Michael Hansmeyer

Gwangju Design Biennale (photo credit: Kyungsub Shin)

phone: +41 44 633 4037
email: hansmeyer(at)arch.ethz.ch
web: michael-hansmeyer.com


Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms and computation to generate architectural form.
In his role at the CAAD group, he teaches courses at the bachelor, master, and postgraduate levels.
He is coordinator of the Master of Advanced Studies program.

He holds an MBA degree from Insead Fontainebleau as well as a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University.
He previously worked with McKinsey & Company, J.P. Morgan, and at Herzog & de Meuron architects.

Talks and Lectures
17.6.14 Lecture at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart
13.3.14 Lecture at Bartlett School of Architecture, Material Matters lecture series, London
22.2.14 Talk at ‘Digital Post-Modernities. From Calculus to Computation’ symposium, Yale University, New Haven
20.1.14 Jury member at DRL – Behavioral Complexty, Architectural Association, London
17.1.14 Talk at ‘Form-Rule | Rule-Form’ symposium, Institut für Gestaltung, Innsbruck

20.11.13 Lecture at Southeast University, Architecture Department, Nanjing
18.11.13 Lecture at Tongji University, together with Wang Zhenfei, Shanghai
13.11.13 Lecture at Tsinghua University Architecture School, Beijing
12.11.13 Talk at Wuhan Biennale, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan
8.11.13 Talk at International Scenography Biennial, Ludwigsburg
7.11.13 Lecture, Sliver lecture series, University of Applied Arts (Die Angewandte), Vienna
27.10.13 Lecture, School of Architecture, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv
24.10.13 Talk at FRAC Centre ArchiLab symposium, Architecture et sciences : Une nouvelle naturalitée, Orléans
30.9.13 ‘Printing Architecture’, School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal
12.9.13 ‘Digital Grotesque’, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fall 2013 Lecture Series, Troy, NY
22.6.13 3D Printing in Concrete conference, Dessau Institute of Architecture, Dessau
24.4.13 ‘Digital Grotesque’, Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai), Tokyo
24.4.13 Co-lecture with Makoto Sei Watanabe, Tokyo City University, Faculty of Urban Life Studies, Tokyo
23.4.13 ‘Digital Grotesque’, University of Tokyo, Tokyo
4.4.13 Schweizer Baumustercentrale, Zurich
14.2.13 ‘Digital/Analogue’ lecture series, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim
1.12.12 Schweiz – Räumlicher Stand der Dinge, ZHdK / Archithese, Zurich
24.10.12 ‘Undrawable’, Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW, Zurich
1.9.12 Proto/e/co/logics 002, The Field is Open Symposium, Rovinj, Croatia
26.7.12 ‘Undrawable’, Tsinghua University School of Architecture, Beijing
28.6.12 TED Global 2012 conference, Radical Openness, ‘Building Unimaginable Shapes’, Edinburgh
4.6.12 ‘Super-specific’, Tongji University Architecture Department, Shanghai
30.5.12 ‘Super-specific’, Tsinghua University, Department of Art, Beijing
28.5.12 ‘Super-specific’, CAFA Chinese Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
21.5.12 ‘Super-specific’, Tamkang University Architecture Department, Taipei
12.11.11 Keynote, University of Tokyo, Digital Design Lab Launch Event, Tokyo
26.10.11 ’Undrawable’, Bartlett School of Architecture, International Lecture Series, London
01.03.11 ‘Undrawable’, Southeast University, Architecture Department, Nanjing
Conference Papers
M. Hansmeyer and B. Dillenburger,”Digital Grotesque”, in Fabricate 2014, Zurich (forthcoming)
M. Hansmeyer and B. Dillenburger “Resolution of Architecture in the Digital Age”, In CAAD Futures, Shanghai, 2013
M. Hansmeyer and B. Dillenburger “Mesh Grammars”, In CAADRIA Proceedings, Singapore, 2013
M. Hansmeyer and B. Dillenburger “Towards a Micro-tectonic in Architecture”, In Serbian Architectural Journal, Belgrade, 2013
M. Hansmeyer “Procedural Ornament”. In Algode Symposium on Algorithmic Design Proceedings, Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), Tokyo, 13-15.11.2011
M. Hansmeyer “From Mesh to Ornament”. In 28th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (ECAADE), ETH Zurich, 15-17.9.2010
M. Hansmeyer “Morphogenetic Subdivision”. In Computational Aesthetics 2010 Proceedings, Eurographics Association, British Computer Society, London, 14-16.6.2010
M. Hansmeyer “Subdivision beyond Smoothness”. In Bridges – Art and Mathematics 2010 Proceedings, Pecs, 14-16.6.2010
M. Hansmeyer “Deterministic Algorithms and Form”. In From Insectnest to Human Architecture Proceedings, European Centre for Living Technology, Venice, 2009
Architektur 13 – Werkschau: Woven Column II, Zurich, opening Oct. 25th
Materializing the Postdigital: Column Prototype, curated by Ron Labaco, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, opening Oct. 16th
FRAC Archilab 2013, Grotto Part 1 and two Sixth Order columns, curated by Marie-Ange Brayer and Frederic Migayrou, Orléans, opening Sept. 14th
Design Miami / Basel: Woven Column, commissioned by Swiss Architecture Museum SAM, opening June 10th
Swiss Art Awards 2013: Grotto Prototype 1:3 White, Basel, opening June 10th
Materializing: Grotto Prototype 1:3 Gold, curated by Yusuke Oono and Taichi Sunayama, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, opening June 6th
10th Paper Biennale: Column Negative, curated by Anne Kloosterboer, Rijswijk Museum, Sept. 4th – Nov. 25th, 2012
TED Global 2012 / Radical Openness: Column Prototype, Edinburgh, June 24 – June 29th, 2012
Self Structure: Column Prototype, group exhibition curated by Elodie Ternaux, Le Lieu du Design, Paris, Sept. 30th – Dec. 17th, 2011
Gwangju Design Biennale: The Sixth Order, biennale curated by Ai Wei Wei and Seung H-Sang, Sept. 2nd – Oct. 23rd 2011
Knots and Facets: Column Prototype, exhibition with Jens Risch, curated by Anna von Hahn, Smallspace Gallery, Berlin, April 28th – May 28th, 2011
Reviews / Press
Artforum, Cover & ‘Breaking the Curve’, February 2014, p. 168-173
Baunetz, ‘Digital Grotesque Special’, Baunetzwoche 360 April 2014, p. 3-19
Brand Magazine, ‘Post 3D-Printing Communication’, Issue 13, 2014 A, p. 159
Kunst + Stein, ‘Bildhauerarbeiten aus dem Drucker’, 1/2014, p. 22-23
MAS Context, ‘We Print Because We Can’, Repetition Issue, Spring 2014, p. 116-129
Architecture Boston, ‘Make the Most of It’, Fall 2013, p. 46-47
Architektur Technik, ‘Gedruckte Architektur’, 12/2013, p. 14
Archithese, ‘Aus Sand wird Gold’, 3/2013, p. 86-87
Concrete Trends, ‘Third Construction Revolution’, No.4 Nov. 2013, cover, p. 12-14
创意空间 Creative Space, ‘Sixth Order installation’, No.01, p. 108-109
Financial Times – Magazine, ‘Breaking the Mold’, July 27th, 2013
Forbes, ‘The World’s First 3D Printed Room’, Dec. 2nd
GEO, ‘Architektur: Sand im Drucker-Raum’, 11/2013, p. 165
Hochparterre, ‘Sandwand aus dem Rechner’, 12/2013, p. 6
KM Kunst & Techniek,’Antike Pilaren en algoritmische zuilen’, April 2013, p. 30-33
Netzwoche ‘Architektur aus dem 3-D Drucker’, #20/2013, p. 17
NZZ, ‘Erweiterter Architekurbefriff: Kunstvolle Positionen’, July 12th
New York Times – ‘Out of Hand, a Survey of Computer-Assisted Art’, Oct. 24th
Newsweek, ‘Beyond Glass and Steel’, Dec. 30th
Page, ‘Design per Algorithmus’, #10.2013, p. 94
SonntagsZeitung, ‘Wohnblöcke aus dem Printer’, Nov. 3rd, p. 66
Süddeutsche Zeitung – ‘Dreidimensionales Drucken – Eine Burg, aus Sand gebaut’, Sept. 28th
Tagesanzeiger, ‘Ein Zimmer aus dem 3D Drucker’, Oct. 16th
Watad, ‘Radical Anatomy | Digital Grotesque | Subdivided Columns’, November, p. 26-33, 40-43
Wired, ‘The World’s Most Complex Sand Castle’, Oct. 4th
Archithese, ‘Rocaille Digitale – Die Säule der Klassik entrissen’, Swiss Unlimited 52, January 2012, p. 70-74
Architectural Review, ‘Radical Openness at TED’, August 2012
Corriere della Sera, ‘Il cartone oltre l’imballagio’, February 21st, 2012
Log 26 – Journal for Architecture, ‘Subdivided Columns’, November 2012
时代建筑 Time + Architecture, ‘Digital Fabrication’, 2012-5, cover, p. 52-55
Vogue Living, ‘Tall Order’, January/February 2012, p. 93-94
The White Review, ‘Sixth Order’, September 2012
Architectural Record, ‘Subdivided Columns’, July 2011, p. 120
CNN, ‘Sci-fi gothic architecture brought to life’, April 8th, 2011
Design Exchange Magazine, ‘Digital Fabricaiton’, April 2011, p 46-51
Domus 国际中文版, ‘Towards New Fabrication’, November 2011, p. 59-65
Frame Mag, ‘New Order’, August 2011, p. 228-231
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, ‘Phantastische Bauten für jedermann’, May 8th, 2011, p. 60
GEO, ‘Alles von Pappe’, Nr. 5/2011
New Scientist, ‘Artful architectural iterations’, April 30th, 2011, p. 47
城市建筑 Urbanism and Architecture, ‘装饰柱 :数字设计的鬼斧神工’ / ‘The Seventh Wonder of Digital Design’, 2011
Spiegel Online, ‘Fragile Formen aus einer anderen Welt’, April 1st, 2011
Wired, ‘Turning a Doric Column Inside Out’, August, p. 44-45
Work featured in books
Printing Things. Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing, ‘Digital Grotesque’, Gestalten Verlag
A Magazine curated by Iris van Herpen (Issue 13), Dan Thawley, Diverse Projects
Fabricate: Negotiating Design and Making, F. Gramazio, M. Kohler, S. Langenberg (eds), ‘Digital Grotesque’, gta Verlag
Architectures Expérimentales 1950-2012, Marie-Ange Brayer, ‘The Sixth Order’, Editions HYX
Architecture in Formation, Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa and Aaron Sprecher, ‘Subdivided Column’, Routledge
Out of Hand – Materializing the Postdigital, Ron Labaco, ‘Subdivided Column’ (p.22-25), Black Dog Publishing
Naturaliser l’Architecture, Frédéric Migayrou & Marie-Ange Brayer, ‘Digital Grotesque’, Editions HYX
Paradise of Paper Art / 纸艺天堂设计, Yannick Yuan, ‘Subdivided Column / Sixth Order’ (p.391-396), Designerbooks
Visuality for Architects, Branko Mitrovic, ‘Subdivided Column’, University of Virginia Press
Design Intelligence – Advanced Computation Research, Xu Weigou & Neil Leach, ‘High-Resolution’, Tsinghua University Press
Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Nick Dunn, ‘Subdivided Column’, (p.76,85), Laurence King Publishing
Scripting the Future / 建筑数字化编程, Neil Leach & Philip Yuan, ‘Subdivided Column’, Tongji University Pres
Best Creatifs 2012, Ramona Rockel, Various Projects (p.2,5,6,8,10,38,39,108,109..), iF Design Media
2011 and earlier:
Gwangju Design Biennale 2011 – Book 2, Kang Un-Tae, ‘Sixth Order (p.109-111), 2011
Generative Gestaltung, Hartmut Bohnacker et al., ‘Platonic Solids & Subdivided Pavilions (p.52-59), Hermann Schmitt Verlag, 2009
Qompendium Volume 1, Kimberly Lloyd, ‘Sea of Tranquility’ with Per Zennstrom (p.221-235), 2009
Responsive Volatility / 活潑建築, Jeong Der Ho, ‘L-Systems in Architecture’ (p.121-137), Tungai Architecture Series, 2007
Distinguishing Digital Architecture, Yu-Tung Liu, ‘L-Systems in Architecture’, (p.164-168), Birkhäuser Verlag, 2007