Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology

PhD Defence by Mads Brath Jensen

On Wednesday, October 6th, Mads Brath Jensen will defend his PhD titled "Co-creative Robotic Design Processes in Architecture".

Last modified: 29.09.2021


13.00 - 13.05: Welcome by moderator  Marie Frier Hvejsel

13.05 - 13.50: Presentation by Mads Brath Jensen

13.50 - 14.05: Break

14.05 - 16.00 (latest): Questions

16.00 - 16.30: Assessment & Announcement from the assessment committee

16.30: Speeches and reception

Link to invitation

Assessment committee

  • Professor Dr. Norbert Palz, Universität der Künste Berlin
  • Associate Professor Dr. Paul Nicholas, Institute of Architecture and Technology, The Royal Danish Academy
  • Associate Professor PhD Michael Finbarr Mullins, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University


  • Professor Hans Jørgen Andersen, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University
  • Co-supervisor: Professor MSO Isak Worre Foged. Institute of Architecture and Design, The Royal Danish Academy

Sign up and questions

If you wish to participate at the defense please sign up via doodle at this link:

Doodle defence

If you wish to participate in the reception please sign up via doodle at this link:

Doodle - reception

The defense will also be presented via Zoom. If you wish to participate via ZOOM, please sign up on the doodle link for the defense AND send an email to secretary Kristina Wagner Røjen. Kristina will then send you a personal invite to the Zoom session.

Please also contact Kristina with any further questions regarding the defense.


The PhD thesis examines interactive and collaborative design methods for robotic fabrication in architecture. Through the study of design thinking, computational design exploration, robotic architecture and material systems, the thesis proposes a design framework for co-creative human-material-robot processes in architecture. This integrated design framework seeks to bridge a gap in current processes of digital fabrication, where designers shift from being highly engaged during design processes, to designated passive bystanders during ongoing fabrication processes.

It is believed that robotic fabrication, supported by cyber-physical frameworks for interactive and collaborative processes of human-material-robot making, can support and enhance the creative exploration of design modelling and design making in architecture. To investigate this hypothesis, the thesis asks how interactive and collaborative robotic fabrication can contribute to creative ‘co-evolutionary’ design process in architecture and how such creative activities will influence cognitive design processes.

Focusing on the methodology of Research-through-Design the work presented in the thesis advocates for design research being performed through experimental work, involving digital models, physical prototypes, and full-scale demonstrators. The project comprises a sequence of five discrete experimental studies that progressively alternates between author-driven and student-driven design processes. This strategy allows for an alternation between subjective and objective registrations of the robot-based design processes and an uncovering of the potential impact and relevance of diverse levels of design experience.

Based on the findings of the thesis, the proposed design methods were found to progressively enhance interaction with the robotic fabrication process. The opportunity to directly interact with a robotic arm and suggest changes during the ongoing fabrication process allowed for initiation of fabrication processes that were not entirely determined, thereby substantiating trial-and-error based design explorations that allow for reflection-in-action to occur.

The thesis also concludes that if decision-making is to be shared between all agents in a co-creative human-robot design framework, the robotic framework must incorporate strategies for machine learning and artificial intelligence.