We’d all like to address the grand challenges posed by climate change. But few of us will be able to do so on such a scale as Professor Philippe Block. Based at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, he directs the Block Research Group (BRG) together with Dr. Tom Van Mele. The group’s research follows the motto “strength through geometry” to reduce embodied carbon, use fewer resources and minimize waste. This research is put into practice through the design and engineering of novel shell structures, developing novel computational structural design strategies to utilize digital fabrication, and push innovation in construction.
Block is also Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research in Digital Fabrication. He studied architecture and structural engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, where he earned his PhD in 2009. He has won numerous awards, including recently the Rössler Prize for most promising young professor from ETH Zürich (2018) and the Berlin Arts Prize 2018 for Architecture. His work has been exhibited at the Design Triennial in New York City and at two editions of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
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