Stefana Parascho

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Stefana Parascho
Assistant Professor, Architecture
Dipl.-Ing. (Architecture), University of Stuttgart
Doctoral Candidate, ETH Zurich, Dept. of Architecture

Office: Architecture Building, S-13
E-mail: parascho@princeton.edu

Stefana Parascho is an architect with a focus on computational design and robotic fabrication. She received her Diploma in Architecture from the University of Stuttgart. She worked with Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering on the generation of structure and façade geometry, and with Design-to-Production Stuttgart on the development and programming of geometrically complex construction systems. After her studies, Stefana Parascho focused on research in digital design and fabrication at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design, University of Stuttgart and at Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich. In Stuttgart, she co-lead the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2013/14, developing and implementing strategies for the design and robotic fabrication of structures built of fiber-based modules.

In 2019 Stefana Parascho completed her doctoral studies at Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, as part of the National Centre for Competence and Research in Digital Fabrication. Her thesis Computational Design and Cooperative Fabrication of Spatial Metal Structures, developed in collaboration with computer scientists and structural engineers, proposes methods for the cooperative assembly of bespoke spatial structures, as well as integrative strategies for the architectural design of robotically fabricated structures. Her research interest lies at the intersection of design, structure and fabrication, with a focus on robotic fabrication processes and fabrication-informed design. Throughout her research she has explored existing computational design methods and their potential role for architectural construction, ranging from agent-based models to mathematical optimization. Her goal is to strengthen the connection between design, structure and fabrication and the interdisciplinary nature of architectural design through the development of accessible computational design tools. In addition to research, she has taught both in Stuttgart and Zurich, in architecture programs as well as specialized programs in computational design and digital fabrication (ITECH Stuttgart, MAS DFAB ETH Zurich).

Stefana Parascho’s work has been exhibited at international venues, such as the Milan Design Week and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and published in peer-reviewed publications and architecture magazines, such as Architectural Design and Kunst+Architektur Switzerland.

Selected publications:
Parascho, Stefana, Thomas Kohlhammer, Stelian Coros, Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler. 2018. “Computational Design of Multi-Robotically Assembled Spatial Structures.” Advances in Architectural Geometry 2018.

Gandia, Augusto, Stefana Parascho, Romana Rust, Gonzalo Casas, Matthias Kohler and Fabio Gramazio. 2018. “Automatic Path Planning for Robotically Assembled Spatial Structures.” In publication for RobArch 2018.

Piskorec, Luka, David Jenny, Stefana Parascho, Hannes Mayer, Matthias Kohler and Fabio Gramazio. 2018. “The Brick Labyrinth.” In publication for RobArch 2018.

Parascho, Stefana, Augusto Gandia, Ammar Mirjan, Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler. 2017. “Cooperative Fabrication of Spatial Metal Structures.” Fabricate 2017. pp 24-29. UCL press, edited by Achim Menges, Bob Sheil, Ruairi Glynn and Marilena Skavara. ISBN: 978-1-78735-001-4, DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787350014   

Parascho, Stefana, Jan Knippers, Moritz Dörstelmann, Marshall Prado and Achim Menges. 2014. “Modular Fibrous Morphologies: Computational Design, Simulation and Fabrication of Differentiated Fibre Composite Building Components.” Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014. pp. 29-45. Springer, edited by Philippe Block, Jan Knippers, Niloy J. Mitra, Wenping Wang. ISBN 978-3-319-11418-7, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11418-7_3

Dörstelmann, Moritz, Jan Knippers, Achim Menges, Stefana Parascho, Marshall Prado and Tobias Schwinn. 2015. “Modular Coreless Filament Winding Based on Beetle Elytra.” Architectural Design: Material Synthesis. Fusing the Physical and the Computational, 05 Vol 85 2015. pp. 54-59. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978-1-118-87837-9

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