Philippe Block

Philippe Block is an architectural engineer with multi-disciplinary research interests including graphical design and analysis techniques, computational form finding and optimization, structural and architectural geometry, digital fabrication and appropriate construction. Trained in architecture and structural engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium  and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA, his research and teaching is very much at the interface of architecture and structural engineering. Since 2009, Philippe Block is heading the BLOCK Research Group at ETH Zurich. He is Associate Professor of Architecture and Structures at the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) in the Department of Architecture. In June 2014, Philippe Block joined the NCCR Digital Fabrication as Principal Investigator. Since summer 2017, Philippe Block is the NCCR Digital Fabrication’s director.

Role in the NCCR Digital Fabrication: NCCR Director, Principal Investigator, Member of the Steering Committee

Projects: Robotic Construction with Found Materials, Discrete Structural Assemblies, Coordinated Control for Flexible Structures and Formwork

Affiliation: BLOCK Research Group, ETH Zurich

Email: Prof. Dr. Philippe Block

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