Summer Term 2021 - Speaker Series on Mobile Additive Manufacturing, #MAM

This semester, our design studio on Mobile Additive Manufacturing will be accompanied by a speaker series with fantastic guests giving lectures on various topics relating to construction robotics and architecture.

Join us via Zoom !
Passcode: #mam

April 14, 1 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Stuart Maggs, CEO, Scaled Robotics
& Carla Matthäus, PhD, cbm, TUM

June 1st, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Selen Ercan, PhD, Gramazio Kohler Research, ETHZ 
& Maria Yablonina, Ass. Prof., University of Toronto

June 22, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Norman Hack, Jun. Prof., Digital Building Construction, TUBS  
& Ryan Luke Johns, PhD, Gramazio Kohler Research, ETHZ

Summer Term 2021 - Project MA - Mobile Additive Manufacturing

In this semester's design-based research studio entitled "Mobile Additive Manufacturing" we will explore how we can use mobile robots for 3D printing on building sites. By combining digital design with mobile robotics, we will explore the design space and implications of this technology on architecture and construction.

Please sign up via the project marcet or contact us via mail!
Link to TUM online


March 26, 2021 - Dialogue Series: Kathrin Doefler and Brian Ringley
Robotics Institute, University of Toronto

The Robotics Institute of the University of Toronto is launching a new Dialogue Series, starting with the topic of robotic fabrication in architecture. Under the moderation of Maria Yablonina, Kathrin Doefler and Brian Ringley will present their research on construction robotics and enter into a dialogue with each other and with the audience.

Link to the video recording can be found here!



April 9, 2021 - Online PowerSKIN Conference 2021 - Simplicity vs. Performance?

We are very happy to see Gido Dielemans presenting the jointly developed publication "Additive Manufacturing of Thermally Enhanced Lightweight Concrete Wall Elements with Closed Cellular Structures" at the PowerSKIN Conference 2021. This research has explored and evaluated the geometric freedom of additive manufacturing of lightweight concrete to integrate increased thermal performance features into mono-material building components.




February 1st, 2021 - 1st AAEC Network Member Symposia
Research Insides 
by the SFB/TRR 277 Additive Manufacturing in Construction

Monday, Februar 1st, 2021, 6.00 p.m - 8 p.m.

Free online live streaming - Register as AAEC member via

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Ena Lloret-Fritschi, Postdoctoral Researcher, NCCR DFAB, ETH Zurich
Dr. Fabian Meyer Broetz, Head of 3D Construction Printing, PERI GmbH 


Winter Term 2020/21 - Project MA - Participative Digital Fabrication

In this semester project entitled "Participative Digital Fabrication" we will explore how the use of mobile AR technologies allows users to collaboratively build geometrically complex structures solely from instructions via a mobile interface.

For this, we will partner up with, a young start-up from Zurich, unlocking people's creativity for construction!

Application via TUMOnline:
"Participative Digital Fabrication"


24. – 30.10 - ACADIA 2020 Conference

We are very happy to present our paper "Prototype as Artefact: Open-Ended Collaborative Assembly Processes" at the ACADIA 2020 Conference. "Prototype as Artefact" aims at integrating digital fabrication with principals of craft in order to explore novel human-robot collaborative workflows combining explicit machine intelligence with implicit human knowledge and creativity.

For participating in the conference, please register here! Participitation for students is free of charge!



05.11. – 06.11.2020 - Compas Fab Workshop

R 2350 I Alte Bibliothek & ZOOM
Technical University of Munich

The TT Professorship Digital Fabrication and the Leonhard Obermeyer Center are glad to officially announce the new dates for the COMPAS FAB Workshop with lecturers Gonzalo Casas, Dr. Romana Rust and Beverly Lytle from ETH Zürich. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the workshop will take place in hybrid mode, both physically and virtually on November 5-6, 2020. The workshop is addressed to PhD students from the TUM Department of Architecture and TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering interested in digital tools for computation and digital fabrication.COMPAS FAB is a robotic fabrication package for the COMPAS framework facilitating the planning and execution of robotic fabrication processes. COMPAS is an open-source Python-based framework for collaboration and research in architecture, engineering and digital fabrication. COMPAS FAB provides interfaces to existing software libraries and tools available in the field of robotics (e.g. OMPL, ROS) and makes them accessible from within various parametric design environments.

Please register for the workshop via email to by October 15, 2020 indicating if you would like to participate physically or virtually.
Attending the workshop will be free of charge. TUM students will be able to receive 1 ECTS, the link to the course will follow.


Climate Active Bricks - Video Out Now!

Climate Active Bricks looks into possibilities for improving the local microclimate in urban areas by creating self-shaded building facades with reduced solar exposure. The project integrates the potentials of computational design, climate simulation and robotic fabrication with the activation of climate-active properties of bricks in building envelopes. Within a design-build summer school in August 2020, a prototype of this concept was produced together with students at 1:1 scale at the Kreativquartier in Munich. 

Link to the movie


New Podcast!

What is Augmented Bricklaying? Prof. Dr. Kathrin Dörfler in conversation with Kelly Kelch. With a new technology developed by, a spin-off of ETH Zurich, local bricklayers in Greece built a 225 m2 facade in less than three months. The highly articulated brick walls show how Augmented Bricklaying combines the advantages of computational design with human craftsmanship and supports a completely new way of fabrication.

Credits: Gramazio Kohler Research
Collaborators: Kathrin Dörfler, Timothy Sandy, Daniela Mitterberger, Foteini Salveridou, Lefteris Kotsonis, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, ROB Technologies AG, Kitrus Winery


Summer Term 2020 - Climate Active Bricks

Welcome to our summer term module Climate Active Bricks!
As natural or technical phenomena, microclimates are local thermal zones with specific physical and thermal characteristics influencing our level of comfort and experience in urban areas. The local creation of microclimates can be achieved by the careful and purposeful design of spaces by passive heating or cooling methods or by the installment of active technical devices. The research-by-design module CAB will explore the microclimate effects we can achieve with the creation of geometrically differentiated brick structures. We will explore computational simulation methods to support us in the process of design and robotic fabrication to produce architectural prototypes. The module is a collaboration with the Associate Professorship of Architectural Design and Building Envelope and the Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design.


07.07. – 12.07.2021 - SG2020 Workshop @ Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Our cluster AHRC: Augmented Human-Robot-Collaboration for Builders will explore object-aware AR technology to enable human-in-the-loop design and fabrication, combining machine intelligence with human tactility and cognition.
Apply here 


12.03.2020 - Public Lecture at RMIT Melbourne: “Towards Human-Robot Collaboration” by Prof. Dr. Kathrin Dörfler

As robot technologies are becoming increasingly smarter, cheaper, and safer to work with, both academia and industry are striving for semi-autonomy: where humans and robots work collaboratively toward a common goal. This lecture will provide insights into how hybrid human-robot design and fabrication methods have the potential to use machine intelligence and robot capacities while at the same time involving the participatory engagement of humans and thus creating mutual gain.


28.02.2020 - Final Presentations of the Design Research Studio

We are happy to invite you to the final presentations of this semester’s design and research studio "Simple Slab - Design and Robotic Fabrication of Timber-Concrete-Composite Slabs"!

We will start at 14:00h with an introduction by Prof. Dr. Kathrin Dörfler, continue with a talk by DI Ursula Frick, who will give us exciting insights to her work as CAD/CAM specialist for “Free Form” at Blumer-Lehmann AG in Switzerland, and close with the presentations by our students.

In collaboration with:
Tilmann Jarmer I Research Associate at the Chair of Architectural Design and Construction I TUM Department of Architecture
Markus Lechner I Research Associate at the Chair of Timber Structures and Building Construction I TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering
Müller Blaustein Holzbauwerke I Industrial Partner

Invited Jury:
Ursula Frick I CAD/CAM Specialist at Blumer-Lehmann AG
Anne Niemann I Research Associate at Associate Professorship of Architectural Design and Timber Construction TUM Department of Architecture
Prof. Florian Nagler I Professor at the Chair of Architectural Design and Construction TUM Department of Architecture
Dominik Wowra I Head of Sales at Müller Blaustein Holzbauwerke


04.11 – 29.11.2019 - Symposium on Geometry and Computational Design 6

Prof. Dr. Kathrin Dörfler will speak about “Strategies for Robotic On-Site Construction” at the 6th Symposium on Geometry and Computational Design (GCD 6) in Vienna. GCD is a series of lectures by leading researchers presenting recent developments in geometry, computer graphics, computational design and architectural engineering.

The event will take place on Nov 29, 2019, at TU Vienna, Kuppelsaal. Potential participants are asked to register for the symposium by Nov 25, 2019. Attending the symposium will be free of charge.


25.11.2019 - Additive Manufacturing in Construction (AMC)

DFG funds new CRC/Transregio at Technische Universität Braunschweig in collaboration with Technical University of Munich!

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) is a new manufacturing technology that is now introduced in many industrial sectors. If the potential of this technology is transferred to the large scale of construction, new design possibilities and more efficient, resource-saving construction methods can be created. The aim of the TRR 277, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), is to fundamentally investigate Additive Manufacturing in interdisciplinary research for the implementation into construction industry.


21.10 – 22.10.2019 - Prof. Dr. Kathrin Dörfler is invited to be part of the Final Jury at the ITECH M.Sc. study program of the ICD and ITKE at the University of Stuttgart

The M.Sc. Programm Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH) is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented, experiment-based programme shaped around contemporary aspects of the built environment and practice. The goal of the ITECH programme is to prepare a new generation of students from different disciplines for the continuing advancement of technological and computational processes in development of the built environment through merging the fields of design, engineering, construction and natural sciences.



19.9.2019 - Contribution at the São Paulo Architecture Biennale 2019: Care Protocols

Care Protocols, a Mixed Reality Installation for the XII Architecture Biennale São Paulo by Kathrin Dörfler, Romana Rust, Ryan Luke Johns, and Alexander Nikolas Walzer, provides a hybrid digital-physical interaction space that is connected to the act of cleaning. In this space, the most common cleaning devices, namely brooms, act as objects of dual nature. When taken by visitors, they become a magic wand for sweeping the floor filled with virtual rubbish. Care Protocols questions the notion of technology and development as a disruptive force and asks if we can associate it with the notion of maintenance, which deals with cyclicity, care and regeneration. By alienating and gamifying usually invisible maintenance actions, the installation aims to become a playful act of human engagement in our ever-changing and digitally enhanced environment.