MAS DFAB Trimester 1 Final Review - 3d printed facade

Thursday 17.12.2020, 9:00 - 12:00

To join the remote presentation, register on this  Eventbrite link.


Roland Snooks, RMIT University and Arno Schlüter, ETH Zurich

The 5-week mini-project of the MAS dfab 20-21 focuses on 3D printing facades. The students learn and develop fabrication-aware design strategies for additively manufactured facades. Topics like structural integrity or active shading are explored alongside aspects of breathability and thermal insulation.


The 16 students are divided into 8 groups, develop computational design methods, and fabricate 1:1 prototypes, using a custom robotic polymer extrusion setup. Through an iterative process of designing and 3D printing the aim is to develop smart, innovative, and integrated facade components.

Photo credits : Foteini and Wei

Moritz Mungenast

Lecture: 3D Printed Façade of the Future - From Research to Application

Friday, 11.12.2020, 14:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Moritz Mungenast is currently coordinator and managing-director of the TU München research project ‘Façade of the Future – 3D Printed, Functional-Integrated and Recyclable Façade Deutsches Museum München’. He is founder of 3F STUDIO - 3D Printed Architecture - and is responsible for its business development and strategy. Since 2009, his academic work at the TU München aims to develop architectural solutions that reduce building technology and simplify the construction processes through digital tools. In conjunction with his teaching activities along with visiting professors Jacob van Rijs, Stefan Behnisch, Max Dudler and Charles Walker amongst others, he gained his PhD (Title: ‘3D Printed Future Façade’) and directs the area of research „3D Printed Building Envelope“, which examines the potential of additive manufacturing in architecture. He initiated the TUM Group „Additive Manufacturing in Construction“ with Klaudius Henke and he is a regular speaker at universities, companies and conferences. After his architectural studies at the TU Kaiserslautern, EPFL Lausanne, UPC Barcelona and TU Munich, from 2003-11 he worked as an architect at Shigeru Ban Architects Paris and Auer+Weber+Assoziierte Munich.

Arno Schlüter

Lecture: Adaptive Façade

Friday, 11.12.2020, 11:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Arno Schlüter holds a degree (Dipl.Ing.Architektur) from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, a postgraduate degree in CAAD and a PhD in building systems from ETH Zurich. In 2010, he was appointed Assistant Professor and in 2014, Full Professor of Architecture and Building Systems (A/S) at the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), ETH Zurich. Since 2013, he is also a Principal Investigator at the Singapore-​ETH Future Cities Lab. He currently is the Head of the Institute of Technology in Architecture of ETH Zurich and a member of the management board of the ETH Energy Science Centre.


In his research, he and his interdisciplinary team focus on sustainable building systems, new adaptive components and their synergetic integration into architecture and urban design using computational approaches for modelling, analysis, and control. In 2009, he co-​founded the design and engineering office, where he is part of the management board. The work of the A/S group has been published in scientific journals, magazines and books and has won international competitions and prizes.

Roland Snooks

Lecture: Printed Tectonics

Friday, 04.12.2020, 10:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB, Zoom

Roland Snooks is director at Studio Roland Snooks and Associate Professor at RMIT University. His design research explores behavioral processes of formation drawing from the logic of swarm intelligence and operation of multi-agent algorithms. Snooks has taught widely in the US, including  Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, SCI-Arc and the Pratt Institute. He received a PhD from RMIT and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where he studied on a Fulbright scholarship. Snooks directs a research lab at RMIT University that develops computational design processes and additive manufacturing techniques through the design of experimental tectonics. His work has been published and exhibited widely and acquired for the permanent collections of institutions such as the FRAC and Centre Pompidou in France.

Digital Bamboo Pavilion exhibition at the ZAZ Bellerive
MAS Architecture and Digital Fabrication

Exhibition: September 29th until November 29th
Opening hours: Wed-Sun, 2 - 6pm


ZAZ Zentrum Architektur Zürich
Höschgasse 3, 8008 Zürich

Please find more information in the following link.

Come see the Digital Bamboo Pavilion designed by students of the Master in Advanced Studies in Architecture and Digital Fabrication 2019-2020 at the ETH Zurich. The pavilion is the result of second trimester teaching from the Chair of Digital Building Technologies.


MAS DFAB Trimester 3 Final Review Individual Thesis

Tuesday 01.09.2020, 9:00 - 17:30

Remote Presentation -  ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space


Silke Langenberg - ETH Zurich, Kathrin Dörfler - TU Munich, Jelle Feringa - Aectual, Fonteini Setaki - TU Delft, Roberto Naboni - University of Southern Denmark, Josephine Carstensen - MIT, Luka Piskorec - Aalto University, Wes McGee - University of Michigan, Stefana Parascho - Princeton University, Mania Aghaei Meibodi - University of Michigan, Wessel van Beerendonk or Lucaster Hall - Studio RAP

During the final trimester of the MAS, students pursue individual or group projects i n collaboration with the researchers from DBT and Gramazio Kohler Research, with a strong focus on their interests developed throughout the academic year. Join us!

Summer Cluster

MAS DFAB Trimester 2 Project Final Presentation

Thursday 28.05.2020, 17:00

Remote Presentation
Meeting ID: 962 2155 8213


Carlos Banon, Caitlin Mueller, Stefana Parascho, Skylar Tibbits

Summer Cluster is a complex, light weight, transportable outdoor pavilion. Over 14 weeks, the students have explored computational processes  and additive manufacturing technologies to design hundreds of bespoke elements of the bamboo structure, nylon joints and envelope. Summer Cluster will be constructed in Zurich in September 2020 to then travel to different locations in the world.

Image credits: Remy Clémente

mini eggshell

MAS Trimester 1 Project Final Presentation

Thursday, 21.11.2019, 18:30

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Open Space 2


Gilles Retsin, Jelle Feringa

mini eggshell is a four-week design and fabrication assignment in which the MAS students developed their own take on the ‘Eggshell’ fabrication concept. Through an iterative process of designing, printing and casting the aim was to develop smart, efficient and integrated building components. Various building typologies such as columns, walls, hybrid and connection elements were explored using either clay or
thermoplastic formwork, showcasing some of the possibilitiesfor future concrete construction.

Gilles Retsin

Lecture: Raw Discrete and Automated.

Thursday, 21.11.2019, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIL E8

Originally from Bruges, Belgium, Gilles Retsin is an architect and designer living in London. He studied architecture in Belgium, Chile and the UK, where he graduated from the Architectural Association. His design work and critical discourse has been internationally recognised through awards, lectures and exhibitions at major cultural institutions such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Royal Academy and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Gilles Retsin is Programme Director of the M.Arch Architectural Design at UCL, the Bartlett School of Architecture. He is also co-founder of the UCL Design Computation Lab.

Up Sticks

MAS Trimester 2 Project Exhibition Opening

2 November until 9 February 2020

V&A Dundee, Scotland

Up Sticks project unveiled at the V&A Dundee in Scotland. Up Sticks is an expressive timber structure that twists and curves using only spruce wood planks and beech wood dowels. No glue or nails were used to hold the planks in space. With limited resources of our planet, Up Sticks presents a strategy of how contemporary knowledge in computation and digital fabrication technology can be combined with traditional knowledge about construction methods.

We would like to thank V&A Dundee for their support throughout the whole project. Up Sticks was commissioned by the V&A Dundee and realised by the students of the MAS ETH DFAB together with Gramazio Kohler Research.

Concrete Choreography

MAS Trimester 2 Project Final Presentation

Friday, 14.06.2019, 14:00 - 15:30

Origen Foundation, Pale Sot 6, Riom-Parsonz


Nina Baier, Luc Merx, Oliver Domeisen

In collaboration with the Origen Festival in Riom, Switzerland the installation Concrete Choreography consists of nine, individually designed,  2.7m tall columns for an outdoor theater stage. Throughout the course of 10 weeks students of MAS ETH DFAB 18/19 explored the unique possibilities of layered extrusion printing, demonstrating the potential of computational design and digital fabrication for future concrete construction. After the presentation, the grand opening of the festival will inaugurate the installation as a new atmospheric home for the summer performance season.

Numerical Material

Symposium on Materiality in Digital Fabrication

Tuesday, 16.04.2019, 9:30 - 12:30

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space II


Mitsuhiro Kanada, Rob Wolfs, Daria Kovaleva, Sven Pfeiffer, Stephanie Chaltiel

MAS ETH DFAB 18/19 students have been engaging the topic of ‘Concrete Choreography’ for the design and fabrication of a 3D printed concrete theatre installation for the Annual Origen Festival of Culture in Riom, Graubünden. Prior to their midterm reviews, a series of short input lectures by invited experts from academia and industry who also engage with the topic will shed light on the ongoing research and state of the art in digital concrete and 3d printing in architecture.

Timber Assemblies

MAS Trimester 2 Project Final Presentation 

Thursday, 21.03.2019, 10:00 - 16:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space


Scott Brotherton, Kirsty Hassard, Jenny Kane, Philip Long, Mhairi Maxwell, Brady Peters, Yusuke Obuchi

During the second trimester students work on collaborative projects where they design and build full-scale structures. The project is based on ongoing research on robotic timber construction at the Chair for Architecture and Digital Fabrication. The team of students and researchers use and further develop a unique multi-robotic setup in the Robotic Fabrication Laboratory at ETH Zurich.

Clay Impact Printing

MAS Trimester 1 Project Final Presentation 

Thursday, 22.11.2018, 10:00 - 13:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space


Roger Boltshauser, AMUNT Architekten, HARQUITECTES 

Clay Impact Printing is a four-week design and building assignment investigating interlocking typologies that emerge through the controlled application of pressure during the assembly of malleable discrete elements. Students developed their own research into the topic and will demonstrate their approach to the fabrication process, the material, and the geometric design space which all directly influence the nature of the final artifacts.

Stefana Parascho


Wednesday, 24.10.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor D, MAS Cluster

Stefana Parascho is a PhD researcher at Gramazio Kohler Research, as part of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich. She received her architecture degree from the University of Stuttgart and has worked for Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering and Design-to-Production Stuttgart. After her studies, she has taught and researched at the University of Stuttgart, Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design and at ETH Zurich, Gramazio Kohler Research. Her current research focus lies in the development of multi-robotic assembly processes for architectural applications and integrative design methods for the design of robotically fabricated structures.

Individual Thesis 2017 / 18

MAS Final Presentation

Wednesday, 19.09.2018, 9:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

During the final trimester students pursue individual or group projects with a strong focus on their interests developed throughout the academic year. Those can range from highly specific interventions within ongoing research from NCCR, broader explorations on topics of technology in architecture as well as personal fascination regarding state of the art building culture. The final presentations reflect on research and design environments alike and we cordially invite professionals as well as all curious guests to join us. The following Apero provides an informal backdrop for getting directly in touch with students, researchers and professors.

Luka Piškorec

LECTURE Digital Fabrication Series

Thursday, 21.06.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Luka Piškorec studied architecture at the University of Zagreb in Croatia and worked in architectural offices in Croatia and Switzerland. He continued his studies at the ETH Zürich and received his Master of Science in Architecture (MSc ETH Arch) in 2011. As a research assistant at Gramazio Kohler Research, he was leading the Chair’s elective course and elective thesis workshops. From 2015 to 2017 he was involved in organizing and teaching at the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication. In 2015 he co-founded the Zurich based TEN Association, a group dedicated to initiation and promotion of cultural ventures, with which he exhibited at Swiss Art Awards in 2018. Since 2017 he works as Lecturer in Design of Structures at Aalto University in Helsinki.

Elena Manferdini

LECTURE MAS Project Review

Tuesday, 19.06.2018, 18:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Elena Manferdini, principal and owner of Atelier Manferdini, has over fifteen years of professional experience in architecture, art, design, and education. She graduated from the University of Civil Engineering (Bologna, Italy) and later received her Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA). In 2004 she founded Atelier Manferdini in Venice, CA. The office has completed projects in the US, Europe and Asia. Her artwork received the prestigious 2016 Public Art North America award and is part of the permanent collections of SFMoMA and LACMA. Since 2003 Elena has been part of the design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where she is now the Graduate Programs Chair.

Antoine Picon

KEYNOTE Schwerpunkte 6

Tuesday, 08.05.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Antoine Picon is professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Co-Director of Doctoral Programs (PhD & DDes) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has published extensively on this subject with a special accent paid to themes like engineering history, urban and regional planning history, and the history of utopian thought. In his lecture "Automation, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture" he will address the impact of automation on building culture through the lenses of design agency and materiality and elaborate on the potential dramatic shifts in the definition of the architectural disciple.

Image: Canadian Center for Architecture

Terry Knight

KEYNOTE Schwerpunkte 6

Friday, 04.05.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Terry Knight is a Professor of Design and Computation in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In her lecture she examines the challenging efforts to undo the designing/making divide through automation and digital technologies, whether the goal is an autonomous, linear process or a more interactive and cyclical one. In revisiting the decades old, but still unique, computational theory of design based on shape grammars this talk looks at how both the spatial and temporal aspects of designing and making - as out-of-the-mind practices - are enabled with these techniques.

Image: MIT Department of Architecture

RC3 The Bartlett

EVENT study trip

Wednesday, 25.04.2018, 10:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB

The Bartlett, B-Pro Research Cluster 3 MArch Architectural Design is led by Tyson Hosmer, Octavian Gheorghiu as well as David Reeves and will visit the MAS17/18 as part of a field trip. The studio entitled "Living Architecture" explores new design models that self-assess and self- improve utilizing machine learning algorithms. In revising the work of poineering researchers such as John Von Neumann and Stuart Kauf, the aim is to embed local adaptability directly into the design process while maintaining interrelations between simple geometric data and material fabrication strategies.

Image: Caelyn Cao & Ning Wang

Kendra Byrne

LECTURE Digital Fabrication Series

Wednesday, 11.04.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Kendra Byrne is a hybrid designer and technologist at heart with proven chops incubating innovative products and concept applications. She leads software and design teams to build tools that empower people to do things they thought they never thought possible and to create experiences that incite the imagination. Having co-founded Bot&Dolly (later X:the Moonshot Factory) before, Kendra is currently co-founder and Head of Product of technology start-up Figure.

Tim Schork

LECTURE Digital Fabrication Series

Monday, 09.04.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Tim Schork co-founded the transdisciplinary design practice Mesne Design Studio and he is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, School of Architecture. He received his PhD from RMIT University in 2013 for his research on the transformative effects and contributory role of integrative computational design strategies on the practices of architecture. His research investigates the progressive integration of computational design and simulation techniques with contemporary digital fabrication processes and material technology in terms of their architectonic, constructive, economic and ecological potential.

More information:

Yijiang Huang


Monday, 26.03.2018, 12:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Robotic assembly planning: towards construction-driven geometry guidance: Interest in robotic fabrication and construction of structures has grown significantly within the community of digital architectural design in recent years. However, while a level of abstraction has been observed in the planning problem of many robotic assembly applications, architects are still manually planning for the robots, which calls for a systematic assembly sequence and robotic motion planning to fully unlock the robot’s dexterity and enable materialization of complex input geometry from designers. This research presents a new way to apply automated assembly sequence and motion planning to robotic assembly of geometries with nonstandard topologies.

Digital Metal - Deep Facade

MAS Final Presentation

Friday, 23.03.2018, 14:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Guests: Jessica Rosenkrantz, Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, Lei Yu

Throughout two months the MAS students designed and fabricated a spectacular self-supporting facade structure to explore the unique potential of metal casting which utilizes 3D-printed moulds. How can the geometric freedom offered by additive manufacturing combined with structural capabilities of metal inform the appearance and tectonic of a future cast facade? Participants were encouraged to research three dimensional features for such a fabrication framework comprehensively. During the final presentation students will present their work thoroughly to invited guest, directing professors and associated researchers.


Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Friday, 23.03.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Lei Yu is an architect and researcher from China focused on computational design, digital fabrication, and interactive architecture. He is the founder of Archi-solution Workshop, cofounder of Digital Architecture Design Association (DADA), China, and cofounder of Laboratory of Creative Design (LCD), China. He is a graduate of the Harvard GSD, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University.

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Nervous System LECTURE

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Thursday, 22.03.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Founded in 2007 by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, Nervous System has pioneered the application of new technologies in design, including generative systems, 3D printing, and webGL. Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, they write computer programs based on processes and found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry, and housewares.

Michael Hensel LECTURE

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Tuesday, 06.03.2018, 11:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space II

Prof. Dr. Michael Ulrich Hensel is a German architect, researcher, educator and writer. As prolific proponent of the theoretical design approach entitled "performance-oriented architecture", he taught and published world-wide as well as established numerous research associations and networks. Currently, he is Professor for Architecture at AHO, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway. Since 2011 he is director of the Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics - RCATHis lecture titled "Embedded Architectures & Information-based Design" will illustrate recent projects of RCAT and the Advanced Computational Design Laboratory at AHO.


Thursday, 22.02.2018, 17:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB

We invite prospective students to our Open Day Event on Thursday, February 22nd at 17.00. Discover our labs on ETH Hönggerberg Campus (building HIB) and meet Professors, MAS teaching staff, students and alumni to get first-hand information about the Master of Advanced Studies ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication.

Please register online using  the online form.

RC9 The Bartlett EVENT

Tuesday, 20.02.2018, 18:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB

The Bartlett, B-Pro Research Cluster 9 MArch Architectural Design is led by Soomeen Ham, Alvaro Lopez with Abel Maciel and will visit the MAS17/18 as part of a field trip. The group explores the interaction between human, machine and data and their mutual relationships throughout the computational design and fabrication processes. They pose the question what is the most meaningful role for each of these three components in regards to the way we live, the way we build our living environment. In utilizing mixed reality and ubiquitous computing technologies, RC9 aims to challenge the traditional notion of human-machine and human-information relationships, making the human (designer) intuition an important part of this equation

Digital Metal Pavilion EXHIBITION

Shanghai Urban Space Art Season (SUSAS) 2017

The Shanghai Urban Space Art Season (SUSAS) 2017 exhibits worldwide outstanding cases of waterfront area and public area regeneration to discuss the future of waterfront areas in Shanghai. Amongst the displayed works in the main exhibition is the project “Digital Metal Pavilion” built by students of the Master of Advanced Studies ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication (MAS ETH DFAB).


Find more information on the project page.

Photo: Bian Lin

Manuel Kretzer LECTURE

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Tuesday, 30.01.2018, 18:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB Floor E Open Space 2

Dr. Manuel Kretzer is currently visiting professor at the Braunschweig University of Art, teaching the subject ‘Digital Crafting’ as well as course tutor at the Institute of Media and Design, Technical University Braunschweig. Manuel is the founder of the ‘materiability research network’, an educational platform that provides open access to cutting edge new material developments and technologies and ‘responsive design studio’, a design office that works on various scales, including architecture, interior, landscape, furniture and object design. From 2010 until 2015 he taught at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, ETH Zurich, where he finished his doctoral degree, focusing on smart materials and adaptive architecture. 

Christoph Guberan LECTURE

Digital Fabrication Lecture Series

Wednesday, 10.01.2018, 11:00 - 12:00

ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HIB E Open Space 2

Christophe Guberan is a product designer based in Switzerland and the USA. He is the 2016 laureate of the prestigious Hublot Design Prize and the recipient of the Leenards Foundation Culture Award 2013. He pushes the boundaries of material interactions, self-assembly, and aesthetics in his creations. Christophe’s products have been showcased at internationally recognized exhibitions and festivals such as Mutations/Créations at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2017, the Milan Furniture Fair and at Design Koishikawa in Tokyo. His Hydro-Fold project, consisting of self-folding paper printed from a desktop 2D printer, has received wide academic and public attention that resulted in an ongoing collaboration with MIT's Self-Assembly Lab.