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2013 Lecture : Martin Bechthold

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Martin Bechthold

The College of Architecture, in conjunction with this year's lecture series titled METADESIGN: After the Digital, is excited to welcome Martin Bechthold to lecture to our community on Thursday, April 03 at 5:00pm in College of Architecture Gallery.

MARTIN BECHTHOLD is Professor of Architectural Technology at the Graduate School of Design (Harvard University), director of the Design Robotics Group (DRG), director of the GSD's Technology Platform, and co-director of the GSD’s Master in Design Studies Program. He teaches courses in design robotics and material systems, building structures, as well as lifecycle design. Recent courses include CeramicsLab, the TRACES option studio, Analysis and Design of Building Structures I and II, as well as Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (Cad/Cam).

Bechthold’s research on material system innovation pursues computer-aided design and manufacturing applications in architecture, with a focus on broadening design scope through construction automation and industrial robotics. His current research investigates workflow and fabrication automation strategies for architectural ceramics and for other construction systems. He collaborates with the Wyss Center for Biologically Inspired Engineering on the development of adaptive micro-material systems. Bechthold is the co-author of “Structures” and “Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing” as well as the author of “Innovative Surface Structures”.

He received a Diplom-Ingenieur degree in architecture from the Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany, and a Doctor of Design Degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He is a registered architect in Germany and has practiced in London, Paris, and Hamburg. During this period he was associated with firms such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Santiago Calatrava and von Gerkan, Marg & Partner.


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