the Architectural Association since 2005 and directed Hooke Park since 2010 where he is overseeing the production of a series of student-designed experimental buildings.
Achim Menges is a registered architect and professor at the University of Stuttgart where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design. Currently he also is Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and Visiting Professor of the Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Program at the Architectural Association, London. Achim Menges’ research and practice focuses on the development of integrative design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and digital fabrication. His projects and design research has received numerous international awards, and has been published and exhibited worldwide.
Axel Kilian is an Assistant Professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture. He previously taught Computational Design at the Department of Architecture at MIT and at TU Delft. In 2006 he completed a PhD in Design and Computation at MIT on design exploration. In addition he holds a Master of Science from MIT and a professional degree in architecture from the University of the Arts Berlin. Axel Kilian has lectured widely and published extensively. His publications include Architectural Geometry and he has been involved in many conference series such as SmartGeometry, Design Modelling Symposium, and Advances in Architectural Geometry. His latest research focus is on embodied computation, the continuation of computation in the physical realm.
Volker Helm completed his studies in architecture at the University of Siegen (Germany), before specialising in CAAD as a Master of Advanced Studies under the Chair of Professor Ludger Hovestadt at ETH Zurich. His studies focused on computer-aided architectural design and automated production. He also worked for six years at Herzog & de Meuron in Basle, with a focus on the development, programming and realisation of complex geometries. Since 2010 he is a researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich. His doctoral thesis focuses on robot-based construction processes on site.
Aleksandra Anna Apolinarska is an architect with focus on geometrically complex forms, computer-aided design and digital fabrication. She gained her professional experience in various international practices, incl. Foster+Partners, designtoproduction, LAVA and UNStudio, where she participated as a designer and computational specialist in a number of challenging projects. Aleksandra Anna Apolinarska received her architectural education from Poznan University of Technology, ETH Zurich and University of Stuttgart, which she graduated with an award-winning final project. Since 2013 she is involved as lead researcher in the “Sequencial Roof” project at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication (Prof. Fabio Gramazio, Prof. Matthias Kohler) at the ETH Zurich and Arch-Tec-Lab AG Zürich, which is due for completion this year.
Christopher Robeller is an architect and postdoctoral researcher at the Timber Construction Laboratory IBOIS at EPFL Lausanne. Christopher received his architecture diploma with distinction from London Metropolitan University in 2008 and worked at ICD Stuttgart from 2008-2010, where he developed integral timber plate joints for the award-winning ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2010. Since 2011 he is working at IBOIS and received a doctoral degree from EPFL in 2015 for his thesis entitled Integral Mechanical Attachment for Timber Folded Plate Structures. His research was published in journals and conferences such as Bauingenieur, ACADIA, RobArch and AAG, where he received the Best Paper Award 2014.
Sina Nabaei is structural engineer, graduated from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées Paris. During 2007-2009, he contributed to the structural design of glass canopies of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. In 2014, he completed his Ph.D. on form-finding of Timber Fabric Structures at École polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where he explored computational approaches to deal with the nonlinear equilibrium of elastic interlaced panels. His field of expertise is on complex geometry, form-active structures and Bridge/Infrastructure engineering. He is currently working at BG Consulting Engineers Lausanne.
Glen Stellmacher is a designer from Seattle. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Architectural Association School of Architecture’s Design and Make Program. Here, he was responsible, along with 3 others for the innovative design and delivery of the Timber Seasoning Shelter, a finalist for the 2014 UK Wood Awards. Glen has lectured and helped to teach workshops in digital design and fabrication. He has worked with Kengo Kuma and Associates Architects in Tokyo, as well as architects, fabricators and shipwrights in the United States. He is currently forming his own studio based in Seattle.
Yingzi Wang is a current MArch Design & Make student at Hooke Park, the Architectural Association’s woodland campus. Yingzi has also studied architecture in China and Taiwan, and was a key member of D[a]L (Digital Architecture Lab) at Hunan University. She was involved in the Komorebi Workshop by ZHA code, ‘Mechanic Materiality’ international conference and workshop, and an academic exchange with Taiwan Tunghai University. She has practiced in URBANUS’ Shenzhen office. Currently, along with her partner, she is exploring the architectural possibilities between 3D scanning technologies and naturally crooked timber, through designing and building the Biomass Boiler House at Hooke Park.
Tobias Schwinn is research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. In his research he is focusing on the integration of robotic fabrication and computational design processes. Prior to joining the ICD in January 2011, he worked as a Senior Designer for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York and London applying computational design techniques to parametric form-finding, rationalization, complex geometry, automation and environmental design. Tobias 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 architecture in 2005.
Oliver David Krieg is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart. With the completion of his Diploma degree in 2012 he also received the faculty’s Diploma Price. Prior to that, he was working as a Graduate Assistant at the institute’s robotic prototype laboratory “RoboLab” since the beginning of 2010. With a profound interest in computational design processes and digital fabrication in architecture, he participated in several award winning and internationally published research projects. In the context of computational design his research aims to investigate the architectural potentials of robotic fabrication in wood construction.

Presented Projects include:

Arch-Tec-Lab Building
Gramazio Kohler Research
Timber Fabric Structures
IBOIS EPFL Lausanne
Timber Seasoning Shelter
Design & Make Hooke Park
Laga Exhibition Hall
ICD University of Stuttgart