Robotic Fabrication & Material Innovation: MRAC Students Meet Fabio Gramazio

Fabio Gramazio, one of the seven members of the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) Scientific Committee, joined this week a debate session and lecture at IAAC about the future of the Construction Industry.

Robotic Fabrication and Material Innovation were the main ingredients of the award-winning designs presented, ranging from 1:1 prototype installations to robotically fabricated high-rises.

Fabio Gramazio 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 in conjunction with his partner Matthias Kohler, where numerous award-wining designs have been realised. Current projects include the design of the Empa NEST research platform, a future living and working laboratory for sustainable building construction.

Opening also the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zurich, Gramazio & 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.