Kam-Ming Mark Tam is a PhD candidate at the Block Research Group at ETH Zürich. Motivated to integrate design computation, structural design and digital fabrication in architecture, Mark has developed methods for simplifying the modelling and analyses of complex structural systems, custom robotic-enabled additive manufacturing (AM) techniques and fabrication-aware structural optimisation methods for fabricating full-scale AM-produced parts, and performance-based computational strategies for creative design generation and exploration. Notable research investigating these topics includes Equivalent Material Modelling, 3-D Sampling Texture-based Design Computation, Structural Lattice Additive Manufacturing and Stress Line Additive Manufacturing—the latter of which was Mark's Master of Engineering thesis developed with Professor Caitlin Mueller’s superivsion and the recipient of the Tsuboi prize at the 2015 International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) conference. Mark's work has appeared in the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Journal, the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, and Journal of the IASS, and in conferences organised by the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), Association for Robots in Architecture (Rob|ARCH), and Design Computing and Cognition (DCC).
Prior to his doctoral studies, Mark earned a Master of Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Master of Architecture with Structural Engineering Certification and a Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies with Economics Minors from the University of Waterloo. He has worked as junior architect in Cannon Design in 2009 and in Coop Himmelb(l)au in 2011, as full-time engineering design lecturer at the Singapore University of Technology and Design between 2015-2016, as computational structural researcher at MIT’s Digital Structures Research Group between 2016-2017, as part-time digital fabrication lecturer in at the Pratt Institute in 2017, and as Integration Engineer in Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE Studio between 2017-2018. In CORE Studio, Tam designed, optimised, and analysed several large-scale AM-produced structures and sculptures in collaboration with Branch Technology, such as OneC1TY and CurveAppeal in Nashville, Tennessee, and NatureClouds in the Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago, Illinois.