Rob|Arch 2016

ROB|ARCH 2018 accepts proposals for workshops until September 8th!

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for two-day OR three-day workshops, which will be held September 10th – 12th, 2018. Workshop proposals with strong cross-disciplinary trajectories that actively integrate experts from multiple fields are highly encouraged, e.g. in the form of collaborative experimentation, complementary fields of knowledge, combination of various technologies, etc, leading to exciting practical work and other outputs with high impact potential.

Detailed information on the 2018 workshops and submission requirements can be found in the workshop proposal guidelines.

We look forward to receiving exciting workshop proposals from cross-disciplinary teams until Friday, September 8th!

ROB|ARCH 2018 team

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Register now for the Rob|Arch 2016 conference and get CPD points

NSW architects who attend 2-day Rob|Arch conference, 17th -19th March at Walsh Bay, Sydney will be awarded 10 hours of formal CPD, based on required learning outcomes. Join world leading researchers from Harvard, MIT, ETH Zurich and IAAC(Barcelona) and experience the forefront of new robotic technologies and applications ranging from the construction industry to interaction design and creative practice.

Keynote – François Roche

We are pleased to announce that one of our Keynote Speakers at the Rob Arch 2016 conference will be:

François Roche
-President of the laboratory of research / New-territories
-Co-founder and Principal of R&Sie(n) / Studio of architectural practices / NYC-Paris
-Co-founder of [eIf/bʌt/c]/ Institute for contingent scenario / Bangkok
-Guest Research professor in master class in several universities (see below)

Through these different structures, his architectural works and protocols seek to articulate the real and/or fictional, the geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them.

François Roche architectural designs and processes have been show at, among other places, Columbia University (New York, 1999-2000), UCLA (Los Angeles, 1999-2000), ICA (London, 2001), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2003), MAM / Musée d’Art Moderne (Paris, 2005, 2006), the Tate Modern (London 2006) and Orléans/ArchiLab  (1999, 2001, 2003). Work by R&Sie(n), New-Territories were selected for exhibition at the French pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennales of 1990, 1996, 2000 and 2002 (they rejected the invitation that year), and for the international section in 2000, 2004,2008, in 2010 both International and Austrian Pavilion, in 2012 with small multiple cessions (Dark Side Curating, Slovenian Pavilion, Writing Architecture), and in 2014 in Bembo Pavilion. In 2015, New-Territories was invited at Chicago Biennial and Acadia Cincinnati (as in 2008 in Minneapolis). Among the teaching positions held by François Roche over the last decade is guest professor at the Bartlett School in London in 2000, the Vienna TU in 2001, the Barcelona ESARQ in 2003-04, the Paris ESA in 2005, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2006, the Angewangde in Vienna in 2008, the USC-Los Angeles in 2009-10-11, the Gsapp Columbia, in the period 2006-2013, at Upenn, Philadelphia 2013-14, at RMIT Melbourne 2012-2015, and Michigan Ann Arbor 2015.

Call for Videos

“Carrara Robotics” by Jelle Feringa (Odico) and Lucas Terhall (Hyperbody). Submitted through the Rob|Arch 2014 Call for Videos with 158.000 playbacks so far.


Every two years, as part of the Rob|Arch conference on robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, we send out a Call for Videos and publish the best submissions on the Robots in Architecture Vimeo channel. The videos of the past years were accessed more than 1.3 million times, making the Vimeo channel a central hub for anyone investigating new and exciting robotic applications.

As part of this year’s Rob|Arch we are again asking architects, designers, researchers, artists and anyone else working with robots in a creative way to submit their videos as part of the Rob|Arch 2016 Call for Videos.

A multidisciplinary jury will view all videos and select the best submissions. The accepted videos will be properly referenced at all times and displayed without any advertisements. One initial still image will be added for each video, stating the title, author, and a Rob|Arch 2016 logo.

The videos will also be publicly shown to an expert-audience at the Rob|Arch 2016 Conference in Sydney.

To submit a video, please follow the instructions HERE.





We are thrilled to announce that the registration for Rob|Arch 2016 is now OPEN. Please REGISTER HERE or click the button below.

This year’s Rob|Arch will take place at the iconic Sydney bay in Australia and just like 2012 and 2014 feature a range of high-end, hands-on robot workshops by academia and industry. Workshop places are limited, so we encourage you to sign up soon!


Sunday – Monday (13.3.-14.3.): Pre-Workshops
Tuesday – Thursday (15.3.-17.3.): Conference Workshops
Friday – Saturday (18.3.-19.3.): Conference
Saturday Evening (19.3.): Conference Closing Dinner, Harbour Cruise, Award Ceremony


Reduced registration fees are available for members of the Association for Robots in Architecture and students (excluding PhD students).


Eventbrite - Rob|Arch 2016 SYDNEY

Deadline Extension: 22.6.2015

robarch_coverAs we managed to slightly push back the Springer book submission deadline we are now able to give authors an additional week to finetune their papers!

NEW DEADLINE: June 22nd, 2015

Use the provided template to format the paper (9 pages, 3000 words) and submit it via Easychair! Take care to blind the full paper, so that it doesn’t provide any identifying information.

Visit the Submission page for more details! We’re looking forward to your submissions!


Final Call for Papers!


The deadline for the submission of full papers for Rob|Arch 2016 is in exactly a week on June 15th, 2015. Anyone who submitted an abstract should have gotten feedback by the end of last month, however anyone can submit a full paper, i.e. also authors who haven’t submitted an abstract.

Use the provided template to format the paper (9 pages, 3000 words) and submit it via Easychair! Take care to blind the full paper, so that it doesn’t provide any identifying information.

Visit the Submission page for more details! We’re looking forward to your submissions!

Announcing Rob|Arch 2016


We are thrilled to announce that Rob|Arch 2016 will take place shortly before Easter 2016 in Sydney Australia, with Dagmar Reinhardt, Rob Saunders and Marjo Niemelä of the University of Sydney as conference chairs.

They are joined by Mari Velonaki and Hank Haeusler (UNSW), Chris Knapp and Jonathan Nelson (Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University), Jane Burry, Roland Snooks, and Nicholas Williams (RMIT), Dave Pigram & Iain Maxwell (UTS), and Tim Schork and Jon McCormack (Monash University) as co-chairs.


WORKSHOPS: MARCH 15–17, 2016

The adoption of digital fabrication in the creative industries continues to accelerate as the potential for innovation and creative expression using robotics is being harnessed. ROB|ARCH2016 will provide hands-on experience with the most recent robotic technologies as well as a platform for dissemination and an opportunity for researchers and industry to exchange expertise, explore methods, compare techniques and forge new connections.



The organisers of ROB|ARCH2016 invite authors to submit papers with original research relating to the use of robots in architecture, art, and design. The purpose of this year’s conference is to advance the discourse surrounding robotic fabrication and creative robotics in its theme “Trajectories” – towards the integration of human-robot interactions informed by sensor input and real-time feedback in diverse environmental conditions.

Paper Abstract submission: May 15, 2015
Paper submission: June 15, 2015

For details, visit the CALL FOR PAPERS page.



The ROB|ARCH conference series aims to allow practitioners to share expertise, to bring together teams of international researchers, to foster networks, to increase knowledge, and to stimulate innovation. To achieve this aim the ROB|ARCH conferences combine academic presentations with hands-on workshops held in the three days preceding the conference. ROB|ARCH 2012 and 2014 offered workshops from world-class research institutions such as ICD Stuttgart and ETH Zurich, and even Oscar-winning companies such as Bot&Dolly. For 2016 we are again sending out a CALL FOR WORKSHOPS and encourage researcher, industry, and talented individuals to propose a workshop for ROB|ARCH 2016.

Workshop Proposal Submission: April 15th 2015

For details, visit the CALL FOR WORKSHOPS page.


Rob|Arch 2014

Rob|Arch 2014 was a GREAT success, we want to thank the conference chairs Wes McGee and Monica Ponce de Leon from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, as well as their entire team, especially Deniz McGee and Aaron Willette for hosting such a perfect conference. We also want to thank our more than 200 (!!!) attendees from all around the world, especially those who actively contributed workshops and papers to the Rob|Arch community. Finally our thanks go out to our industry partners – main conference sponsor KUKA, main workshop sponsors ABB, as well as Stäubli and Schunk.


The hard-working workshop-teams were held awake on the 14th and 15th by our media partner Red Bull‘s “Wing Teams” who distributed all flavors of Red Bull, while event partner Absolut really spiced up the exhibition evening-event on the 18th by providing 50 bottles of Absolut and a “Absolut Robots in Architecture” cocktail that was specially created by the award-winning barkeeper Lukas Hochmuth. As you can see, Rob|Arch 2014 had both hands-on and theory, industry and academia, makers and enterprises, scientific conference and party.

We hope to see many of you again in 2016!!!

Photo Galleries

Tagboard – A social media collection of over 250 posts including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Rob|Arch 2014 Conference Gallery – 565 photos by the Taubman College

Rob|Arch 2014 Workshop Gallery – 116 photos by the Association for Robots in Architecture

Robots in Architecture Facebook – many images were posted directly to our Facebook page

Looking Back

Less than two years ago, in December 2012, the Association for Robots in Architecture hosted the first international conference for robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design. Initially conceptualized as a medium-sized symposium, it became a full-sized conference with 8 conference workshops distributed throughout Europe, with many European institutions hosting US universities such as Harvard doing a workshop at TU Graz, the Taubman College partnering up with TU Delft, and SciArc’s team coming to TU Vienna’s facilities. As such, the idea was to turn that around for Rob|Arch 2014, with the conference taking part in the US and hosting workshops from abroad. Already at Rob|Arch 2012, Wes McGee of the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning expressed interest in hosting the next conference in Ann Arbor. As the world’s largest “architectural” robotic lab, the Taubman College was a logical choice, and we were delighted when Dean Monica Ponce De Leon joined the effort as conference chair alongside Wes, showing the significance of the conference topic, not just for Taubman College but also the architectural community.

When the Call for Workshops went out to academic institutions worldwide there was again a great international resonance from the community, with Carnegie Mellon University joining as workshop host. Finally, eight robot workshops were selected for Rob|Arch 2014, with the Taubman College hosting 4 workshops: a joint workshop on steel-bending with the University of Technology Sydney, a carbon-fibre winding workshop by the University of Stuttgart, a workshop involving sensors and Arduinos by IAAC, and finally a special workshop by Bot & Dolly, who showed some of the programming approaches that were used in projects such as the Oscar-awarded movie Gravity.

KUKA robot workshops hosted at the Taubman College, Ann Arbor

At CMU, three workshops took place: Steambending of wood was explored by CMU, while the University of Innsbruck and Harvard GSD explored phase-change materials. Harvard GSD also teamed up for another workshop with the Graz University of Technology and interfaced a Kinect sensor with an ABB robot. The eight workshop took place not too far at Princeton, where Princeton University and Greyshed worked with Augmented Materiality.

Augmented Materiality Workshop at Princeton using an ABB IRB7600 robot

Informal Material Formation by MaPS Harvard GSD and ITE TU Graz

PhaseChange Workshop by University of Innsbruck, Harvard GSD, and Virginia Tech

Rob|Arch 2014 Awards


The Rob|Arch community is now reaching a level of maturity where we can look back and see who really influenced the course of things, as well as whom we expect to significantly shape the future of robotic fabrication in architecture, art and design. To honour these individuals as well as company, the Association for Robots in Architecture established a series of awards that were handed out at the Rob|Arch 2014 conference dinner.

Gramazio & Kohler | Pioneering Achievement Award

for establishing a new field of research


Achim Menges | Pioneering Research Award

for the first robotically fabricated building


Daniel Piker | Community Contribution Award

for providing important tools and new concepts to the community


Stu Shepherd | Pioneering Industry Award

recognizing KUKA for their support of the creative industry


Through our sponsors KUKA and ABB, we were also able to award the best paper by a young researcher through the KUKA Young Potential Award, and to support students and individual researchers through the ABB Mobility Grant.



The KUKA Young Potential Award for the best scientific paper at Rob|Arch 2014 went to Ammar Kalo and Michael Jake Newsum of the University of Michigan and SciArc for their paper Robotic Incremental Sheet Forming.


Altogether, three ABB Mobility Grants were awarded. We congratulate Nikita Troufanov of SciArc, Alexander Walz, Pedja Gavrilovic, Maximilian Seiferlein, and Beatrice Huff of the University of Innsbruck, and Ahmed Hosny, Jared Friedman, and Amanda Lee of Harvard.

Call for Videos

As part of Rob|Arch, we sent out a Call for Videos to encourage submissions from artists and designers, as well as to give paper submissions the chance to illustrate their projects. More than 20 videos were accepted and shown at both the conference venue as well as at the evening event, where they were met with great interested. They will stay to be available online through the Association for Robots in Architecture’s Vimeo channel. Since Rob|Arch 2014 the videos have been accessed online more than 90.000 times!

Future Benefits

Of course, a conference is not only about showing ones work to the community, but about networking, setting up business deals, and finding new collaborators or employees. As such we were very happy that the range of attendees included CEOs of large robot manufacturers, representatives of several large industry players, and even organizations such as the Robotic Industries Association and the Association for Advancing Automation. We were especially thrilled about the number of startups, makers, and individual artists who either have already bought robots or are looking to invest in robotic technology.

One of the best indications of the success of Rob|Arch may be that three of four demo robots that were set up at Taubman College were sold “on the spot”, in addition to many other sales that will be finalized in the coming months. Many job opening were also promoted, especially by ICD Stuttgart and ETH Zurich who both received significant funding to set up robotic research centers – a DFG grant for a Collaborative Research Centre at Stuttgart and a NFS for Digital Fabrication in Zurich.

Rob|Arch 2014 Book


The Rob|Arch 2014 publication is available at Springer both as an eBook as well as in physical form. Members of the Association for Robots in Architecture can download it as a free eBook from the protected member section.

Rob|Arch 2016 @ Sydney


We are extremely thrilled to announce that Rob|Arch 2016 will be hosted at Sydney and chaired by Dagmar Reinhardt and Rob Saunders of the University of Sydney, in collaboration with all other Australian universities that will have robots by 2016, such as RMIT in Melbourne, Bond University in Gold Coast, Technical University of Sydney, Monash University, and the University of Tasmania. It’s already shaping up to be a very special event, so keep the end of 2016 (summer in Australia, winter in Europe and Northern America!) free.