Philippe Block

Philippe Block is Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) at ETH Zurich, where he directs the Block Research Group (BRG) together with Tom Van Mele. The BRG focuses on equilibrium analysis, computational form finding, optimisation and fabrication of curved surface structures, specialising in unreinforced masonry vaults and thin concrete shells. Within the NCCR Digital Fabricaton, the BRG develops innovative structural design strategies using bespoke prefabrication, pushing construction innovation. Philippe Block studied architecture and structural engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, where he earned his PhD in 2009. With the BRG and as partner of Ochsendorf DeJong & Block (ODB Engineering), he applies his research into practice on the structural assessment of historic monuments and the design and engineering of novel shell structures. In June 2014, Philippe Block joined the NCCR Digital Fabrication as a principal investigator. Since summer 2017, Philippe Block has been the NCCR Digital Fabrication’s Director.

Role in the NCCR Digital Fabrication: Director, Lead Principal Investigator,Principal Investigator

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

Team members

Postdoctoral researchers: Andrew Liew, Tom Van Mele

PhD students: Gene Kao, Mariana Popescu, Francesco Ranaudo

Alumni: Shajay Bhooshan, Andrew Liew, Matthias Rippmann

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