Towards a Robotic Architecture

Mahesh Daas, Andrew John Wit



9" x 9" (Square)
Hard bound
Publication date: 
Spring 2018
Rights world: 

The field of robotics is coming of age. Robotics and artificial intelligence represent the next cutting edge technology that will transform the fields of architecture and design. The past decade’s surge towards more computationally defined building systems and highly adaptable open-source design software has left the field ripe for the integration of robotics whether through large-scale building fabrication or through more intelligent/adaptive building systems. Through this surge, architecture has not only been greatly influenced by these emerging technologies, but has also begun influencing other disciplines in unexpected ways.

Towards a Robotic Architecture provides systems of classification, categorization, and taxonomies of robotics in architecture so that a more systematic and holistic body of work could take place while addressing the multifarious aspects of possible research and production. With research in this area in its infancy, this publication will bring together scholars, designers, and industry members as they define their positions along the four frameworks for architectural robotics, aspiring to be the first scholarly treatment of a broad range of robotics research in architecture and design fields. Towards a Robotic Architecture will address how architectural robotics can open up unique and innovative possibilities both within architecture and related disciplines.

About the author: 

Dr. Mahesh Daasis, the dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Kansas and the author of the book Leading with Aesthetics: The Transformational Leadership of President Charles M. Vest at M.I.T. (from Lexington Books).Throughout his career, Daas has been honored for his exceptional creative achievements, leadership, and innovative approach to teaching. In 2011 he was named an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor, one of the highest national recognitions for an architectural educator. Daas holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters degree from Kansas State University.


Professor Andrew John Wit is an assistant professor of digital practice at Temple University where he leads research, courses, and workshops focused around novel building systems generated through the integration of light-weight composites, digital tools/fabrication, and robotic systems. He has won design and research awards forUTenSAils(2007 AIA Best of Practice Award), theAdvanced Fabrics Exhibition(2007 IFAI Outstanding Achievement Award),floatSCAPE (@MIT),the widely publishedUnderwood Pavilion, and most recently therolyPOLYandcloudMAGNETCFRP prototypes. Wit holds a masters degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.