Digital Fabrication

Head: Univ.-Ass. Mag.arch. Daniela Kröhnert
Head: Univ.-Ass. Arch. Dipl.-Ing. Armin Hess
Where digital techniques are commonly used in the production of design, they are rarely applied in the production of buildings, making the realisation of advanced design demanding and costly. The research lab at the Institute of Architecture has been established to support, integrate and explore digital production and fabrication methods within the design process and beyond. The facility attempts to link and explore digital design conception with non-standard fabrication as a linear process.

CNC, laser cutting and 3D printing technology are applied to experimental model building as well as to large-scale project production. Instructors participate in research and development of new digital fabrication technologies, provide support in fabrication techniques and work closely and collaboratively with faculty in the architectural studios of Wolf Prix, Greg Lynn and Zaha Hadid, as well as the postgraduate programme.

The staff works conjointly and creatively with project and research groups providing consultative direction in support of specific course and research needs.