Kevin Sweet

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Architecture Programme Director School of Architecture


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Digital fabrication, robotics, BIM, parametric design


Master of Architecture, Columbia University, New York City, USA

Bachelor of Architecture, University of New Mexico, NM USA

Registered Architect, New Mexico, USA


Kevin Sweet is the Architecture Programme Director and Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s (VUW) School of Architecture. He is a registered architect in the United States and focuses his research on contemporary design and fabrication tools as well as methods to enhance current education to be inclusive of these tools. He is an expert in parametric design, digital manufacturing and has an interest in linking design tools directly to the manufacturing process in the search for mass customisation over mass production.

Kevin established the robotics laboratory at VUW and an advanced digital fabrication facility, inclusive of two industrial robots at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Since arriving to New Zealand in 2014, his expertise in contemporary design and fabrication has been focused on prefabrication and various building technologies that are set to transform the building industry. He believes the advancement of software technologies such as BIM and other parametric tools combined with sophisticated computer numerically controlled machines such as industrial robotic arms, will redefine the built environment.

Kevin received his Master of Architecture at Columbia University in New York City, his architectural registration in New Mexico, USA and has been teaching for over 13 years. He publishes on various building methodologies and the architectural pedagogy in these changing times.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Design Tools: Parametric Modelling, Computational Design, BIM
  • Contemporary Manufacturing Techniques: Robotics, Computer Numerically Controlled Machines
  • Prefabrication: Mass Customisation, High Value Manufacturing
  • Architectural Pedagogy: Alternative teaching models, contemporary design tools in a modern curriculum

Recent projects

  • Te Kukune Screen (with Tonya Sweet and David Hakaraia): Digitally fabricated parametric interior screen

Photos (above): Andy Spain of Andy Spain Photography

  • Sweet Residence (In Process): Private residence in Houghton Bay, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Earthquake Bench (with Tonya Sweet): Digitally fabricated parametric bench

Recent Publications

Sweet, K., Papageorge, A., Miller, T. (2017). Freeform Robotic Printing with Biomaterials: A Sustainable, Efficient Building Alternative. International Conference on Innovative Production and Construction.

Sweet, K., Dromgool, E. (2016). Rethinking a Global Junk Yard: A Strategy to Reformulate Shipbreaking. Sustainable Built Environment 2016.

Sweet, K., Speirs, C. (2016). Simplified for Resilience: A Parametric Investigation into a Bespoke Joint System for Bamboo. SIGraDi 2016.

Sweet, K., Cormack, J. (2016). Parametrically Fabricated Joints: Creating a Digital Workflow. SIGraDi 2016.

Sweet, K (2015). Robotic Workflow: An Architectural Pedagogical Approach. CAADRIA 2015.


2016 Robot Elective: Block Wall

2016 Te Kukune Screen

2015 Master’s Work: Robotic Incremental Forming

2014 Robot Elective: Parametric Wall at AUS


Teaching in 2019