Architecture in the Making
Architecture as a Making Discipline
and Material Practice

Lecture Series: Design & Research

When: Fall/Winter 2013-2014
What: Lecture Series
Where: KTH School of Architecture

KTH School of Architecture - Architectural Technology Lectures Series Fall 2013: Design & Research

What is research in the realm of architectural design?

Novel technologies, materials and fabrication methods constantly enter the field of architecture. However, these innovations can only contribute to the discipline if they are integrated into a coherent process from design to production. In recent years many architects conducted extensive research and significantly contributed to technological innovations. The development of parametric design and simulation tools through a global open source community or a novel interpretation of the use of industrial robots exemplifies the power of design thinking. This lecture series features PhD students and researchers from practice and international leading research groups. They will present and discuss their view on research within the field of design and talk about projects, research tools and methodologies.

The lecture series is organised by Oliver Tessmann, Assistant Professor at the KTH School of Architecture. The event is funded by the FORMAS through the Strong Research Environment Architecture in the Making.

Brady Peters (University of Toronto): Smart Geometry - Design Research in Practice and Academia

Oct. 15, 17:00, KTH School of Architecture, Room A3

Brady Peters is an architect and designer and was recently appointed as assistant professor at the university of Toronto. Brady acquired a PhD at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture. Prior to moving to Copenhagen, he was an Associate Partner at Foster + Partners and a key member of the Specialist Modelling Group, the office's internal research and development consultancy. He is a specialist in digital design: parametric modelling and computational techniques, performance-driven design, and the communication and construction of complex geometry. Brady has taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Ghent, the University of Nottingham, and has been a tutor at all Smartgeometry conferences from 2005-2012. His research has been widely published as book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers. Brady is the co-editor of the issue of 'Architectural Design' (AD) journal and the co-editor of 'Inside Smartgeometry', a new book which reflects on the first 10 years of the Smartgeometry organization and conferences.

Karola Dierichs (Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart): Informed Matter - Aggregate Structures

Nov. 05, 17:00h, KTH School of Architecture, Room A3

Karola Dierichs is an architect and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) with Professor Achim Menges, University of Stuttgart. She has been educated at the Technical University of Braunschweig, the ETH Zurich and the Architectural Association (AA) in London and has graduated from the Emergent Technologies and Design Program with Distinction in 2009. While being at the AA she has been teaching various workshops and seminars and has been invited as a visiting critic at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. Among others her work has been exhibited at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) in 2005, where she received the shared IABR Student Award. At the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) Karola Dierichs is investigating the architectural potential of granular materials in their unbound form.

Anne-Mette Manelius (Danish Technological Institute, Copenhagen): Fabric formwork - Investigations into Formwork Tectonics and Stereogeneity in Architectural Constructions

Nov. 12, 17:00h, KTH School of Architecture, Room A3

Anne-Mette Manelius lives in Copenhagen and was trained as an architect at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture followed by a position as research assistant at the Center of Industrialized Architecture where she caught the concrete fever. In 2012 Anne-Mette defended her Industrial PhD about the architectural perspectives for the use of fabric formwork for concrete, that is using textiles as the mold for concrete castings. The research was done as research through design, student workshops, and prototyping. Anne-Mette now works as a senior consultant at the Danish Technological Institute where she bridges the specialist materials centers of brick, wood and biomaterials, textiles, and concrete.

Martin Tamke ( CITA, Copenhagen): Convergence - Material and Digital Systems in Architectural Research

Nov. 19, 17:00h, KTH School of Architecture, Room A3

Martin Tamke is Associate Professor at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen he is pursuing a design led research on the interface and implications of computational design and its materialization.

Being interested in the making as well as the reflection on new strategies in architectural design he worked at the Institute of Theory and Design in Architecture (ige) at TU Braunschweig in 2003. Based on a deep understanding of architectural design and computational techniques he developed his practice between the speculative and the realization of architecture. He practices in collaborative projects in different scales: from exhibition pieces to architectural projects.

Martin Tamke joined CITA in 2006 and shaped its design based research practice. Projects on new design and fabrication tools for wood production, curved creased surfaces or fractal systems led to a series of digitally fabricated speculative probes, prototypes and 1:1 demonstrators and recently the research driven digitally design and production of the exhibition “It’s a small world” in the Danish Design Centre.He has taught workshops at Vienna, Berlin, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Hamburg, Istanbul, Moscow, Copenhagen and Aarhus.

Matthias Rippmann (Block Research Group, ETH Zurich, ROK, Rippmann Oesterle Knauss): Form Finding to Fabrication Geometric Approaches to Elegant and Efficient Architectural Design

Nov. 26, 17:00h, KTH School of Architecture, Room A3

Matthias Rippmann studied Architecture at the University of Melbourne and the University of Stuttgart from where he graduated in 2007. After his graduation he worked for LAVA and Werner Sobek Engineers as an architect and programmer on projects such as Stuttgart 21 (Ingenhoven Architects) and the Heydar Aliyev Center (Zaha Hadid Architects). After teaching several studios and co-leading a BMWi research project at the Institute for Lightweight Structures he joined the Block Research Group, ETH Zürich, in 2010. His PhD research is focused on structural form finding for funicular structures linked to construction-aware design strategies. He lectured in offices (Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron), at universities (TU Delft, ABK Stuttgart, UDK Berlin) and conferences (IASS, DMS, SMG) worldwide. Matthias Rippmann is a founding partner of ROK, Rippmann Oesterle Knauss, a design and consulting firm established in 2010.

Mirco Becker (Staedelschule Architecture Class Frankfurt, informance, Berlin): Hands on Research

Dec. 03, 17:00h, KTH School of Architecture, Room A3

Mirco Becker is Guest Professor for Architecture and Performative Design at the Städelschule Architecture Class, Frankfurt. He holds an M.Arch degree from the AA. In 2012 he founded informance, a Berlin based design-integration consultancy for the building industry. A particular interest in computational geometry in architecture has been pursued before with Zaha Hadid Architects, Forster & Partners SMG and KPF’s Computational Geometry Group which he lead for 5 years as a Senior Associate Principal.

Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe (KTH School of Architecture, Norell/Rodhe): Erratic – From Simulation to perception

Feb. 11. 2014, 17:00h, KTH School of Architecture, Room A3

Norell/Rodhe is a Stockholm based architecture studio founded in 2012 by Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe. Their work ranges from speculative academic research and installations to buildings and landscapes. They recently completed their first solo exhibition “Erratic” at ADD, the Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory in Helsinki. Previously, they have presented their research in conferences at MIT in Boston and the CCA in San Francisco.

Daniel Norell studied architecture at UCLA in Los Angeles (MArch 2006) and at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He has previously worked for Greg Lynn and Zaha Hadid. He is an assistant professor in architecture at Chalmers University in Gothenburg and a research fellow in architectural technology at the KTH.

Einar Rodhe studied architecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (MArch 2009) and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He has previously worked for Anders Wilhelmson and Ghilardi+Hellsten. He is a lecturer in architecture at the KTH in Stockholm.

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