Wes Mcgee is a Lecturer in Architecture and the Director of the FABLab at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. His work revolves around the interrogation of craft and material performance, with a research and teaching agenda focused on developing new connections between design, engineering, materials, and process as they relate to the built environment through the creation of customized software and fabrication tools. Seamlessly integrating process constraints with design intent, the work spans multiple workflows, including algorithmic design, computational feedback of material properties, and secondary and tertiary automation processes that integrate robotics with bespoken machines of architectural production. As a founding partner and senior designer in the studio Matter Design, his work spans a broad range of scales and materials, always dedicated to re-imagining the role of the designer in the digital era. In 2013 Matter Design was awarded the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers.
Wes has presented work at multiple national and international conferences on design and fabrication, and been published in recent books such as “Fabricate”, by Ruairi Glynn and Bob Sheil and “Digital Fabrication in Architecture” by Nick Dunn, as well as forthcoming books such as “Performative Materials in Architecture” by Rashida NG and Sneha Patel and Material Strategies in Digital Fabrication, Ed. by Christopher Beorkrem. In 2012, he collaborated with Supermanouevre on a robotically fabricated installation in the Australian Pavillion at the Venice Biennale. In 2014 he will be Chair of the Robotics in Architecture Conference, hosted at the University of Michigan.