McNeel Europe, in collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron, organizes a Rhino User Meeting in Basel on the 17th March 2023.


Come join us and learn more about state-of-the-art Digital Design and Fabrication.


Get inspiration from industry experts in different fields: Architecture, BIM, Landscape, Design, Algorithmic Modeling, Rendering and Visualization, Footwear, Orthotics, 3D Printing, Robotic milling, Environmental Analysis and much more!


Get the latest news about Rhino WIP, Rhino.Inside, Rhino Compute, Hops, Grasshopper and food4Rhino apps..


Watch presentations and get hands-on with live software demonstrations from our exhibitor partners.


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Reports: very nice reports from Dominik Zausinger (Rhenso, Adaptative Parts Evironment) here, from Alejandro Fuentes Arias (KCAP) here. From Babette Hohrath ( here.



Carlos Pérez Albà


Carlos Pérez Albà (Barcelona, 19th March 1975) is currently the EMEA Sales, Marketing and Business Development Manager at McNeel.

Studied Economics (Universitat de Barcelona, Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg), Illustration (Massana Art School Barcelona) and Management (IESE Business School Barcelona).

David Rutten

Lead Developer of the Grasshopper plug-in.

Michael Drobnik


Lead Design Technologies

Evy Slabbinck


Evy L.M. Slabbinck is the Managing Director at Design-to-Production Zurich and is as structural engineer and architect working as a consultant in the timber construction unit of the company.

Verena Vogler


Verena Vogler is an architect in research and practice. She is Head of R&D at McNeel Europe to support technological research and development activities in Horizon 2020 projects funded by the European Commission. Verena joined McNeel Europe in 2014 and is responsible for the educational course program with more than 60 realised plugin- and programming courses for Rhino users in the past years. In 2021, she received a doctorate of engineering from the Chair of Computer Science in Architecture at the Bauhaus-University Weimar for her applied research about Artificial Coral Reef Design.

Luis Fraguada

Luis Fraguada is a developer at McNeel, specializing in AEC applications, interoperability, 3d on the web, and 3rd party developer support. Luis joined McNeel Europe in 2015 and is currently developing on several projects, including rhino3dm and Rhino.Compute. Luis also helps to manage the development of Food4Rhino, a platform for 3rd party developers to share their apps and resources with the Rhino community.

Christoph Waibel

ETH Zurich, Chair of Architecture and Building Systems (A/S) – HIVE

Christoph is module coordinator and researcher for the “FCL Global: Powering the City” project of the Future Cities Laboratory Singapore / ETH Zurich, and lead developer of the Hive tool, a Rhino Grasshopper plug-in for early-stage energy-integrated building design. His research focus lies in the development and integration of building simulation and hybrid surrogate models, multi-energy systems optimization models, and black-box optimization algorithms in the architectural and urban design process. Christoph has worked in industry as a programmer and 3D modeler for One to One GmbH (Frankfurt Main), as project engineer and building simulation specialist for ifes / TÜV Rheinland, and in various architectural design firms in Stuttgart.

Moritz Niebler


Moritz Niebler, trained as architect and carpenter, is a consultant at Design-to-Production Zurich developing digital fabrication and planning solutions for complex timber structures with a focus on design for manufacturing and assembly.

Alina Galimshina

ETH Zurich – Bombyx


My name is Alina, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Sustainable Construction at ETH Zurich. I am participating in the development of a grasshopper plugin called Bombyx, which we would like to present in this event.

Detlef Müller

Working since 30 years in 3D. Since 25 years @ adidas with Rhino. Currently leading a team which is responsible for Digital Technologies.

Henning Seide

While still a graduate student of product design at Bauhaus University Weimar, Henning Seide started working on the development of complex geometric design solutions, later focussing on cutting-edge computer-generated product cultures. Since that time designs based on geometry and their transfer to body-fitting products and applications have been playing a major role in Henning Seide’s professional work. Today, after 20 years of teaching experience as an authorized coach for CAD environment Rhinoceros, cooperating with various academic institutions, design and planning offices, as well as automotive and sports industry, Henning is known as one who is up to all the tricks of the trade.

Ethan Kerber is the managing editor of the Journal on Construction Robotics and the CEO of Robots in Architecture Research, the commercial spin off of the Association for Robots in Architecture. He is a computational designer working at the intersection of Architecture, Engineering and Construction. Ethan has a Master’s degree in Industrial Design from the San Francisco State University and a Master of Engineering in Computational Design and Construction from the Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe. He has experience in metalwork and digital fabrication with public sculptures permanently installed in Washington DC and Arlington Virginia. Ethan is currently a researcher at The Chair of Individualized Production where he is developing a doctoral dissertation on the Dynamic Process Models for Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing. The Chair of Individualized Production (IP) founded by Prof. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan in 2015 focusses on the use of innovative machinery in material and building production. In order to create an environment that allows the efficient, individualized production of lot size one, new and user friendly methods for man machine interaction are developed. IP employs researchers from different fields of robotics and building production to streamline the necessary digital workflow from the initial design to the production process; shaping the construction site of the future via intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces.

Tom van Mele


Dr. Tom Van Mele is Senior Scientist and co-director at the Block Research Group (BRG) of the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, where he leads the computational and technical developments, supervises the postdoc team, and advises and supports the PhD candidates on a day-to-day basis. Tom is the lead developer of COMPAS, the open-source computational framework for collaboration and research in architecture, structures and digital fabrication.

Antonello Di Nunzio

Antonello is a freelancer who works as an architect and programmer to develop innovative tools for a more environmentally-conscious architectural design. Antonello joined the development team of a known toolkit for environmental analysis and energy analysis of buildings as a collaborator called Ladybug in 2016. He worked at Accenture as senior programmer analyst where he improved his consulting, programming and business skills, especially in the HCM industry with main experience with Learning processes of companies. He collaborates with the University of Arkansas Rome Center as an occasional teacher of tools for AEC and sustainable architecture. He collaborated with different companies: Sinergi Integrated Building Sciences as environmental simulation specialist for LEED and Spatiomatics as software developer. Currently he works with Ladybug Tools LLC as an application developer to innovate the AEC industry and with ENVI-met GmbH as a freelance programmer.
Angelos is the Head of the City Intelligence Lab at the Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna and Senior Faculty at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. His work focuses on performative design, simulation, AI and data-driven optimization as well as interactive interfaces and AR/VR. He has developed various design systems and is also the co-founder of InFraReD, an AI-driven simulation startup.

Manuel Frey

As the head of Digital Engineering & Simulations at Gruner, Manuel has built a reputation for himself, his team and his company as the “go-to” in innovations in HVAC engineering. He helps decision-makers create operative and sustainable high-performance buildings by utilizing VDC & BIM in conjunction with building performance simulations and his 22 years of experience in the HVAC industry. Manuel continuously drives innovation in AEC not just with his forward-thinking, creative collaboration and precise execution but also with his positive attitude and engaging presentations at events such as Autodesk University (AU) Germany and Las Vegas. Beyond his role at Gruner, Manuel is the President of The International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) Switzerland and serves as a guest docent at various international academic institutions.

Andreas Niggl


Andreas Niggl is structural engineer with an additional background in scientific computing. He is working as Head of Development at SOFiSTiK, a leading European manufacturer of software for analysis, design and detailing in structural engineering.
One focus of his work is to provide software and tools to allow structural engineers to better integrate into general BIM workflows. One of the tasks there is to provide interfaces for Autodesk Revit, interfaces for IFC and for Rhino/Grasshopper.

Edyta Augustynowicz


Edyta is an architect and digital designer with diverse experience in the Swiss construction industry, architecture and academia. After receiving her MAS CAAD from ETH Zurich in 2010, she worked at DT at Herzog and de Meuron, ETH Zurich, ERNE AG Holzbau and FHNW. She is currently Professor of Digital Wood Fabrication at the Department of Architecture at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. Her interests focus on digital design and robotic wood fabrication processes, as well as redefining the role of the architect in digitised construction.

Ursula Frick

Head of Advanced Geometry and Parametric Planning.
Giovanni Betti is an architect, Head of Sustainability at HENN Architects and Guest Professor in Digital Experimental Design at the University of the Art in Berlin. In over 15 years of international practice, Giovanni has been involved in ground-breaking projects across geographies, from imagining a pedestrian friendly city in the harshest of deserts (Masdar City, Abu Dhabi) to designing landmark office buildings worldwide (Apple Park, Cupertino; Bloomberg HQ, London; Zalando HQ, Berlin; Edge HafenCity, Hamburg; Continental HQ, Hannover and many others) to the design of innovative projects like the first carbon fibre reinforced concrete building worldwide (The Cube, Dresden). He has been Assistant Professor in Architectural Design for Building Performance at the University of California, Berkeley and his research has been published in peer reviewed journals and conferences. His work investigating the intersection of architecture, technology and sustainability has been exhibited internationally, among others at Royal Academy of Arts, Seoul Architecture Biennale, and most recently at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale. Until recently, he has served as faculty in the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of CBE Clima, a free, open-source, web app for the design of climate adapted buildings worldwide.

PROGRAM (click here)


Ackermannshof Basel
St. Johanns-Vorstadt 19/21
4056 Basel, Switzerland



SAEKI Robotics

SAEKI Robotics develops “RDM” (Robotic Digital Manufacturing) microfactories for on-demand fabrication of large scale components for the construction industry. SAEKI offers a flexible solution by combining 3D printing, milling, postprocessing and 3D scanning into one microfactory, operated by a robot. SAEKI has seen that computational design enables architects and engineers to come up with highly-efficient and bespoke designs, however, there is no cost-effective and sustainable method on the market to produce those. SAEKI provides a low waste production process through 3D printing and recyclable materials. SAEKI’s mission is to empower design freedom to be efficient and sustainable.

Adaptive Parts Environment

AdaptivePartsEnvironment makes the power of Grasshopper accessible to all Rhino users.
The Tool wraps Grasshopper-Definitions into dynamic objects or small applications with an integrated User Interface so anybody can use those tools without having to access (or know) Grasshopper. That way everyone can create and share their own tools and/or create libraries of “adaptive parts”.
Adaptive Parts Environment is developed by Rhenso (, a spin-off from the 3d design office imagine-computation (, which has been working in the automation of design processes for over 10 years.


ShapeDiver is an online platform that simplifies hosting and sharing Grasshopper files online.
We provide the right features and scalable infrastructure to help designers transform their library of Grasshopper files into powerful and shareable web applications.
Models can be embedded in websites and online shops, viewed in AR, and accessed through various SDKs and APIs.
With ShapeDiver, experts can share the full power of their parametric design files with partners, clients, and other non-technical stakeholders wherever they are while protecting their IP.

Lands Design

Lands design is software for designing gardens, green spaces and landscapes in Rhino. Lands provides tools for producing 2D and 3D technical drawings of any landscaping project, as well as realistic images and virtual tours. Lands has a plant database with more than 1800 species, each one with their own technical specifications and different display modes in 3D and 2D, ready for rendering, exporting plans, and season and growth simulation.

Lands Design also provides 3D terrain modeling tools for creating terrains from contours, elevation curves, point clouds or imported from internet. There are tools for adding cuts, fills, paths, holes or calculating the volume of land movement.

Packhunt is a platform for the computational community to build, share and sell their online tools. Built to make Grasshopper work in the cloud & run complex models fast and in a scalable way. Come visit our stand & join our Early Adopter Program for Free. 


MESH offers robotic rebar solutions to the construction industry. We developed the world’s first technology to combine formwork and reinforcement within a digital planning and fabrication process. Our technology makes it possible to produce complex or curved reinforcement cages through an automated prefabrication process. The 3D steel-mesh structure created this way serves as both formwork and reinforcement and is filled by a specific concrete mix without using conventional formwork.


Chaos is the global leader in developing high-quality real-time visualization tools and photorealistic ray-traced rendering. Our V-Ray and Enscape ecosystem creates an intuitive and powerful workflow for every step of the design process, from early planning stages to finished, physically-based, photorealistic rendering. Our technology is used by some of the world’s top architects, designers, and engineers to create stunning visualizations that help them bring their ideas to life. We’re excited to show you what we’ve been working on at this year’s Rhino Meetup in Basel!
For more information, visit and


PAZ Academy is an AEC center for training, research and consulting, specialized in parametric design and BIM Next Level projects through years of practical experience from Architectural to large scale Engineering projects. All these experiences are condensed in our own Building System Methodology with technology, creativity and innovation. PAZ solves Software & Hardware limitations, brings your teams together and create quality and transparency in your daily projects. PAZ accompanies you on your way into the digital future, offers a strong culture of innovation and ensures your success.

VisualARQ - Flexible BIM for Rhino

VisualARQ is a Flexible BIM solution powered by McNeel’s Rhinoceros 3D. VisualARQ adds architectural features to Rhino to work with powerful associative architectural objects, dynamic documentation tools and collaborate with other tools through the IFC import /export capabilities. VisualARQ integrates intuitively in the Rhino & Grasshopper design workflow with the shortest learning curve, thus generating any kind of free-form architecture.


Software, training, and consulting from a single source. For 3D design, visualisation and animation.We offer you Rhinoceros, popular plugins such as V-Ray or VisualARQ, Twinmotion and much more.
Our training services include courses for architectural visualisation in cooperation with Nightnurse Images AG, Rhino and Grasshopper introductory and advanced courses, as well as a variety of other workshops, for example in Blender or After Effects.
As Visualisierungs-Akademie, we are a Rhino dealer in Switzerland since many years ( and we offer you the software as well as the corresponding courses from a single source. Of course, we are also happy to provide customised individual training for individuals or companies.