WHO

The Robotic Building (RB) group has been established 2014 at TU Delft and has been undertaking since then research in physically built robotic environments and robotically supported building processes. It has developed the Design-to-Robotic-Production-Assembly and -Operation (D2RPA&O) framework for which it has received national funding and support from academic and industrial partners and consists of architects, engineers, researchers, and programmers with expertise in parametric design, robotic production, assembly, and operation. Results of this research are regularly presented at international venues such as the TEDx at Delft Salon, Imprimer le Monde at Centre Pompidou, etc. and published in journals such as Spool and book series such as Adaptive Environments, etc. D2RPA&O research is coupled with MSc education in Architectural Engineering (AE), which 2017-19 has been offered in collaboration with Dessau Institute of Architecture.

Henriette Bier is initiator and leader of the Robotic Building group at TUD, associate professor at TUD and founding member of the  TU Delft Robotics Institute. She regularly lectures and leads workshops internationally and has been visiting professor at DIA (2017-19). Results of her research have been published and presented in more than 120 journals, books, and exhibits.

Veronika Laszlo moved to the Netherlands in 1987 and studied software engineering and artificial intelligence. She was working on many ICT projects for various companies involving tele-communications, networking, databases and web solutions. She joined Hyperbody as a programmer in 2008 and works on protoSPACE projects. Since 2014 she works on Robotic Building projects and co-manages the Robotic Building lab.

Sina Mostafavi is a practicing architect, researcher, and educator with expertise in design computation and architectural robotics. Has practiced since 2007, he is the founder of studio SETUParchitecture. Since 2011 he is a PhD researcher at TU Delft and in 2014 he co-initiated Robotic Building lab, where he is currently a senior researcher and lab manager. He is teaching design studios at Delft and Dessau Institute of Architecture. He has published and presented internationally such as in eCAADe, AA-London, ACADIA, Rob|Arch, Paris-Malaquais, and work by him are exhibited in multiple galleries such as V2 Rotterdam and Centre Pompidou.

Arwin Hidding is a designer and researcher. He has graduated Cum Laude from the TU Delft and his project was nominated for the Archiprix. Since his graduation he is involved in academic research and education in the Robotic Building group at the TU Delft. The main topic of the research is creating 3d prints with programmable properties, by using different materials or geometries.

Christian Friedrich was born in Germany. After studying Physics and Philosophy in Berlin and completing an architectural engineering degree at Hanzehogeschool Groningen, he finished his graduate education (MSc) in architecture at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. He is the co-founder of the media artist collective Ezthetics. He is currently developing his PhD research project in which he intends to describe and actualize the architectural singularity: a point at which the architectural process loop is executed in real-time and shifts from a phased process into a behavioral network, in effect reshaping architectural praxis.

Jelle Feringa is writing a PhD thesis, exploring the potential of simulation and robotic fabrication for architectural conception, at TU Delft. Jelle has taught and lectured at the ESA, Paris-Malaquias, ETH, and TU Delft. He is a founding partner in EZCT Architecture & Design Research. Projects have been exhibited at the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), Archilab (Orleans, 2004), Barbican Gallery (London, 2006), Design Miami/Basel (Miami, 2007), Pompidou Center (Paris, 2007), Maison Rouge (Paris, 2007), Architectural Association (London, 2007), ScriptedByPurpose (Philadelphia, 2007), International Biennial of Sevilla (Sevilla, 2008), Vivid design gallery (Rotterdam, 2009). Early research results have recently been exhibited at the transNatural (Amsterdam, 2010) exposition. The work of EZCT is part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center and the FRAC Orleans collection. In 2007 the office won the Seroussi Pavilion. Jelle's work is focused on the close coupling of advanced simulation methods with evolutionary computing methods and robotic fabrication. For his research work, Jelle relies on Open Source software. Working together with Thomas Paviot, Jelle has been driving the development of an open source CAD framework, PythonOCC a CAD/CAE/PLM development framework for the python programming language.

Arise Wan is an architect based in Germany and a guest researcher at Robotic Building, TU Delft, Netherlands. She has an early artistic background in Manga Arts illustration. She finished her graduate education (MA) in architecture at Dessau International Architecture, Germany. She is also a member of D-START and SEAD network, designing future concepts for an Evolving Asteroid Starship incorporating studies of ESA’s Melissa system. Arise’s works earned several international recognitions and is featured around South East Asia and Europe. Currently, her research is focussed on building on Mars with TU Delft’s Robotic Building Team.

Amir Mahdi Amani is a developer and senior undergraduate student from Iran. He is studying Computer Engineering now, and has skills in programming languages, such as Python, C++, Matlab, Swift 4 and Š. He is very eager to works on the following topics both on academic and industrial area: Robotics, AI, Computer Vision, Image Processing, and mobile applications software. For more detail information, please refer to his LinkedIn.

Former team members

Yu-Chou Chiang is a PhD student at TU Delft developing strategies for Design-to-Robotic-Production (D2RP). He has an engineering background and worked as educator and researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University. Since 2017, he works on a PhD with focus on mobile build-on-demand D2RP and assembly involving human-robot collaboration

Alexander Liu Cheng is a Ph.D.candidate at TU Delft. His work on intelligent built-environments situates Cyber-Physical Systems within the Adaptive Architecture discourse. Alex obtained a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the New York Institute of Technology; a professional M.Arch. from The University of British Columbia; and a post-professional M.Sc. in Advanced Construction and Building Technology—Automation, Robotics, Services from Technische Universität München. In addition to his academic pursuits, Alex previously worked as Architectural Designer at GRAFT Architects.

Milica Pavlovic is a PhD candidate at the Interaction and Experience Design Research Lab, Design Department of Polytechnic University of Milan. She holds a MSc double-degree in Interior Design, from Polytechnic University of Milan, and Systemic Design, from Polytechnic University of Turin. During her Master studies, she took part in the Alta Scuola Politecnica program for exceptional technology talents that stimulate innovation through multidisciplinary team projects. Furthermore, Milica obtained working experiences in product and architecture design studios, such as Artemide S.p.A. and Andrea Branzi, as well as the bio-tech field with ValueBiotech S.R.L.

Ana Anton is a designer involved in academic research and education implemented at Robotic Building, TU Delft.  She graduated in 2014 with distinction (Cum Laude) and Archiprix nomination for her project. Ana’s work enjoys international recognition and is featured in Asia, Middle East and Europe. She is an expert in computation-driven design, she explores complexity and emergence using intense computation, artificial intelligence and robotic fabrication with the aim to enhance spatial experiences.

Serban Bodea is an architect involved in academic education and research at Robotic Building, TU Delft. He graduated Cum Laude in 2014 and pursues research in Discrete Automation for robotic fabrication in architecture. He is motion designer for several robotic fabrication projects featured in China, United Arab Emirates, and across Europe.