Robots in Architecture

ROB|ARCH 2016 – Registration is Open!


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

Incremental Forming – Ars Electronica Festival 2015

As part of the Ars Electronica Festival 2015, the Association for Robots in Architecture, the Chair for Individualized Production at RWTH Aachen, and the University for Arts and Design Linz collaborated on a robot installation at the PostCity – an industrial space, where the city of the future was discussed through a wide range of installations, exhibits, and other events.

Incremental Forming shows how an industrial robot – a machine that is commonly used for mass fabrication – can be used for mass customization, where every piece is unique and can be tailored to individual requirements. Building upon the existing, industrial process of single-point incremental forming, where metal is incrementally “pushed” into shape by large machines, we experimented with substituting metal with common, 1mm PET-G plastic sheets using a medium-sized robotic arm.

This installation presents our first forays into this new forming process. Initially, the base form of each panel is defined by the hand-movement of the user, captured through a compact 3D-scanning device. This data is then used to create a digital 3D surface, onto which a number of agents – very simple, small programs – is released that try to find a path from one side to the other. Following this digital pre-processing, the robot first draws the results of the agent system onto one side of the panel, and then switches to the other side to gradually deform the plastic surface. The forming process happens entirely without heat, instead moving gradually deeper into the material and thus shaping it by force alone.

This workflow turns every panel into an individual piece, designed by both the unique movement of a person and the decisions-making of the autonomous agent system.

ROB|ARCH 2016 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!

Rob|Arch 2016: 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 and Rob Saunders of the University of Sydney as conference chairs.

They are joined by Marjo Niemelä (University of Sydney), 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 (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.


Workshop @ ACADIA 2014 | Los Angeles

Better late than never! We’re finally posting the video of our workshop at the previous ACADIA conference!

Last fall we were invited by the ACADIA chair (David Gerber, Alvin Huang, Jose Sanchez) to host a robot workshop at USC as part of the ACADIA conference using their brand-new KUKA robots. Thanks to the awesome support from USC’s robot experts Scott Mitchell and Will Rollins (take a close look at the custom-built robot cart!) the workshop went silky-smooth under the pleasant Californian sun and we were able to fabricate some really beautiful objects within just a few days. Special thanks go of course to the highly motivated participants of the workshop, everyone involved at the conference and USC, as well as to our industry partners KUKA and FIPA!


Robot Lab Opening @ University for Arts and Design Linz


Today we officially celebrated the opening of our new robot lab at the University for Arts and Design Linz, where students of the industrial design program scionic, and in the future also from other programs, will now have access to three KUKA robots, an Agilus, a KR16, and a large KR210 Quantec with 210kg of payload. We were joined by the head of the university, Prof. Kannonier, the KUKA CEE CEO Erich Schober, Christan Binder of SCHUNK-Intec, and Prof. Müller of the JKU Linz. Exciting times are ahead of us!


Happy Holidays and a successful 2015!!!

Happy Holidays and a great 2015 from all of us at the Association for Robots in Architecture! 2014 has been a great year for us and our partners and we are already very much looking forward to an exciting 2015 (as well as Rob|Arch 2016!)

Barkeeper |versus| KUKA KR6 R900 Agilus

For this year’s Rob|Arch conference on robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, the Association for Robots in Architecture teamed up with Absolut and award winning barkeeper Lukas Hochmuth to create a special cocktail for the opening of the conference exhibition.
We captured Lukas’ movements with a 3D-scanner at the Ritz-Carlton bar in Vienna so that we could “replay” them – slightly optimized and adapted – at the Rob|Arch conference in Michigan with a KUKA KR6 R900 industrial robot.
While – unlike Lukas – the robot will not win barkeeping awards any time soon, you can download the robot control data file from and have an expertly shaken cocktail wherever your KUKA may be (use at your own risk).

Project by Robots in Architecture and Absolut using KUKA|prc
Kindly supported by KUKA