The workshop Digital Design and Production in Architecture, organized by INDEXLAB – Politecnico di Milano, has the objective to offer a new vision on architecture and its manufacturing methodologies.
As 20th Century’s architecture focused on mass production and serial repetition of its components, today’s one will be strongly characterized by varied and unique elements, industrially produced through advanced CNC fabrication machines. At the same time, the rise of novel programming platforms for design make it possible to generate processes and algorithms that allow the control of form and technological aspects from the first conceptual stages of the design till the construction phase. This makes possible to integrate aesthetics and functionality, structural resistance and energy performance within one coherent design process.
In the process of definition such “design to production” workflow, both fabrication and material limits and potentials play a key role in generating competitive logical construction systems. Robots and CNC machinery contribute to the redefinition of design methodologies and construction processes, transferring most of manufacturing from the building site to industrial production, where advanced components, integrating structure and envelope, can be designed and fabricated into complex solutions with high aesthetic and functional value.
The workshop aims at bringing together visionary companies, advanced designers and innovation-oriented students to envision new synergies between academic research, architectural practice and industrial production.

Behind the Scenes Crew

Creative Director
Pierpaolo Ruttico

Course Director
Francesco Braghin

Scientific Committee
Emilio Pizzi
Manuela Grecchi
Giulio Barazzetta
Tiziana Poli
Gabriele Masera

Digital Tutors
Lila PanahiKazemi
Andrea Rossi
Thibault Schwartz
Pierpaolo Ruttico

Design and Production Team
Wojciech Kocki
Edoardo Iero
Octavian Catlabuga
Angelo Figliola
Andrea Quartara
Tom Brooks
Shahrokh Kamyab
Alessandro Tassinari
Gabriele Ermacora

Lecco Campus Vice Rector
Marco Bocciolone

Lecco Campus Manager
Manuela Ghielmetti

Roberta Castelnuovo
Valentina Brunetti

Administrative secretary
Eleonora Della Rosa
Raffaella Scalco
Francesca Tommaselli

General services
Sergio Brambilla
Flavio Losa

IT services
Stefano e Daniele Sandrinelli
Daniele Frignani e Giuseppe Ierfone

Technical services
Giovanni De Palo
Lorenzo Tognini
RED Matteo Manca

Housing service
Silvia Di Russo

Research Laboratories
Fabio Roncoroni
Laura Losapio

2D lasercutting, 3D printing
Monica Pozzi

CNC Milling
Cristian Ferretti

Concrete Materials and Structures Lab
Matteo Colombo
Giulio Zani
Andrea Stefanoni

Technology Transfer Office
Barbara Colombo
Roberto Tiezzi

Special Thanks
Oscar Ferrato
Massimo Avigo
Fiorenzo e Giuseppe Castellini
Andrea Guerra
Giorgio Piovesan
Francesca Giunti e Alba Bellagente
Marco Orlando
Flavio Rampinelli
Andrea Zani
Paul e David Vukovich
Paolo e Serena Porrati
Daniele Catelani


Politecnico di Milano houses cutting-edge technology for the fabrication of physical prototypes, including CNC milling, water-jet, laser cutting, 3D printing facilities and industrial robots. At Indexlab we offer tools to perform complex manipulations and innovative manufacturing processes on natural materials, metals, polymers, cement-based materials, composites.

Hot-wire cutting

Laser, welding

Milling, contouring


Pick and place


Sensing and actuation

Motion sensing


Scientific committee: Emilio Pizzi, Manuela Grecchi, Giulio Barazzetta, Tiziana Poli, Gabriele Masera, Francesco Braghin (Director)

Digital Tutors: Lila PanahiKazemi, Thibault Schwartz, Andrea Rossi, Pierpaolo Ruttico (Director)

Indexlab workshop tutors are world-renowned leading experts in the field of digital construction, computational design and robotic fabrication. 

Pierpaolo Ruttico

Pierpaolo Ruttico is a research fellow at the Politecnico di Milano, founder and director of INDEXLAB. He holds a PhD in Building Engineering, he has been a Guest Critic at SCIarc Los Angeles and his work has been published internationally, including Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012, EnCoding Architecture 2013, Engineering Systems Design and Analysis 2014, IAHS 2015. He previously worked as a designer for PelliClarkePelli Architects in NYC and as a computational designer and robotic fabrication consultant for COOPHIMMELB(L)AU in Vienna.

Andrea Rossi

Andrea Rossi is an architect, computational designer and researcher. His research spans from robotic fabrication to computational urban planning, and his past and present collaborations include ETH Zurich, TU Darmstadt Digital Design Unit, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Politecnico di Milano – IndexLab among others. He has been teaching workshops on computational tools in Italy, Germany and USA. His work has been presented extensively, including Venice Biennale 2012, EnCodingArchitecture 2013, ACADIA 2013.

Lila PanahiKazemi

Lila PanahiKazemi is an architectural researcher, computational designer and system engineer. She is Computational Design Specialist for KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten and Teaching Assistant at TU Darmstadt – Digital Design Unit. She taught workshops on computational tools in Italy, Germany and USA, as well as co-chaired the Architectural Ecologies Symposium at EMCSR 2014. Her work has been presented at Venice Biennale 2012, EnCodingArchitecture 2013, ACADIA 2013 among others.

Thibault Schwartz

Thibault Schwartz is Founder and President of HAL Robotics. Alongside his architectural education at ENSA Paris Malaquais, Thibault worked for a series of practices including EZCT Architecture & Design Research and Gehry Technologies France. He has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture and run workshops in a number of countries and institutions, including AA Visiting School, Fraunhofer Stuttgart, Robots in Architecture Conferences, EPFL and Universität Innsbruck. Thibault is currently pursuing a Doctorate at ENSAPM GSA laboratory, focusing on novel manufacturing techniques for UHPC lightweight structures.


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