Quarra Stone / Matter Design Research Fellowship

The mission of the Quarra Stone / Matter Design partnership is to advance digital agendas in the material stone. This Industry/Academy partnership operates through an annual fellowship where researchers will engage and prototype in response to a series of established areas of potential advancement with regard to the processing of stone employing digital and computational models. The intention of this research is to build processes that improve accuracy and reduce the gap between drawing and making. Quarra Stone has vast resources dedicated to complex carving of stone, and Matter Design has an interest in engaging this resource and shoring it with computational intelligence. Both parties share an interest in this symbiotic relationship and the fellows will serve to implement, document, and aid in the production, documentation, and publication of these contributions.

Interview with Jim Durham, President of Quarra Stone, on Archinect


2015 University of Michigan Quarra/Matter fellow in collaboration with MIT fellow, Luisel Zayas. Advised by U of M FABLab Director Wes McGee and Brandon Clifford of MIT. Special thanks to Jim Durham, President of Quarra Stone in Madison, WI for hosting this research.