Matthias Brenner

Ph.D. Researcher at the Chair for Construction Heritage and Preservation, ETH Zurich. Matthias studied architecture in Munich, Rome, and Toronto with a focus on structural design. He received his master’s degree with high distinction from TUM in 2019. In 2020 he pursued postgraduate studies in Design Thinking at the HPI D-School. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate within the NCCR dfab, with a focus on AM for the repair of High-Tech facades.

Work Topic

This dissertation project examines architectural innovations of the 1980s and the use of digital manufacturing techniques for their repair and maintenance. Bespoke metal facade components are reverse engineered leveraging WAAM and Robotic Incremental Sheet Forming in collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Lab of ETH Zurich.

Role in the NCCR Digital Fabrication

PhD Researcher


High-Tech for High-Tech: The Potential of Digital Fabrication for the Repair of High-Tech Facades