Carnegie Mellon University

Joshua Bard

Joshua Bard

Assistant Professor, Architecture

  • MMCH 310B
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Area of Expertise

Computational Methods, Sustainable Architecture


Joshua Bard is an architectural educator conducting applied research at the intersection of construction culture and robotic technology. Joshua’s teaching and research interrogate traditional binaries in design culture (industry/craft, machine/hand, virtual/physical space, digital/analogue production), discovering new potential for contemporary digital tools in the jettisoned logics of hand and material craft. Joshua creates augmented construction and design systems combining the best of human skill, algorithmic translation, and robotic automation. Joshua collaborates with roboticists and computer scientists conducting basic research in human machine interaction and reality computing. He also works with historians, material scientists, and tradespeople immersed in theoretical and tacit knowledge of building construction. The focus of these collaborations is to explore human-machine collaboration in the high-skill domain of the building trades. Joshua teaches undergraduate and graduate architecture studios and instructs seminars in robotic fabrication and computational design.


Research focus on architectural robotics, which explores how emerging automation technologies can change the ways we design and construct the built environment. In particular I focus on human robot collaboration in the high-skill domain of the building trades and also the intersection of advanced manufacturing and high-performance buildings.