Wes McGee

Partner, Matter Design
Associate Professor & Director of the FABLab, University of Michigan
wes@matterdesignstudio.com

projects:
Megaphones
Cyclopean Cannibalism
Microtherme
Spruce Sauna
Helix
Round Room
Periscope
La Voûte de LeFevre
Pongo
Villa Malleable
Drawn Dress
Balance Bending
Ply Shelf

Wes McGee explores the integration of advanced manufacturing technologies with design driven workflows. He is known for innovating in the space of design and fabrication across a range of material processes, particularly in the application of industrial robotic tools to architectural production. Wes is Co-founder and Partner of Matter Design. He is currently an associate professor and the director of the Fabrication and Robotics Lab at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Industrial Design, both from Georgia Tech. He has taught workshops and master classes across the US, Europe, the Middle East and in Australia. McGee has been recognized with awards such as the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers, the Design Biennial Boston Award, and the ACADIA Award for Innovative Research, as well as multiple Architect Magazine R+D awards. His work has been published widely in books, periodicals, conferences, and peer-reviewed journals and he has collaborated with an extensive range of architects, engineers, and artists. McGee’s research revolves around the interrogation of the means and methods of material production in architecture, focusing on developing new connections between design, engineering, materials, and manufacturing processes as they relate to the built environment. At Matter Design he explores these techniques across a range of scales and materials, with the goal of creating new possibilities for design and architecture.