Matthias Kohler

The Design of Robotic Fabricated Architecture

The 7th Goldstein Architecture, Engineering, and Science Lecture

Matthias Kohler

Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich; Principal, Gramazio & Kohler Architecture and Urbanism

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 realized. This includes the Gantenbein vineyard façade, the Tanzhaus theatre for contemporary dance, the Christmas lights for the Bahnhofstrasse Zurich, the sWISH* Pavilion at the Swiss National Exposition Expo.02 and the Private House in Riedikon. Founding also the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich, the academic research of Gramazio & Kohler concentrates on a multi-disciplinary practice between computational design, robotic fabrication and material innovation. This ranges from 1:1 prototypical installations to the design of the design of robotically fabricated high-rise buildings. Gramazio & Kohler were awarded the Swiss Art Awards, the Global Holcim Innovation Prize and the Acadia Award for Emerging Digital Practice. Their work has been published in a large number of academic journals, further contributing to numerous exhibitions around the world such as the Architecture Biennale in Venice (2008), the Storefront Gallery for Art and Architecture (2009) New York or Flight Assembled Architecture at the FRAC Centre Orléans (2011).