Norman Hack

Junior Professor für Digitale Baufabrikation n.hack@tu-bs.de

Dr. (sc. ETH Zürich), M.Arch. (AA), Dipl.-Ing. Architektur

(0531) 391-3575


  • Digital Building Fabrication Laboratory – DBFL


Academic Education

  • 2018: PhD, Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich, 2018, Prof. Fabio Gramazio, Prof. Matthias Kohler
  • 2012: Architectural Association (AA), Master of Architecture, Emergent Technologies and Design
  • Vienna Technical University, Diploma in Architecture


Professional Background

  • 2009-2010: Architect, Digital Technologies Group, Herzog and deMeuron



  • ETH Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Theses 2018
  • Best Paper Award ICRA 2017, Singapore, Runner up
  • Concrete Innovation Award 2017, Tromsø, Winner
  • Swiss Technology Award 2016, Basel, Winner in the Category “Inventors”
  • German Concrete Canoe Competition 2016, Brandenburg , Winner in the Category “Innovative Construction”
  • Best Paper Award CAADRIA 2014, Kyoto, Runner up
  • Architectural Association School of Architecture, Graduation with Distinction
  • Europan 11, Skien and Porsgrunn, Winner
  • Emtech Pavilion Design Competition 2011, London, Winner
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD ) Graduate Scholarship, AA London
  • Vienna Technical University, Graduation with Distinction
  • Research Scholarship Vienna Technical University Vienna, Winner
  • Alvar Aalto Award 2005, Bremen, Winner



  • M. Lussi, T. Sandy, D. Kathrin, N. Hack, F. Gramazio, M. Kohler, J. Buchli, “Accurate and Adaptive In situ Fabrication of an Undulated Wall using an On-Board Visual Sensing System”, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2018
  • ­N. Hack, T. Wangler, J. Mata-Falcónc, K. Dörfler, N.Kumar, A. Walzer, K.Grasere, et al., “Mesh Mould: An on site, robotically fabricated, functional formwork”, High Performance Concrete and Concrete Innovation Conference. Tromsø, 2017
  • ­N. Kumar, N. Hack, A. Kathrin, D. Walzer, G. Rey, F. Gramazio, M. Kohler, J. Buchli, “Design, Development and Experimental Assessment of a Robotic End-Effector for Non-Standard Concrete Applications”, In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017
  • ­T. Wangler, E. Lloret, L.Reiter, N. Hack, F. Gramazio, M. Kohler, M. Bernhard, et al., “Digital Concrete: Opportunities and Challenges.” RILEM Technical Letters 1, pp. 67–75, 2016
  • ­N. Hack, W. V. Lauer, F. Gramazio, M. Kohler, “Mesh Mould: Robotically Fabricated Metal Meshes as Concrete Formwork and Reinforcement”, In Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Ferrocement and 3rd ICTRC International Conference on Textile Reinforced Concrete, edited by Wolfgang Brameshuber, 347–59. Aachen: Rilem Publications, 2015
  • ­N. Hack, W.V. Lauer, Gramazio, M. Kohler, “Mesh-Mould: Differentiation for Enhanced Performance”, CAADRIA 2014: Proceedings of the 19th Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, 2014
  • ­N. Hack, W.V. Lauer, F. Gramazio, M. Kohler. “Mesh-Mould: Robotically Fabricated Spatial Meshes as Reinforced Concrete Formwok”, Fabricate: Negotiating Design & Making, edited by F. Gramazio, M. Kohler, and S. Langenberg, 224–31. Zurich: Gta Verlag, 2014
  • ­N. Hack, W. Lauer, S. Langenberg, F. Gramazio, M. Kohler. “Overcoming Repetition?: Robotic Fabrication Processes at a Large Scale”, International Journal of Architectural Computing 11 (3): 285–300, 2013



  • N. Hack, N. Kumar, J. Buchli, F. Gramazio, and M. Kohler, “Digital method and automated robotic setup for producing variable-density and arbitrary shaped metallic meshes,” EP16159663, 2016
  • N.Hack, W. V Lauer, F. M. Gramazio, M. Kohler, and N. Blank, “Method of fabricating a 3-dimensional structure, mesh formwork element for fabricating a 3-dimensional structure, and method of fabricating the same,” Google Patents, 20


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