Arash Adel


Arash Adel

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Dr. Arash Adel is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he directs the ADR Laboratory. His laboratory conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of design, computation, and robotics, contributing to resilient, sustainable, and low-carbon construction outlooks and achievements. At the core of his comprehensive research is investigating human-machine collaborative processes, which tackle fundamental questions related to the future of the design and construction industries and their potential to have a broader impact on inclusive and equitable building culture. 

Adel is particularly known for his work with novel integrative computational design methods coupled with robotic assembly techniques for manufacturing nonstandard timber buildings and structures. His experience includes numerous widely-published projects such as the DFAB HOUSE located in Dubendorf, Switzerland, and more recently, the Robotically Fabricated Structure (RFS) timber pavilion sited at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He has extensively lectured, and his work has been on exhibit at various galleries, institutions, and events, including the ACADIA conference, the AIA National Design Week in Spokane, the Museum of Arts at WSU, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Third Gallery Idaho, and the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

Adel received his Master’s in Architecture from Harvard University and his Doctorate in Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).




A. Adel, ” Robotic Timber Assembly: A Novel Approach for the Robotic Construction of Non-standard Timber Structures Made from Short Elements,” in Hybrids & Haecceities: Proceedings Catalog of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), Philadelphia, 2022.

A. Adel, “Computational Design for Cooperative Robotic Assembly of Nonstandard Timber Frame Buildings,” Ph.D. Thesis, ETH, Zurich, 2020.


ARCH 702 – Robotic Engagement

ARCH 703 – Virtual Engagement

ARCH 708 – Systems Engagement

ARCH 739 – M.S Capstone 

ARCH 509 – Robotic Fabrication