Christopher Robeller

Christopher Robeller, Photo: Thomas Koziel

Christopher Robeller leads the Digital Timber Construction group DTC at TU Kaiserslautern. He has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research Digital Fabrication NCCR dfab at ETH Zurich, as a doctoral assistant at the Timber Construction Laboratory IBOIS at EPFL Lausanne, and as a research associate at the Institute of Computational Design ICD, at the University of Stuttgart. Christopher holds a Doctor of Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL, and a Professional Diploma in Architecture with Distinction from London Metropolitan University. His research of innovative timber structures, design for assembly and digital fabrication is widely published in scientific journals, books, conferences and exhibitions, and received the best paper award at the Advances in Architectural Geometry conference in 2014. The research has been implemented in prototype structures such as the ICD/itke pavilion (2010), the IBOIS curved folded wood pavilion (2013), the Vidy Theater Lausanne (2017), Annen Multihalle Manternach (2019), HexBox Canopy in Sydney (2019) and the DTC Recycleshell (2019).

Email: christopher.robeller(at)


Selected Publications

Robeller, C., & Von Haaren, N. (2020). Recycleshell: Wood-only Shell Structures Made From Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Production Waste. Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, 61(2), 125-139. DOI: 10.20898/j.iass.2020.204.045

Robeller, C., Konaković, M., Dedijer, M., Pauly, M. and Weinand, Y. (2017). Double-Layered Timber Plate Shell. International Journal of Space Structures, 32(3-4), 160-175., DOI: 10.1177/0266351117742853

Robeller, C., Gamerro, J. and Weinand, Y. (2017). Théâtre Vidy Lausanne – A Double-Layered Timber Folded Plate Structure. Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, 58, 295-314., DOI: 10.20898/j.iass.2017.194.864

Robeller, C., Integral Mechanical Attachment for Timber Folded Plate Structures, EPFL PhD Thesis No. 6465, 2015, DOI: 10.5075/epfl-thesis-6564

Robeller, C. and Weinand, Y., Fabrication-Aware Design of Timber Folded Plate Shells with Double Through Tenon Joints, RobArch 2016, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-26378-6_12

Robeller, C. and Weinand, Y., A 3D Cutting Method for Integral 1DOF Multiple-Tab-and-Slot Joints for Timber Plates, using 5-axis CNC Cutting Technology, World Conference of Timber Engineering WCTE 2016, Vienna, Austria, August 22-25, 2016, ISBN: 978-390303900-1, Fulltext PDF


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