After the apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker and subsequent years of travel in the USA, New Zealand and Japan, I founded a woodworking shop with the focus on furniture, objects and interior design. In collaboration with designers, artists and architects, I produced a variety of prototypes, small series and custom pieces. I later studied interior design and scenography at the Basel University of Art and Design, where I further developed my creative interests. Today I run a small design studio in Zurich, which focuses on interior architecture,
the design of furniture and objects. studiorotterdam.net.
As a supervisor of the Raplab at ONA, it is my pleasure to share with students my experience and skills at the interface between craftsmanship, material and technology.
Nach dem gestalterischen Vorkurs an der Kunstgewerbeschule, absolvierte ich eine Lehre zum Möbelschreiner. Danach sammelte ich Erfahrungen als Dekorationsgestalter, als Produktionsassistent in New York, als Bühnentechniker und Kulissenbauer beim Opernhaus Zürich, in der Ausbildung zum Innenarchitekten und als Architektur-Modellbauer bei Staufer&Hasler Architekten. Es freut mich sehr diese Erfahrungen nun im RAPLAB der ETHZ mit den Studierenden zu teilen.
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My knowledge and skills in fabrication were acquired through a BA in modelmaking at the Arts University Bournemouth, and further honed through 4 years as a modelmaker at Foster + Partners. Much of my time there was spent building presentation models for competitions and client design reviews, using a broad range of materials. After that, I broadened my skillset further working as a carpenter and CNC machinist for various smaller companies in London.
I joined the team in 2022 and I am delighted to learn and share the many different ways of working, here in the raplab.
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Alessandro Tellini is the Head of the Rapid Architectural Prototyping Laboratory (Raplab), Lecturer for Model and Design at the Departement of Architecture ETH Zurich and runs his own Zurich-based design and craft practice Faber Atelier. Trained as both, graphic and product designer, he started to develop a broad interest in fabrication and construction early on in his career. He was able to apply his practical knowledge in various projects, ranging from architectural model making, product development, the fabrication of large scale architectural prototypes, and as a lecturer in various national and international workshops. As the head of Raplab, he is responsible for 850m2 workshop space and instructs, together with his team, 7-800 students per semester. Teaching craft and design are always at the core of his activities.
+41 44 633 49 93 (appointments upon request)