Asst. Prof. Dirk E. Hebel


Born 1971, Germany
Master of Architecture, ETH Zurich, 1998
Master of Architecture, Princeton University, 2000
Location: Zürich

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Construction ETH Zurich/FCL Singapore 2012-present / Scientific Director of the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development EiABC 2009-2012 / Guest Lecturer Princeton University, USA, 2008 / Guest Professor Syracuse University, USA, 2008 / Visiting Lecturer, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2005 and 2006

Dirk Hebel is currently holding the position of Assistant Professor of Architecture and Construction at ETH Zürich and the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, a research project of ETH Zürich with the National Research Foundation Singapore. Prior to that, he was the founding Scientific Director of the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Between 2002 and 2009 he taught in the chair of Marc Angélil at the Department of Architecture, ETHZ as the coordinator for first year architectural design program and the director of the’ Master of Advanced Studies’ program in Urban Design. He was as well Guest Professor at Syracuse University and Guest Lecturer at Princeton University. His research concentrates on a metabolic understanding of resources and investigates alternative building materials and construction techniques and their applications in developed as well as developing territories. He is the author of numerous book publications, lately SUDU – THE SUSTAINABLE URBAN DWELLING UNIT (2015, Ruby Press, with Melakeselam Moges and Zara Gray), BUILDING FROM WASTE: RECOVERED MATERIALS IN ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION (2014, Birkhäuser, with Marta H. Wisniewska and Felix Heisel), and CITIES OF CHANGE: ADDIS ABABA (2009, Birkhäuser, with Marc Angélil). In 2008, he published the book DEVIATIONS (2008, Birkhäuser, with Marc Angélil), an experiment in architectural design pedagogy and in 2005 BATHROOM UNPLUGGED (2005, Birkhäuser, with Jörg Stollmann). Together with Stephen Cairns, he is the founding editor of the FUTURE CITIES MAGAZINE, published in Singapore.

Dirk Hebel practices architecture by activating unusual building materials such as air (DISCOVERIES, an exhibition for the Foundation Lindau Nobel Prize Winners and  ON_AIR, and installation for KunstWerke Berlin), water (as the project manager for the BLUR Building for EXPO.02 in Switzerland), bamboo (in his research on new bamboo composite materials for the building sector), or waste (as in the New York ETH Pavillion for IDEAS CITIES 2015 and the award-winning project UNITED_BOTTLE). Dirk Hebel was one of the founding partners of INSTANT Architects (2002-2008). He received the New York Van Alen Institute Fellowship Award, the Red Dot Design Award for Best Conceptual Design, the SMART Innovation Grant Singapore, an ZUMTOBEL GROUP Award, and the LANXESS Award Singapore.