Next Generation Highrise Research team, Michael Budig, Ray Cheng, Clement Lork, Loo Jun Wen, Amanda Ng, Zack Xuereb Conti, Oliver Heckmann
Michael Budig

Michael is an enthusiastic designer, educator and technology innovator, who is keen on operating along the intersections between culture, technology and entrepreneurship. He is the CEO and Executive Director of educational technologies start-up Wefaa Robotics Pte Ltd. As an Adjunct Research Fellow, he investigates the interfaces between robotic technologies and architectural spaces, developing and designing solutions for better integration of autonomous robots in building environments. 

Before that, he was an Assistant Professor in Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) at SUTD and director of the REAL Lab for Research in Renewable and Reconfigurable Architecture, which pushed the frontiers of design and construction, driven by digital technologies and the desire to provide innovative solutions for decarbonisation in the built environment. REALLab provides cutting-edge research in renewable materials, digitalisation, robotic fabrication, and circular construction to support decarbonisation in the built environment.

He taught Design to first-year students (Design Thinking and Innovation), Design Studios for undergraduate and graduate students, and building technology in the undergraduate curriculum (Architecture Science and Technology), and he coordinated the PhD programme at ASD between 2019 and 2021.

He was appointed Young Urban Leader at the World Cities Summit and has served as a member of various committees such as the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

He was an affiliate faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a senior researcher at the Singapore–ETH Centre's Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), where he led a Singapore-based research team on robotic fabrication in architecture for Gramazio & Kohler's lab of Architecture and Digital Fabrication (ETHZurich). The research included PhD research, industry collaborations and design studios for master students.  

Before the activities in Singapore, he was involved in teaching and design research with Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the University of Innsbruck. In 2004, Michael obtained his license with the Austrian Board of Architects (EU-wide recognition) and was the principal at Moll Budig Architecture, a multi-disciplinary office on architecture, urbanism and design strategies. Built projects include industrial buildings such as a metal recycling company, soap production facilities in Innsbruck and residential projects.

Research and Social Media Profiles
Publons (Web of Science)

loop (Frontiers)

Anilkumar Ezhilarasu

MIbD Master Student, 09 2020 – 08 2023

Doreen Steven Mlote

PhD Researcher, 01 2022
MIbD Master Student, 09 2019 – 08 2021,

Mok Jun Wei

Senior Research Assistant, 10 2020 – 04 2021,
Currently researcher at SUTD

Amanda Ng Qi Boon

Researcher, 10 2018 – 06 2020, Currently Researcher at SUTD

Clement Lork

Post-Doc Research Fellow, 09 2019 – 09 2020;
Currently Machine Learning Engineer at Sunray Woodcraft Pte Ltd

Ray Cheng

Researcher, 09 2019 – 06 2020,
Currently Researcher atSUTD

Jun Wen Loo

Researcher, 09 2019 – 06 2020, Currently Master student at TU Delft

Zackary Xuereb Conti

Post-Doc, 09 2019 – 03 2020, Currently Research Associate at The Alan Turing Institute, London, UK

Markus Hudert

Post-Doc, 02 – 10 2019, Currently Assistant Professor University of Aarhus

Tee Zhi Tian

Researcher 10 2017 – 03 2019

Oindrila Ghosh

Researcher 03 2017 – 08 2018 (TAE, PI Alstan Jakubiec), Currently PhD Programme at TU Eindhoven

Anna Toh Hui Ping

Anna Toh Hui Ping, Researcher, 11 2016 – 12 2017, Currently Researcher and Adjunct Lecturer at SUTD

Liz McCormick

Researcher (TAE, PI Alstan Jakubiec), Currently Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina

Dishita Turakhia

Researcher, 04 – 08 2015 Currently PhD candidate at MIT

Student Assistants and Undergraduate Researchers

Student Assistant Researchers
Project Design Collaboration Index:
Carey Lai
Gan Jia Jie
Keenan Kuah Min Jun
Akhil Jayadeep
Tay Jia Jiun Joshua
Leong Yun Qin Melody
Pan Zishan

Project Next Generation Highrise:
Rachel Lau (Ruiqi)
Chloe Liang
Grace Sim (I-En)
Benedict Tan (Jee Khang)
Joshua Tan
Dionne Teo (Yu En)
Naung Oo Thet
Shan Quan Thia

Undergraduate Researchers
UROP Augmented Reality (AR), 05 - 09 2020; online publishing tools for AR models:
Goh Shi Xiong
Jyotit Kaushal
Akhil   Jayadeep

UROP Sustainable Buildings And Cities Exploring Data Driven Prediction   Of Embodied Carbon In Buildings, 05 - 09 2020:
Liew Soon Hao

UROP Mapletree Design 2, 01 - 09 2020; installation design with reclaimed wood planks:
Phoebe Kong Li Hui,
Wong Shu Miin Naomi
Koh Jie Ying, Ngiam Ju Jin Lucas
Thet Naung Oo
Kwang   Kai Jie
Tseng Yun Ching
Jeff Neo Yu Xuan
Syed Faizaanullah s/o Syed Kaleemullah
Sim I-En,
Lim Hai Heng Lester

UROP, 01 – 08 2018, with Lai Chee Kien;   documentation of Pulau Ubin House 63C, presentation of project to Minister Desmond Lee:
Michelle Gouw
Lim Kian Chong
Ho Zhi Yuan
Zhu Wentao
Soo Kai Leng (Laurenne)
Hendriko Teguh
Althea Chan
Quek Wen Jia Marcus
Lim Cheng Sin Ariel
Grace Wong Xin Jing
Low Si Hong
Nurul Asyiqin Binte Mohd Zahrin
Keith Lim Jun Hong
Chong Yin Yi Christy
Mauricio Mari Jaelle Salas
Alyssa Ng Sze Ern
Sruti Niranjan
Lee Xuan Ying Diane
Kwan Wai Hin,
Yee Wang Sui
Looi Siao Si
Nicholas Lim JunYuan
Loh Zhi Xuan

Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia - ASD Exhibition, 09 2018
Pham Trung Viet
Chong Chin Hong
Andre Ang
Kwa Mei Jun
Loo Jun Wen
Pang Yun Jie
Tay Jing Zhi
Ivan Daniel Deviano

UROP, 05 – 11 2017
Daniel Yong Kaijie
Melissa Lee Wen Hui
Lee Li Xiu Jean
Seah Jia Neng
Kerien Kua

UROP, 01 – 05 2017
Low Jun Yuan Jon
Hendriko Teguh Sangkanparan

UROP, 05 – 12 2016
Ryan Teo, Jayne Lim
Wang  Yidu
Wu Jingyi, Lisa Koswara
Iris Lim Wan Rong
Peng Yumu

UROP, 01 – 05 2015
Zou Yujun
Kam Siu Han Lawrence
Ng Zuda
Chia Hui MinLouise
Brian Lee

Former Collaborators Architecture Practice

Martina Moll (partner at Moll Budig Architektur 2004-10)
Christoph Eppacher
Paul  Mandler
Thomas Feuerstein
Christoph Planer
Ekkehard Rainalter
Daniel Brecher
Christian Precht
Ursula Ender
Patricia Bachmayer

Project Collaborations with:
Wolfgang Hainz
Marco Micheli  (Comfort Architecten)