Next-gen research leaders presenting at CoLab: Kevin Sweet

Kevin Sweet to present at PrefabNZ CoLab

Kevin Sweet is the Architecture Programme Director and Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s (VUW) School of Architecture. He is a registered architect in the United States and focuses his research on contemporary design and fabrication tools as well as methods to enhance current education to be inclusive of these tools. He is an expert in parametric design, digital manufacturing and has an interest in linking design tools directly to the manufacturing process in the search for mass customisation over mass production.

Kevin established the robotics laboratory at VUW and an advanced digital fabrication facility, inclusive of two industrial robots at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Since arriving to New Zealand in 2014, his expertise in contemporary design and fabrication has been focused on prefabrication and various building technologies that are set to transform the building industry. He believes the advancement of software technologies such as BIM and other parametric tools combined with sophisticated computer numerically controlled machines such as industrial robotic arms, will redefine the built environment.

Kevin received his Master of Architecture at Columbia University in New York City, his architectural registration in New Mexico, USA and has been teaching for over 13 years. He publishes on various building methodologies and the architectural pedagogy in these changing times.

CoLab is the anticipated annual conference of PrefabNZ, its THE prefab and offsite event at the heart of innovative construction #CoLab2018, 7 - 9 March, Auckland. More information on session leaders, programme, site visits and registration click here.

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