Michael Budig

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Assistant Professor & PhD Programme Coordinator

Pillar / Cluster: Architecture and Sustainable Design
Research Areas: Computation, Sustainable Design Science, Architectural Design, Architectural Information Management

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Michael Budig is Assistant Professor in Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Before joining SUTD he was a senior researcher at the Singapore ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) from 2011 to 2014 and was leading a Singapore based research team for Gramazio & Kohler’s professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication (ETH Zurich). The project included PhD research, industry collaborations and design studios for Masters in Architecture students from ETH Zurich and NUS Singapore.

Prior to the activities at FCL Michael Budig was teaching and researching at Studio Hadid, University of Applied Arts Vienna, and the Institute for Experimental Architecture.Hochbau, University of Innsbruck. He is a registered architect (EU-wide, Austrian Chamber of Architects) and was principal at Moll Budig Architecture. Built projects include housing and industrial projects like a metal recycling company and soap production facilities, both located in Innsbruck (Austria). His main research focuses on parametric design, and digital fabrication and construction.


  • Diplom Ingenieur Architektur (MArch), University of Innsbruck
  • Pre-Diploma in Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Research Interest

  • Data-driven design
  • Regenerative architecture
  • Building with renewable materials
  • Circularity and resource consumption

Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator: Mapletree Design Partnership 2, with Kenneth Tracy (Co-PI), with Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, 2019-present.
  • Principal Investigator: Arup Global Research Challenge Collaboration; with Oliver Heckmann (PI), with Arup, 2019-present.
  • Principal Investigator: Next Residential High-Rise – Comparative study and analytical modelling for flexible housing typologies based on modularity and composite structural systems; with Oliver Heckmann (PI), Lynette Cheah (Collaborator), funded by the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, 2018-present.
  • Principal Investigator: BCA Design Partnership for the IBEW 2019 Pavilion; with Kenneth Tracy (Co-PI), for Building Construction Authority (BCA), 2019.
  • Principal Investigator: Mapletree Design Research on the Reuse of Wood Planks for a Permanent Design Installation; with Kenneth Tracy (Co-PI), for Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, 2017-2019.
  • Principal Investigator: Start-up Research Grant, “Lamination processes for the design of spatial and multi-performative structural surfaces”, 2015-2017.
  • Co-Principal Investigator: BCA Grant on Maintainability Design Appraisal System, with Tan Szue Hann (PI) and Surbana Jurong, Nanayang Technological University (Co-PI), industrial collaborator, 2017 – 2019.
  • Co-Principal Investigator: MOE funded research, “Analysis of architectural elements for tropical climates”, 2016-2017.
  • Co-Principal Investigator: SUTD Centre for Digital Manufacturing and Design, “Design and Robotic Fabrication of 3D composites”, 2016-2018.
  • Associated Researcher: Future Cities Laboratory Phase 2, Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability, “Alternative Construction Materials: Bamboo, Grasses And Waste”, 2015-2020.
  • Collaborator: NRF Grant on Planning Guidelines and Contextualised Design Interventions for Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods in Singapore; with Belinda Yuen (PI), LKY Centre for Innovative Cities, 2017-19.

Selected Publication

  • Budig, M, Lim, J & Petrovic, R, 2014. Integrating Robotic Fabrication in the Design Process. In Made by Robots. Architectural Design Magazine 229. London: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 22-43.
  • Budig, M, Lauer, W, Petrovic, R & Lim, J, 2014. Design of Robotic Fabricated High Rises. In Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2014. New York: Springer, pp. 111-130.
  • Budig, M, Neumayr, R, 2009. Associative Processes. In Design and Modelling Symposium 2009. Berlin: University of the Arts.
  • Neumayr, R, Budig, M, 2009. Generative Processes. In Innovative Design + Construction Technologies 2009. Milano: Politecnico Milano.
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