Johannes Braumann, Leiter der Abteilung Kreative Robotik an der Kunstuniversität Linz, und Sigrid Brell-Cokcan haben den Society Award of Excellence gewonnen.
Sigrid Brell-Cokcan and Johannes Braumann founded the Association for Robots in Architecture in 2010 with the goal of making industrial robots accessible to the creative industry. Towards that goal, the Association is developing innovative software tools such as KUKA|prc (parametric robot control) and initialized the Rob|Arch conference series on robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design which –following Vienna in 2012, Ann Arbor in 2014, and Sydney in 2016 – will be held 2018 in Zurich. Robots in Architecture is a KUKA System Partner and has been validated as a research institution by national and international research agencies such as the European Union’s FP7 program. Just recently, Sigrid founded the new chair for Individualized Production in Architecture at RWTH Aachen University. After founding the new Topic Group on Construction Robotics and the Springer Journal on Construction Robotics in 2018 Sigrid has been elected to serve the board of directors of euRobotics AISBL, an international non-profit association for all stakeholders in European robotics. Johannes is heading the department for Creative Robotics at UfG Linz and leading the development of KUKA|prc. Their work has been widely published in peer reviewed scientific journals, international proceedings, and books, as well as being featured in formats such as Wired, Gizmodo, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and RBR.
From the Awards Committee's citation:
"Sigrid Brell-Cokcan and Johannes Braumann have been recognized by the Acadia Awards committee as a cornerstone of the technology community by their contribution in the construction and proliferation of ideas. ACADIA's sister organization, Robots in Architecture, which they have developed throughout the past years, has greatly expanded the conversation of robotics in the field, opening up new paths for professional development for many architects."
2018 ACADIA Awards Committee: Jose Sanchez (chair), Behnaz Farahi, Manuel Jimenez Garcia