Fabio Gramazio

ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

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. As professors, Gramazio and Kohler developed the first architectural robotic laboratory at ETH Zurich. The ensuing research has been highly influential in the field of digital architecture, setting precedence and initiating a new research field focusing on the integration of industrial robots in architectural design and construction. They have contributed to numerous exhibitions around the world, such as the 2008 Architectural Biennial in Venice, the Storefront Gallery for Art and Architecture in New York in 2009, Flight Assembled Architecture at the FRAC Centre Orléans in 2011, and Rock Print at the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. The recent research is outlined and theoretically framed in the book The Robotic Touch: How Robots Change Architecture