Fabio Gramazio (1970) and Matthias Kohler (1968) are architects with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation. In 2000, they founded the architecture practice Gramazio & Kohler where numerous award-wining designs have been realized, integrating novel architectural designs into a contemporary building culture. Their work includes such notable pieces as the Gantenbein vineyard façade, the Christmas lights for the Bahnhofstrasse in 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 in Zurich, their pioneering research 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 robotically fabricated high-rise buildings. Their work has been published in a large number of academic journals, further contributing to numerous exhibitions around the world such as the 2008 Architectural Biennial in Venice or the Storefront Gallery for Art and Architecture in New York (2009).
Raffaello D’Andrea (1967) is professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Zürich). He also is technical co-founder and chief technology advisor for Kiva Systems, a Boston area high-tech company that has developed a revolutionary material Handling system utilizing hundreds of fully autonomous mobile robots. He was the faculty advisor and system architect of the Cornell Robot Soccer Team, four-time world champions at the international RoboCup competition in Sweden, Australia, Italy, and Japan. In addition, he has exhibited his work at various international venues, including the Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica, the Smithsonian, and the Spoleto Festival; two of his collaborative projects – The Robotic Chair and The Table – are in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada. D’Andrea is a recipient of the Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation Award, the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, the National Science Foundation Career Award, and best paper awards from the American Automatic Control Council, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the International Federation of Automatic Control.