Lecturer, Research Associate

ETH Zürich


Dr. Zhao MA is a designer, engineer, and computer scientist based in Zurich, Switzerland. He is currently a lecturer and research associate at ETH Zurich, where he teaches computational methods for design education, and researches computing applications for living systems, robotic fabrication, and geometry processing.

Zhao received a Master of Architecture degree and a Master of Engineering (Structural) degree from MIT in 2017. He obtained his doctorate in 2021 at ETH Zurich, conducting multi-disciplinary research across the architecture and computer graphics fields. His featured doctorate work “Stylized Robotic Sculpting” developed a novel design and fabrication system for carving clay sculptures with robots. The research was shared by Gramazio Kohler Research (ETHZ), Computational Robotics Lab (ETHZ), and Disney Research Zurich.

Believing that modern computational research is impacting beyond current disciplinary structures, Zhao seeks to bridge the fields of design, science and engineering with computing and foster such research through cross-disciplinary collaborations. His work has featured in various awards and patents across disciplines, including architecture, landscape, and computational design.

  • Computational Fab & Robotics
  • Design Optimization
  • Data Visualization
  • 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