Professor Ronald Rael is an architect, design activist, author, and thought leader within the topics of earthen architecture, additive manufactoring and borderwall studies. Recent projects include pinks seesaws installed on the US-Mexico border wall, so that children from both sides could play together. More broadly, his research interests connect indigenous and traditional material practices to contemporary technologies.
He co-founded Emerging Objects, an independent creatively driven 3D Printing MAKEtank specialising in innovations in 3D printing architecture, building components, environments and products. A monograph of the work of Emerging Objects entitled Printing Architecture: Innovative Recepies for 3D Printing was published in 2018 by Princeton Architectural Press.
Professor Rael holds the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture and a joint appointment in the Department of Architecture, in the College of Environmental Design, and the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley. He is both a Bakar and Hellman Fellow, Director of the Masters of Architecture program, and founded the printFARM Laboratory (print Facility for Architecture, Research and Materials).