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Dr.-Ing.

Tobias Schwinn

Head of Research and Research Infrastructure
Institut für Computerbasiertes Entwerfen und Baufertigung
2011 - current

Contact

+49 711 685 819 24
+49 711 685-719 24

Website

Keplerstraße 11
70174 Stuttgart
Deutschland
Room: 10.23

Subject

Agent-based modeling and simulation, robotic fabrication, segmented shell design, design methodology, ZukunftBau funding initiative

First author publications:
  1. 2021

    1. Schwinn, T. (2021). A systematic approach for developing agent-based architectural design models of segmented shells : towards autonomously learned goal-oriented agent behaviors [Dissertation, Institute for Computational Design and Construction, University of Stuttgart]. https://doi.org/10.18419/OPUS-11633
  2. 2019

    1. Schwinn, T., Sonntag, D., Grun, T., Nebelsick, J. H., Knippers, J., & Menges, A. (2019). Potential applications of segmented shells in architecture. In J. Knippers, U. Schmid, & T. Speck (Eds.), Biomimetics for Architecture (pp. 116--125). De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783035617917-015
  3. 2018

    1. Schwinn, T., Krieg, O. D., & Menges, A. (2018). Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall: Robotically Fabricated Lightweight Timber Shell. In P. Yuan, A. Menges, & N. Leach (Eds.), Digital Fabrication (pp. 123--130). Tongji University Press.
  4. 2016

    1. Schwinn, T. (2016). Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall. In A. Menges, T. Schwinn, & O. D. Krieg (Eds.), Advancing Wood Architecture : A Computational Approach (pp. 111--124). Routledge.
    2. Schwinn, T. (2016). Manufacturing Perspectives. In A. Menges, T. Schwinn, & O. D. Krieg (Eds.), Advancing Wood Architecture (pp. 185--198). Routledge.
    3. Schwinn, T., Krieg, O. D., & Menges, A. (2016). Robotic Sewing: A Textile Approach Towards the Computational Design and Fabrication of Lightweight Timber Shells. In K. Velikov, S. Ahlquist, M. del Campo, & G. Thün (Eds.), ACADIA 2016: Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines - Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (pp. 224--233).
  5. 2015

    1. Schwinn, T., Krieg, O. D., & Menges, A. (2015). Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall: Robotically Fabricated Lightweight Timber Shell. In P. Yuan, A. Menges, & N. Leach (Eds.), Robotic Futures (pp. 118--123). Tongji University Press.
    2. Schwinn, T., & Menges, A. (2015). Fabrication Agency: Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall. Architectural Design, 85(5), 92--99. https://doi.org/10.1002/ad.1960
  6. 2014

    1. Schwinn, T., Krieg, O. D., & Menges, A. (2014). Behavioral Strategies: Synthesizing design computation and robotic fabrication of lightweight timber plate structures. Design Agency Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), 177--188. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgi-bin/works/Show?acadia14\_177
  7. 2013

    1. Schwinn, T., Magna, R. L., Reichert, S., Waimer, F., Knippers, J., & Menges, A. (2013). Prototyping Biomimetic Structures for Architecture. In M. Stacey (Ed.), Prototyping Architecture: The Conference Papers (pp. 224--244). The Building Centre Trust.
    2. Schwinn, T., Krieg, O. D., & Menges, A. (2013). Robotically Fabricated Wood Plate Morphologies. In S. Brell-Cokcan & J. Braumann (Eds.), Rob | Arch 2012 (pp. 48--61). Springer Vienna. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7091-1465-0_4
  8. 2012

    1. Schwinn, T. (2012). Programmable Logic. In N. Leach (Ed.), Scripting the Future (pp. 56--61). Tongji University Press.

Thesis:

Studios / Pavilions:

Seminars:

Workshops:

  • KUKA-certified Basic Robot Programming workshop, since 2015 bi-anually. University of Stuttgart in collaboration with KUKA College Augsburg
  • Robotic Sewing of Timber Veneer, 2016. RobArch Conference, Sydney
  • Wood Plate Morphologies, 2014. Monash University, Melbourne
  • Future Traditions, 2013. University of Porto (FAUP), Porto
  • Wood Morphologies, 2012. RobArch Conference, Stuttgart
  • Parametric Design Workshop, 2011. METU, Ankara

Tobias Schwinn is a lecturer (Akademischer Rat) at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. In research and teaching, he is focusing on behavior-based approaches for integrating robotic fabrication and computational design processes in the context of segmented shell structures. He is one of the founding members and currently leader of ICD's "Agent-based Modeling and Simulation" research group, where he supports colleagues in their diverse research areas, such as design of adaptive buildings, fabrication-oriented design of modular concrete structures, and distributed robotics. As Head of Research and Research Infrastructure, he is in charge of the robotic fabrication equipment at the institute's Robolab and the Computational Construction Laboratory in Wangen.

Prior to joining the ICD in 2011, Tobias worked as a Senior Designer for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP in New York and London applying computational design approaches such as parametric design and scripting to automation, complex geometry, and sustainability at all design stages.

Tobias studied architecture at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany and at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia as part of the US-EU Joint Consortium for Higher Education. He received his diploma-engineering degree in 2005.
He has been invited studio critic at Columbia GSAPP, Harvard GSD, Pratt Institute, AA London and has taught various workshops on computational design and digital fabrication, among others at University of Sydney as part of the Robotics in Architecture Conference in 2016, at Monash University in Melbourne (MADA) in 2014, at the University of Porto (FAUP) in 2013, at TU Vienna as part of the Robotics in Architecture Conference in 2012, at the Middle Eastern Technical University in Ankara (METU) in 2011, the University of East London (UEL), or the master course at the Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA).  

Projects:

Research:

Scientific review committee:

  • Fabricate 2020, UCL, London
  • ACADIA 2019, Austin, TX
  • Research Culture in Architecture 2018, Kaiserslautern
  • Robots in Architecture 2018, Zürich
  • Fabricate 2017, Stuttgart
  • ACADIA 2016, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016, Zurich
  • Smart Geometry 2016, Gothenburg
  • Robots in Architecture 2016, Sydney
  • ACADIA 2014, Los Angeles
  • Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014, London
  • ACADIA 2012, San Francisco
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