Sina Mostafavi is a practicing architect, researcher, and educator with expertise in computational design and architectural robotics. He is the founder of award-winning studio SETUParchitecture, a firm that provides consultancy for innovative design solutions to construction processes. He teaches and leads design studios at Delft University of Technology and Dessau International Graduate School of Architecture (DIA) at Bauhaus, where he is also the initiator and director of DARS hub. He is a senior researcher at TU Delft, where he has been the manager and coinitiator of the Robotic Building Lab at Hyperbody group of TU Delft. He has led international workshops such as InDeSem 2015-re.craft, SimAUD 2018 at Delft, and IASS2015 at Amsterdam. As a Ph.D. and as a senior researcher at TU Delft, he has focused since 2011 on development and application of design computation to robotic production of hybrid material systems; using multimode subtractive-additive robotic production methods. He has lectured internationally and has been a member of the scientific committees of various journals and conferences such as eCAADe and ACADIA. The results of his work are published and presented in books, journals and conferences, such as eCAADe 2013 in Delft, Algorithms and Actualization at AA London, eCAADe 2014 in New Castle, ACADIA in Los Angeles, eCAADe 2015 in Vienna, ACADIA in Cincinnati, Rob|Arch 2016 in Sydney, Rob|Arch 2018 in ETH Zurich, KNAW Amsterdam, Digital Knowledge in Paris Malaquais, chapters in Towards a Robotic Architecture book, and in Mutations-creations, Imprimer-le-Monde, Centre Pompidou. His Architectural Design projects have received several awards and nominations such as First prize in Architizer A+ Awards 2020 and Second prize in 2A Continental Euro Asia Award 2018 in IAAC Barcelona for Softstone office Building. His architectural prototypes and works have been featured at international exhibitions, such as construction week in Utrecht, V2 gallery-institute for unstable media of Rotterdam, synthetic Exhibition in Le Mans Lillie, NAi in Rotterdam, and Print the World Exposition in Centre Pompidou Paris. Read more on ABOUT


In multiple scales ranging from products to architectural spaces and buildings in urban setups, works by Sina Mostafavi explore and examine the challenging correlations between innovation in design methods and production technologies with societal and geocultural aspects of architecture, the built environments and human artifacts. See More on:


Research projects conducted and realized by Sina Mostafavi include an extensive repertoire in emerging interdisciplinary fields of studies in design and architecture. He regularly publishes and presents the results of his work in conferences, journals, and books.  Both in his practice and academia, research through design is central to his approach. See more on:


Architecture is a setup. Hence it is a system, it is a situation, it is a trick, it is a structure, and it is an organization. Design and research projects by Sina Mostafavi incorporate digital and virtual means of organizing the space and redefine the roles of local and global intelligent methods of making, creating, producing and setting up architecture. See more on:

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