Princeton University School of Architecture is thrilled to announce the appointment of Arash Adel as Assistant Professor of Building Technology.*
Hailing from a strong pedagogical legacy of robotics in architecture, Professor Adel has a remarkable background: he received his Master in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and his Doctorate in Architecture with a focus on robotic construction from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). In his time as Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, he established the successful ADR Laboratory with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, quickly amassing a highly recognized body of work, including the resourceful Robotically Fabricated Structure (RFS) —an algorithmically-designed timber pavilion fabricated via human-robot collaboration—located in Ann Arbor’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Through the ADR Laboratory, Professor Adel and his team investigate the intersection of architecture and technology with a specific emphasis on low-carbon construction and resilient design alongside robotics and computation.
Professor Adel has received several grants and awards, including support from notable institutions such as the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program in 2022. He was the 2023 recipient of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) New Researcher Award and his team’s Robotically Fabricated Structure (RFS) received the Jury’s Choice Award for the 2023 Wood Design & Building Awards program, organized by The Canadian Wood Council.
In addition, Professor Adel has extensive experience in teaching computation and fabrication to graduate and undergraduate students, and his expertise helps fill a void in our pedagogy across all programs. Special thanks to the Faculty Search Committee for their hard work in bringing Professor Adel to Princeton.
*This appointment is pending approval from the Princeton University Board of Trustees.