Lecturer, Research Associate

ETH Zürich


Zhao MA is an architect, designer, and computer scientist based in Zurich, Switzerland. He is currently a lecturer at ETH Zurich, where he focuses on optimization-based methods for computational robotic fabrication. His featured work “Stylized Robotic Sculpting” developed a novel design and robotic fabrication system for carving clay sculptures with robots.

Zhao received a Master of Architecture degree and a Master of Engineering (Structural) degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2017. He obtained his Ph.D. at ETH Zurich, where he conducted cross-discipline research shared with Gramazio Kohler Research (ETHZ), Computational Robotics Lab (ETHZ), and Disney Research Zurich.

Zhao seeks to bridge fields of design, engineering, and computational fabrication through cross-disciplinary collaborations. His work has featured in various awards and patents across disciplines including architecture, landscape, and computational design.

  • Computational Fabrication
  • Structural Optimization
  • Material Meso Structure
  • Architecture Design
  • Doctor of Science, 2021

    ETH Zürich

  • Master of Engineering in High Performance Structure, 2017

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Master of Architecture, 2017

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • BSc in Advanced Engineering, 2012

    Beihang University


  • ma AT arch.ethz.ch
  • Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication / ETH Zurich / Building HIB / Floor E / Room 43 / Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1, Zurich, 8093
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