Asst. Prof. Dirk E. Hebel


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

Professor of Sustainable Construction KIT Karlsruhe 2017-present / Principal Investigator at the Future Cities Laboratory Singapore 2012-present / Assistant Professor of Architecture and Construction ETH Zurich 2012-2017 / 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 E. Hebel is full professor of Sustainable Construction at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Prior to that, he was assistant professor of Architecture and Construction at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. He was also the founding scientific director of the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was as well guest professor at Syracuse University and guest lecturer at Princeton University.

He is the author of numerous book publications, lately Cultivated Building Materials (2017, Birkhäuser, with Felix Heisel), 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 Laboratory 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). His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide, lately the Design Fair Cologne (2017), the Seoul Architecture Biennale (2017), or the Venice Architecture Biennale (2016).

Latest buildings include the UMAR (Urban Mining and Recycling) project in Zürich for EMPA Dübendorf (2017 together with Felix Heisel and the Werner Sobek Group), and a school house complex for 1000 students as well as a manufacturing complex for 500 workers in Cambodia for the NGO Smiling Gecko ( 2017 together with Lisa Devenoge, Lorine Grossenbacher, Franziska Matt, Elizabeth Müller, Alina Wyder, and Marcel Aubert). 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.