Tobias Schwinn is a lecturer (Akademischer Rat) at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. In research and teaching, he is focusing on behavior-based approaches for integrating robotic fabrication and computational design processes in the context of segmented shell structures. As Head of Research and Research Infrastructure, he is also in charge of the robotic fabrication equipment at the institute’s Robolab and the Computational Construction Laboratory in Wangen.

Prior to joining the ICD in 2011, Tobias worked as a Senior Designer for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP in New York and London applying computational design approaches such as parametric design and scripting to automation, complex geometry, and sustainability at all design stages.

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 2005.

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 University of Sydney as part of the Robotics in Architecture Conference in 2016, at Monash University in Melbourne (MADA) in 2014, at the University of Porto (FAUP) in 2013, at TU Vienna as part of the Robotics in Architecture Conference in 2012, at the Middle Eastern Technical University in Ankara (METU) in 2011, the University of East London (UEL), or the master course at the Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA).


  • Tel.: +49 (0)711 685-81924
  • Address: Keplerstraße 11, 70174 Stuttgart
  • Room: 10.23




  • Computational Design and Digital Fabrication Seminar, Spring 2018
  • Computational Design Techniques and Design Thinking Seminar, Fall 2017/18
  • 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


  • KUKA-certified Basic Robot Programming workshop, since 2015 bi-anually. University of Stuttgart with KUKA College Gersthofen, Stuttgart & Augsburg
  • Robotic Sewing of Timber Veneer, 2016. RobArch Conference, Sydney
  • 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., Krieg, O. D., & Menges, A.: 2016, Robotic Sewing: A Textile Approach Towards the Computational Design and Fabrication of Lightweight Timber Shells. In POSTHUMAN FRONTIERS: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines, Ann Arbor, pp. 224–233.

Schwinn, T.: 2016, Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall. In A. Menges, T. Schwinn, O.D. Krieg (Eds.), Advancing Wood Architecture : A Computational Approach, New York: Routledge, pp. 111–124 ISBN: 978-1-138-93298-2

Schwinn, T.: 2016, Manufacturing Perspectives. In A. Menges, T. Schwinn, O.D. Krieg (Eds.), Advancing Wood Architecture : A Computational Approach, New York: Routledge, pp. 185–197. ISBN: 978-1-138-93298-2

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)

Schwinn, T.: 2012, Programmable Logic. In N. Leach (Ed.), Scripting the Future, Shanghai: Tongji University Press, pp. 56–61.

Scientific review committee:

  • Fabricate 2020, UCL, London
  • ACADIA 2019, Austin, TX
  • Research Culture in Architecture 2018, Kaiserslautern
  • Robots in Architecture 2018, Zürich
  • Fabricate 2017, Stuttgart
  • ACADIA 2016, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016, Zurich
  • Smart Geometry 2016, Gothenburg
  • Robots in Architecture 2016, Sydney
  • ACADIA 2014, Los Angeles
  • Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014, London
  • ACADIA 2012, San Francisco