The Materials, Processes, and Systems (MaPS) Group, lead by Professor Martin Bechthold, is a research unit that promotes the understanding, development and deployment of innovative technologies for buildings. The group evolved from the previously established Design Robotics Group, and is located in a research cluster at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. MaPS looks at materiality as starting points for design research, with a special interest in robotic and computer-numerically controlled (CNC) fabrication processes as well as small scale work on nano-materials. Much of our current work studies ceramic material systems and design robotics. MaPS also runs the Adaptive Living Environments (ALivE) project jointly with Harvards REAL group. ALivE develops novel applications for nano-scale material systems developed jointly with scientists from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

The MaP+S Group works on funded research and other projects, and supports thesis research on the masters and the doctoral level. We work with industry partners and associations, students, faculty and staff of the GSD, as well as with other academic groups at Harvard University and beyond.



With approximately 140 members, ASCER (the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association) includes and represents practically all (97%) of Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers.

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard uses Nature’s design principles to develop bioinspired materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world.


Cevisama is the annual International Fair for Architectural Ceramics, Bathroom and Kitchen Equipment, Natural Stone, Raw Materials, Frits, Glazes and Ceramic Colorants and Machinery.

Autodesk, Inc. is an American multinational software corporation that makes software for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment industries.



THESIZE Sintered Ceramics SL

Ortweinschule Graz

Tondach Gleinstaetten


Professors Stefan Peters and Andreas Trummer of the Institute for Structural Design ITE at the TU Graz conduct research in structural systems and design robotics. MaP+S and ITE collaborate through joint workshops, exchanges of researchers, as well
as joint research projects.

Institut fuer Konstruktiven Betonbau, TU Graz, Prof. Bernhard Freytag

Rensselaer Polytchnic Institute, Architectural Acoustics Group, Prof. Ning Xiang

Instituto de Tecnologia Ceramica, Castellon, Spain

Italcementi is an Italian-based multinational company founded in 1864, which produces cement, ready-mix concrete and construction aggregates. It is the 5th largest cement producer in the world.