Matthias Kohler

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 in conjunction with his partner Fabio Gramazio, 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. This ranges from 1:1 prototype installations to the design of robotically fabricated high-rises. The recent research is outlined and theoretically framed in the book The Robotic Touch: How Robots Change Architecture (Park Books, 2014). Matthias Kohler initiated the NCCR Digital Fabrication and was its director from its official foundation in the summer of 2014 until the summer of 2017.

Role in the NCCR Digital Fabrication: Principal investigator, Member of the Steering Committee

Projects: In situ Fabricator, Mesh MouldRobotic Construction with Found Materials, Multi-Robotic Prefabrication, Integral Mechanical Attachment for Timber Plate Structures (IMA), Digital Concrete Processing, Smart Dynamic Casting, Sustainability Assessment

Affiliation: Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich

Email: Prof. Matthias Kohler

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