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.

He was a researcher and lecturer in the CAAD group from 2008 to 2014, teaching courses at the bachelor, master, and postgraduate levels. Prior to this, he worked in the consulting and financial industries at McKinsey & Company and J.P. Morgan respectively, as well as at Herzog & de Meuron architects. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and an MBA degree from Insead Fontainebleau.

Recent projects include the Digital Grotesque installation for the Archilab 2013 exhibition, the Sixth Order installation at the Gwangju Design Biennale, as well as a cast-iron façade restoration in Tribeca. He recently exhibited work at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Art Basel / Design Miami, and at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Michael Hansmeyer is currently a visiting professor at Southeast University in Nanjing, and at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).
Projects CAAD  
2013 Digital Grotesque / Grotto[link]
2011 The Sixth Order[link]
2010 Subdivided Column[link]
2009 Platonic Solids[link]

Talks and Lectures
14.11.15 Tokyo City University, talk at ALGODeQ2 symposium, Tokyo
07.10.15 SCI-Arc, lecture: ‘Out of Order’, fall lecture series, Los Angeles
14.05.15 Newcastle University, talk at ‘Computation with Nature’ symposium, Newcastle
17.04.15 Harvard GSD, talk at ‘Data Across Scales’ symposium, Cambridge
01.04.15 Kobe University, lecture: ‘Writing, Printing and Reading Architecture’, Kobe
17.03.15 Kyoto University, talk at ‘Encoding and Decoding: traditional architectural style’ symposium, Kyoto
24.11.14 Princeton University, lecture series: “The New How”, Princeton
25.09.14 University of Patras, lecture: ‘Writing, Printing and Reading Architecture’, Patras
17.06.14 Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, lecture: ‘Writing, Printing and Reading Architecture’, Stuttgart
13.03.14 Bartlett School of Architecture, Material Matters lecture series, London
22.02.14 Yale University, talk at ‘Digital Post-Modernities. From Calculus to Computation’ symposium, New Haven
20.01.14 Architectural Association, Jury member at DRL – Behavioral Complexty, London
17.01.14 University of Innsbruck, Institut für Gestaltung, talk at ‘Form-Rule | Rule-Form’ symposium, Innsbruck
20.11.13 Southeast University – Architecture Department, lecture: “Digital Grotesque”, Nanjing
18.11.13 Tongji University, lecture together with Wang Zhenfei, Shanghai
13.11.13 Tsinghua University – School of Architecture, lecture: “Digital Grotesque”, Beijing
12.11.13 Wuhan Biennale, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, talk: “Recent Work”, Wuhan
08.11.13 International Scenography Biennial, talk: “Recent Work”, Ludwigsburg
07.11.13 Vienna University of Applied Arts (Die Angewandte), Sliver lecture series, Vienna
27.10.13 Tel Aviv University – School of Architecture, lecture: “Digital Grotesque”, Tel Aviv
24.10.13 FRAC Centre, talk at ArchiLab symposium ‘Architecture et sciences: Une nouvelle naturalitée’, Orléans
30.09.13 McGill University – School of Architecture, lecture: “Printing Architecture”, Montreal
12.09.13 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fall 2013 Lecture Series, lecture: “Digital Grotesque”, Troy, NY
22.06.13 Dessau Institute of Architecture, talk at ‘3D Printing in Concrete’ conference, Dessau
24.04.13 Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai), lecture: “Digital Grotesque”, Tokyo
24.04.13 Tokyo City University – Faculty of Urban Life Studies, co-lecture with Makoto Sei Watanabe, Tokyo
23.04.13 University of Tokyo, lecture: “Digital Grotesque”, Tokyo
04.04.13 Schweizer Baumustercentrale, talk at ‘Parametric Architecture’ event, Zurich
14.02.13 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Digital/Analogue lecture series, lecture: “Undrawable”, Trondheim
01.12.12 Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK, talk at ‘Schweiz, Räumlicher Stand der Dinge’ symposium, Zurich
24.10.12 Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW, lecture: “Undrawable”, Zurich
01.09.12 Proto/e/co/logics 002 – The Field is Open symposium, talk: “Undrawable”, Rovinj, Croatia
26.07.12 Tsinghua University – School of Architecture, lecture: “Undrawable”, Beijing
28.06.12 TED Global 2012 conference, Radical Openness, “Building Unimaginable Shapes”, Edinburgh
04.06.12 Tongji University, Architecture Department, lecture “Super-specific”, Shanghai
30.05.12 Tsinghua University – Department of Art, lecture “Super-specific”, Beijing
28.05.12 CAFA Chinese Academy of Fine Arts, lecture “Super-specific”, Beijing
21.05.12 Tamkang University – Architecture Department, lecture “Super-specific”, Taipei
12.11.11 University of Tokyo, Digital Design Lab Launch Event, keynote lecture,Tokyo
26.10.11 Bartlett School of Architecture, International Lecture Series, lecture “’Undrawable”, London
01.03.11 Southeast University – Architecture Department, lecture “‘Undrawable”, Nanjing

Conference Papers
M. Hansmeyer and B. Dillenburger,”Digital Grotesque”. In Fabricate 2014, Zurich, 2014
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
Palais de TokyoL’Usages des formes, curated by Gallien Déjean, Subdivided Columns, Paris, March 20th – May 17th, 2015
Design Exchange3DXL, Arabesque Wall, Toronto, May 14th – August 16th, 2015
Gewerbemuseum WinterthurDer Entefesselte Raum, Digital Grotesque 1:3, Part I and II, Winterthur, May 9th – October 4th, 2015
Trondheim KunstmuseumMetaMorf 2014 – Biennale for Art and Technology, curated by Espen Gangvik, Grotto 1:3, Part I and II, Trondheim, April 30th – June 1st, 2014
Museum of Arts and Design Materializing the Postdigital, curated by Ron Labaco, Column Prototype, New York, Oct. 16th 2013 – June 1st, 2014
FRAC Centre OrléansArchilab 2013, curated by Marie-Ange Brayer and Frederic Migayrou, Grotto Part 1 and two Sixth Order columns, Orléans, Sept. 14th, 2013 – March 31, 2014
Design Miami / Basel Woven Column, commissioned by Swiss Architecture Museum SAM, opening June 10th
Architektur 13 – WerkschauWoven Column II, Zurich, opening Oct. 25th
Swiss Art Awards Grotto Prototype 1:3 White, Basel, opening June 10th
Tokyo University of ArtsMaterializing マテリアライジング 展, curated by Yusuke Oono and Taichi Sunayama, Grotto Prototype 1:3 Gold, Chinretsukan Gallery, Tokyo, opening June 6th
Rijswijk Museum 10th Paper Biennale, curated by Anne Kloosterboer, Column Negative, The Hague, Sept. 4th – Nov. 25th, 2012
TED Global 2012 Radical Openness, Column Prototype, Edinburgh, June 24 – June 29th, 2012
Gwangju Design BiennaleCurated by Ai Wei Wei and Seung H-Sang, The Sixth Order installation Sept. 2nd – Oct. 23rd 2011
Le Lieu du Design Self Structure, curated by Elodie Ternaux, Column Prototype, Paris, Sept. 30th – Dec. 17th, 2011
SmallspaceKnots and Facets, exhibition with Jens Risch, curated by Anna von Hahn, Column Prototype, Berlin, April 28th – May 28th, 2011
Reviews / Press
Artforum Cover & ‘Breaking the Curve’, February 2014, p. 168-173, [pdf]
Architectural Design Cover, AD – Future Details of Architecture, edited by Mark Garcia, July 2014, [pdf]
Architectural Digest AD Esssence – Zukunft, ‘Druck Dir die Welt, wie sir Dir gefällt’, June 2014, p. 22-25, [pdf]
Baunetz ‘Digital Grotesque Special’, Baunetzwoche 360 April 2014, p. 3-19, [pdf]
Brand Magazine ‘Post 3D-Printing Communication’, Issue 13, 2014 A, p. 159
DOTS ‘Exploring the New Freedom’, Oct. 2nd, 2014
Focus‘Prachtvolle Bauten auf Knopfdruck’, 34/2014, p. 94-96, [pdf]
GAM ArchitectureMagazine #10, Intuition and the Machine, ‘Digital Grotesque’, p. 87-94
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, [pdf]
NZZ ‘Die 3-D Technologie in der Architektur: Städte aus den Drucker’, Sept. 12th, [link]
P.E.A.R ‘Big Data are for Adding, not Subtracting – Mario Carpo’, Issue No. 7 – Meaning in Material, p.38-41
RUM ‘Det blir inte ballare än så här’, December 2014, p.96-99
Space ‘The Overarching Objective of Digital Fabrication Research’, #562, 9/2014, p.64-72, [pdf]
Der Standard ‘Barock auf Knopfdruck’, May 3rd, 2014, [link]
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, [pdf]
Azure ‘2013 in Review: Top 10 Interiors’, 12/2013
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, [pdf]
Financial TimesMagazine,’Breaking the Mold’, July 27th, 2013, [pdf]
Forbes ‘The World’s First 3D Printed Room’, Dec. 2nd, [link]
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, [pdf]
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, [link]
Page ‘Design per Algorithmus’, #10.2013, p. 94
SonntagsZeitung ‘Wohnblöcke aus dem Printer’, Nov. 3rd, p. 66, [pdf]
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, [pdf]
Architectural Review ‘Radical Openness at TED’, August 2012
Corriere della Sera ‘Il cartone oltre l’imballagio’, February 21st, 2012
Log 26 – Journal for Arch. ‘Subdivided Columns’, November 2012
时代建筑 Time + Architecture ‘Digital Fabrication’, 2012-5, cover, p. 52-55, [pdf]
Vogue Living ‘Tall Order’, January/February 2012, p. 93-94, [pdf]
The White Review ‘Sixth Order’, September 2012
Architectural Record ‘Subdivided Columns’, July 2011, p. 120, [pdf]
CNN ‘Sci-fi gothic architecture brought to life’, April 8th, 2011, [link]
Design Exchange ‘Digital Fabrication’, April 2011, p 46-51, [pdf]
Domus 国际中文版 ‘Towards New Fabrication’, November 2011, p. 59-65, [pdf]
Frame Mag ‘New Order’, August 2011, p. 228-231, [pdf]
Frankfurter Allgemeine ‘Phantastische Bauten für jedermann’, May 8th, 2011, p. 60, [pdf]
GEO ‘Alles von Pappe’, Nr. 5/2011
New Scientist ‘Artful architectural iterations’, April 30th, 2011, p. 47, [pdf]
城市建筑 Urbanism & Arch. ‘装饰柱 :数字设计的鬼斧神工’ / ‘The Seventh Wonder of Digital Design’, 2011, [pdf]
Spiegel Online ‘Fragile Formen aus einer anderen Welt’, April 1st, 2011, [link]
Wired ‘Turning a Doric Column Inside Out’, August, p. 44-45, [pdf]
Work featured in books
Digital HandmadeLucy Johnston, ‘Digital Grotesque’, Thames and Hudson, London
Printing Things – Visions and EssentialsC. Warnier, D. Verbruggen, ‘Digital Grotesque’, Gestalten Verlag
Advanced Customization in Architectural DesignR. Naboni, I. Paoletti, ‘Printing Unlimited Complexity’, (p.129-134), Springer
A Magazine curated by Iris van HerpenDan Thawley, Issue 13, Diverse Projects
Digital & Parametric ArchitectureCarlo Aiello, Diverse Projects, (p.61-69), eVolo Press
Fabricate: Negotiating Design and Making F. Gramazio, M. Kohler, S. Langenberg (eds), ‘Digital Grotesque’, gta Verlag
فرايندهاي طراحي ديجيتا[Digital Design Processes] Zubin Khabazi, ‘Digital Grotesque’, (p.149-161) اشر: كتابكده كسري, Tehran
Meta.Morf – Biennale for Art and Technology Espen Gangvik, ‘Digital Grotesque II, 1:3’, TEKS publishing
The Language of ArchitectureA. Simitch, V. Warke, ‘Subdivided Columns’, Rockport Publishers
マテリアライジング・デコーディング[Materializing Decoding], Yutaro Tomii, ‘Digital Grotesque’, (p.105-107), Millegraph
Architectures Expérimentales 1950-2012Marie-Ange Brayer, ‘The Sixth Order’, Editions HYX
Architecture in FormationPablo Lorenzo-Eiroa and Aaron Sprecher, ‘Subdivided Column’, Routledge
Out of Hand – Materializing the PostdigitalRon Labaco, ‘Subdivided Column’ (p.22-25), Black Dog Publishing
Naturaliser l’ArchitectureFrédéric 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 ArchitectsBranko Mitrovic, ‘Subdivided Column’, University of Virginia Press
Design Intelligence – Advanced ComputationXu Weigou & Neil Leach, ‘High-Resolution’, Tsinghua University Press
Digital Fabrication in ArchitectureNick 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 Press
Best Creatifs 2012Ramona Rockel, Various Projects (p.2,5,6,8,10,38,39,108,109..), iF Design Media
2011 and earlier:
Gwangju Design Biennale 2011 – Book 2Kang Un-Tae, ‘Sixth Order (p.109-111), 2011
Generative GestaltungHartmut Bohnacker et al., ‘Platonic Solids & Subdivided Pavilions (p.52-59), Hermann Schmitt Verlag, 2009
Qompendium Volume 1Kimberly 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 ArchitectureYu-Tung Liu, ‘L-Systems in Architecture’, (p.164-168), Birkhäuser Verlag, 2007