Nathaniel Zuelzke

Nathaniel Zuelzke

New York, NY, US



As part of the EPFL Media x Design Lab, Nathaniel Zuelzke has taught computational techniques for architectural production, investigating a variety of scales and agendas from digitally-fabricated furniture to urban farming strategies in Beijing. Collaborating with the smart environment and interactive architecture firm Convergeo, he has designed and detailed buildings as sustainable interfaces between people and technology. He is particularly interested in the innovation of design practice and the rigorous exploration of built form as facilitated by considered integration of new technologies and methodologies.


Convergeo | Waldvogel & Huang, Lausanne, CH, architectural consultant

Developed an interactive geometric solver for the planar concrete roof structure and produced all bid documents for the 600m2 Maison des Vignes in Luins. Produced construction documents and collaborated with the client and contracting team during construction administration of the Swissnex Consulate addition in Cambridge. Fabricated prototypes of intelligent game pieces for an interactive table. Designed and implemented the Convergeo website.

Jun 2006 - Nov 2012

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, CH, instructor

Designed curricula and co-instructed graduate-level architecture studios focused on computational design, landscape urbanism, and digital production. Led coordination of the teaching team. Wrote project briefs. Provided design critiques. Conducted technical workshops in Rhino, Grasshopper, V-Ray, and Processing. Advised master thesis students. Exhibited student work in Milan, Shanghai, Beijing, Sharjah, and Lausanne.

Sep 2008 - Jun 2012

La Dallman Architects, Milwaukee, WI, US, intern architect

Managed design, client presentations, bid and construction sets, and construction administration for a 2000ft2 residential renovation. Produced drawings, site documentation, physical and digital models, renderings, construction documents, and details in collaboration with the design team. Researched sustainable design strategies for a residential development. Contributed to several competitions. Designed marketing portfolios. Helped prepare RFQs and RFPs. Re-wrote office CAD and graphic standards. Notable projects include the Crossroads Marsupial Bridge Initiative and the Miller Brewing Company Fred Miller Employee Center.

Dec 2002 - Jul 2004

Studio Odile Decq, Paris, FR, intern

Produced conceptual diagrams, drawings, and physical models for the winning competition entry Opac de la Meuse at Bar le Duc. Modeled studies for the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO) extension.

Jun 2002 - Aug 2002


École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, CH, PhD, Architecture & Sciences of the City

Wrote Digital model-making and the encoding of design intent, theorizing the role of feedback in the iterative creation of digital architectural models and its impact on authorial ambitions. Participated in the SUPERSTUDIO research team, investigating and rethinking the design studio as a paradigm for decentralized, interdisciplinary collaboration. Co-wrote and -presented Computation as an ideological practice, comparing computational workflows with conventional ones. Co-presented Design machines: clever, calculating models for architecture in the inaugural edition of the Creative mornings: Geneva lecture series.

Sep 2009 - Dec 2012

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Graduate School of Design

Produced the design thesis Structurescape: a case for adaptable reuse, proposing a reconfigurable structural landscape as an alternative genre of use and reuse for a World’s Fair pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain. Designed the layout and co-edited the studio publication Dance space: choreographing a mobile theatre, documenting collaboration between the GSD and das Institut für Leichtbau Entwerfen und Konstruieren (ILEK). Contributed to the research, design, production, and installation of Beyond the Harvard Box, a retrospective exhibition of work by postwar GSD graduates. Produced measured architectural drawings at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods in Greece.

Sep 2004 - Jan 2008

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, Bachelors, School of Architecture and Urban Planning

Graduated summa cum laude. Distinguished as the SARUP undergraduate with the highest cumulative grade point average. Awarded the Elmer Johnson Memorial Scholarship, presented to an undergraduate architecture student demonstrating exceptional design ability. Received first and second prizes in the UWM Student Design Awards.

Sep 2000 - Dec 2002

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