Digital technology has widely expanded the solution space for architectural design. Powerful software tools allow the exploration of non-standard forms with intuitive user interfaces and computer-controlled fabrication equipment create customized building components at almost the price of mass-fabrication. But it is really all that simple? Designtoproduction partner Fabian Scheurer allows a peek behind the scenes of large scale digital fabrication in architecture.

Fabian Scheurer

(born 1969 in Munich, Germany) is founding partner of designtoproduction and leads the company's office in Zurich.

After graduating from the Technical University of Munich with a diploma in computer science and architecture, he worked as assistant for the university's CAAD group, as software developer for CAD-provider Nemetschek, and as new media consultant for Eclat in Zurich.

From 2002 until 2006 he studied the use of artificial-life methods in architectural construction as a member of Ludger Hovestadt's CAAD group at the ETH Zurich and managed to transfer the results to a number of collaborative projects between architects, engineers, and fabrication experts. In

2005 he co-founded designtoproduction as a research group at ETH to explore the connections between digital design and fabrication.

At the end of 2006 designtoproduction teamed up with architect Arnold Walz and became a commercial consulting practice, since then having implemented digital planning and production chains for projects like the Hungerburg-Funicular in Innsbruck (by Zaha Hadid), the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne (by SANAA), or the Centre Pompidou in Metz (by Shigeru Ban) and many others.

Fabian Scheurer has taught as guest lecturer/tutor at the AA in London and the IAAC in Barcelona.

Since 2012 he is lecturer for Digital Modeling and Production at HTW Chur (Switzerland).

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