Session Chair: Marta Malé-Alemany

Session Chair: Marta Malé-Alemany

Alemany is an architect, researcher and educator from Barcelona. She has been the Acting Director of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, after co-¬‐directing its Master Program for 6 years, founding and leading the ‘Digital Tectonics’ Research Line, and creating IAAC’s first Digital Fabrication Laboratory (later Fab Lab BCN). She has taught experimental design studios and research seminars in several Universities in the US (i.e. MIT, U.PENN, UCLA, SCI-¬‐ARC) and at the AA DRL Design Research Laboratory of the Architectural Association, in London.

Marta graduated from ETSAV-¬‐UPC (Barcelona, 96), holds a Master Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University (New York, 97) and is currently a PhD candidate at the ETSAB-¬‐UPC (Barcelona), investigating the potential of large-¬‐scale Additive Manufacturing technologies to innovate building construction. Currently her teaching focuses on developing innovative material & construction solutions, using customized robotic devices and/or hacking existing digital fabrication equipment (i.e. CNC mills, industrial robots), with a special interest on 3D Printing / additive techniques for architecture. Her approach combines the use of testing and simulation for both material and machine processes, in tandem with optimization and generative design tools to script specific design codes aligned with these solutions. In this endeavor she involves external experts and the industry, promoting interdisciplinary teams that include scientists, engineers and designers.

In her professional practice, Marta utilizes her expertise on 4 levels: as an exhibition curator she gives shape to exhibitions on digital design & fabrication related subjects, like the shows ‘FULL PRINTED: 3D Printing Objects’ or ‘FABbots: Design & Fabrication with Customized Robotic Devices’, exhibited at the DHUB Design Museum in Barcelona and several other venues. As an international design juror, Marta reviews competitions like the HOLCIM Awards for Sustainable Construction, the Catalan Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, and a large number Design Studio courses in European and American schools of architecture. Her work as an independent designer has been recognized with the FEIDAD Digital Architecture Award, a NEOTEC Grant for technological entrepreneurship, and a wide range of publications that illustrate her exploration on digital methods for the production of architecture. As a consultant she collaborates with several international practices (i.e. Morphosis, Ábalos & Herreros, SMAQ), to facilitate the analysis of conceptual ideas, develop design proposals, and help apply digital technologies for the materialization of non-¬‐ standard objects, building components and architectural structures.