Architecture and Digital Fabrication

Full price: $101.00
Member: $75.00


Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Through his research and practice Matthias Kohler is renowned for experimenting with new fabrication tools, such as robots, to achieve complex and precise fabrication with common material elements such as bricks and timber. His work celebrates the assembly of component parts and is at the cutting edge of new design possibilities.

AACA Competency: Design


Matthias Kohler: Gramazio and Kohler, Switzerland

Matthias Kohler established Gramazio and Kohler with Fabio Gramazio in Zurich in 2000. The practice quickly became known for using advanced digital logics in the realisation of built architecture. Gramazio and Kohler’s work explores highly complex architectural artifacts, built by industrial robots typically used to assemble automobiles and perform other high-precision tasks. The accuracy, strength and speed of these robots allow them to fabricate architectural forms of unprecedented complexity and intricacy.
The office’s projects include the Gantenbein vineyard façade, the Tanzhaus theatre, the Christmas lights for the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich and the sWISH* Pavilion at the Swiss National Exposition Expo.02. They are currently documenting the Research Building and Guesthouse for the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1.5 hours

    Continuing professional development hours

    1.5 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Analyse technological advances and their relationship with architecture
  • Explore the impact digital fabrication can have on design and construction
  • Suggest circumstances whereby the use of robots for construction could be justified
  • Explore how new production methods can change the way in which we design

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



    Full Price $101.00
    Member $75.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $69.00
    Graduate Member $69.00
    SONA Member (student) $40.00

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