Arash Adel is a Assistant Professor,University of Michigan,United States

Arash Adel

Assistant Professor

Organizing Committee Member

United States

University of Michigan


Dr. Arash Adel is an architect, educator, and researcher investigating computational design methods and large-scale robotic manufacturing techniques in Architecture. Prior to joining Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, he was a Ph.D. Research Fellow at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. In October 2015, he was awarded one of ETH’s prestigious and highly competitive “Architecture & Technology” doctoral fellowships. Before joining ETH, he was a lecturer in Architecture at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and the recipient of the Weller Research Fellowship in Architecture at Washington State University (WSU). He has taught design studios, seminars, and computational design workshops in the United States and abroad. His professional experience includes projects in Europe, China, the Middle East, and North America. His work has been recognized with several awards and has been published in numerous publications. He has lectured at institutions, including UC Berkeley, Rice University, University of Milwaukee, University of Idaho, Washington State University, and the Moscow City Hall. His work has also been widely exhibited at various galleries, institutions, and events, including AIA National Design Week in Spokane, Museum of Arts at WSU, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Third Gallery Idaho, and the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University.


A. Adel, "Computational Design for Cooperative Robotic Assembly of Nonstandard Timber Frame Buildings," PhD Thesis, ETH, Zurich, 2020. A. Adel, A. Thoma, M. Helmreich, F. Gramazio and M. Kohler, "Design of Robotically Fabricated Timber Frame Structures," in Recalibration: On Imprecision and Infidelity (Proceedings Catalog of the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture), Mexico City, 2018. A. Thoma, A. Adel, M. Helmreich, T. Wehrle, F. Gramazio and M. Kohler, "Robotic Fabrication of Bespoke Timber Frame Modules," in Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design, Zurich, 2018. A. Adel, "Architecture After Research," Memar, pp. 22-27, 2017. A. Adel, "Parametric Control Of Cityscape," A View on Harvard GSD, vol. 2, pp. 16-17, 2010. A. Adel, "Anthropology Museum," A View on Harvard GSD, vol. 1, pp. 13-14, 2009.


Ph.D. (Architecture and Technology), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Master of Architecture , Harvard University


Computational Design Robotic Manufacturing Timber Architecture


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Architecture, Awarded for academic years 2019-2021, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA Architecture & Technology Doctoral Fellowship, Awarded for academic years 2015-2018, Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), Department of Architecture, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland Weller Research Fellowship in Architecture, Awarded for the academic year 2013-2014, School of Design and Construction, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA