Keynote: Matthias Kohler

Keynote: Matthias Kohler

Prof. Matthias Kohler, dipl. Architekt ETH SIA
1.8.2005 Professor for Architecture and Digital Fabrication at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich
2000 Foundation of the architects’ office Gramazio & Kohler with Fabio Gramazio
1999–2000 Scientific collaborator and assistant at the Professorship for Machinic Processes in Architectural Design, Prof. Greg Lynn, ETH Zurich
1997–1999 Scientific collaborator and assistant at the Professorship for Architecture and Design, Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil, ETH Zurich
1990–1996 Architectural studies at the ETH Zurich
1968 born in Uster, Switzerland

Matthias Kohler and Fabio Gramazio are joint partners in the architects’ office Gramazio & Kohler in Zurich. Their recent works include the sWISH* Pavilion at Expo.02 (for IBM and Swiss Re), the new Christmas illuminations in the Zurich Bahnhofstrasse as well as the contemporary dance institution “Tanzhaus Zurich”. Part of their professional activities includes developing innovative construction and material solutions. Owing to their interdisciplinary experience, Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler have a well-founded and specific understanding of the integration of CAD and CAM logic in the architectonic and construction process.

The research activities of the professorship for architecture and digital fabrication are concentrated on the development of fabrication processes for the additive production of highly informed, non-standardised architectonic products. Parallel to this, they develop strategies for architectural design that are capable of working with these new production possibilities. These are explored within the teaching process in terms of their architectonic, constructive and economic potential. An industrial robot installation developed by the assistant professorship with a processing space of approximately 6 x 3 metres is used for research and teaching and permits the direct construction of building parts on an architectonic scale.