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Asst. Prof. Dirk E. Hebel

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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.

Patrick Chladek

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Born 1974, Switzerland
Master of Architecture, ETH Zurich, 1999
Location: Zürich

Senior Researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Construction ETH Zürich 2014 – present / Lecturer at ETH Zürich 2005 – 2011 / Research and Teaching Assistant ETH Zürich 1999 – 2012

Patrick Chladek is currently holding the position of a senior researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Construction at ETH Zürich. Prior to that, he has already been involved in teaching and research at ETH Zurich for the past 15 years with the Chair of Hans Kollhoff. His engagement resulted in several book publications and exhibitions on the work of Hans Kollhoff and his chair, latest with the architectural retrospective Praxis und Lehre – 1987 – 2012 in the ETH Zürich main building and the appendant catalogue titled Architekturlehre. Between 2005 and 2012, Patrick Chladek was responsible for the MAS programs “City Building Typology” and “Tectonic Construction Systematics” at ETH Zurich. At the Chair of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel, he researches on the relationship between material, location and space and is responsible for the master thesis program.

Patrick Chladek practices architecture with his firm Patrick Chladek – Architects and works with his team on projects in Switzerland and neighbouring countries. He is one of the founding editors of the ETH  trans- Magazine in 1996, together also with Dirk E. Hebel, among others

Felix Heisel

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Born 1984, Germany
Master of Architecture, UdK Berlin, 2010
Location: Zürich
Contact: heisel@arch.ethz.ch

Researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Construction ETH Zurich/FCL Singapore 2012-present / Lecturer and Coordinator of the 3rd Year Architecture Program at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development 2011-2012 / Academic Assistant at Studio Arets, University of the Arts, Berlin 2010-2011 / Master Class Teaching Assistant at Berlage Institute Rotterdam 2010

Felix Heisel is currently working as a researcher at the Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland and the Future Cities Laboratory Singapore. Preceding this position, he was the coordinator for the 3rd year architecture program at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For his involvement as a lecturer there, he received the ‘Best Teaching’ award in 2011. Felix recently published Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction (2014, Birkhäuser), and contributed articles to magazines and books such as S.L.U.M.Lab: Made in Africa (2014, UTT), The Economy of Sustainable Construction (2013, Ruby Press) or Building Ethiopia: Sustainability and Innovation in Architecture and Design (2012, EiABC). His interest in Ethiopia’s urban growth resulted in the making of the movie series _Spaces, a collection of six documentaries on space appropriation in Addis Ababa, started together with Bisrat Kifle in 2011.

Felix Heisel has won several awards and grants within the last years, such as a Ministry of Education (MOE) Innovation Grant (2014), an ZUMTOBEL GROUP Award (2014),  a Swiss KTI project fund (2014), the SMART Innovation Grant Singapore (2013) or the Bauhaus.SOLAR Award (2012). He also contributed to several architectural competition entries, such as the 1st prize Sulzer Werk 1 Winterthur, Switzerland (2009) with Gigon/Guyer Architects; the 1st prize Bole Road Hotel Competition Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2009) with Zegeye Cherenet Architects & Associates and the 3rd prize Städel Museum Frankfurt, Germany (2008) with Gigon/Guyer Architects. Currently, Felix Heisel is practicing architecture in Switzerland and Ethiopia together with Marta H. Wisniewska.

Marta H. Wisniewska

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Born 1985, Poland
Master of Architecture, ZUT Szczecin, 2011
Location: Zürich

Researcher and teaching assistant at the Chair of Architecture and Construction ETH Zürich/FCL Singapore 2012-present / Lecturer and Architectural Program Coordinator at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development 2011-2012 / Consultancy Project Coordinator at Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development EiABC 2011-2012

Marta H.Wisniewska is currently working as a researcher and a teaching assistant at the Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zürich and the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. The output of her engagement at FCL include organization of a ‘Constructing Waste’ seminar (2012, Singapore) for doctoral students and curating or working on several exhibitions, such as ‘Constructing Waste’ (2012, Singapore), ‘FCL Midterm’ (2013, Singapore) and ‘Future Cities Laboratory Exhibition’ (2014, Zurich). Prior to her engagement at ETH Zurich, she was working as a lecturer and 1st year architectural program coordinator at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development in Addis Ababa. In 2011, EiABC Student Council recognized her commitment with a ‘Best Teaching’ award. Together with Felix Heisel she is practicing architecture in Ethiopia with the design for MULU, a sustainable container village in Addis Ababa, constructed out of 120 oversees shipping containers compiling 29 housing and industrial manufacturing units.

In 2014 Marta H. Wisniewska has published ‘Building from waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction’ (2014, Birkhäuser, together with Dirk E. Hebel and Felix Heisel), based on her Waste Research. Apart from that she has contributed texts to such entities as ‘ETH Intranet’ (2014), ‘Architektura i Biznes’ (2012, 2013), ‘Construction Ahead’ (2012), ‘Building Ethiopia: Sustainability and Innovation in Architecture and Design’ (2012, EiABC)

Philipp Müller

Born 1982, Germany
M.Sc. Civil Engineering, TU Berlin, 2014
Location: Singapore

Researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Construction ETH Zurich/FCL Singapore since 2016 / Structural Engineer at the Engineering and Architecture company Ziegert|Roswag|Seiler Architekten und Ingenieure – ZRS-Berlin 2013 – 2016

Philipp Müller is currently working as a researcher in the Chair of Architecture and Construction at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. Prior to his studies he made an apprenticeship as a carpenter and worked four years as a carpenter for Hornberger Holzbau GmbH. Philipp Müller received his Bachelor Degree from Technische Universität Berlin TUB. Following his graduation, he worked as a consultant engineer in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal. In 2011 he started the Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Technische Universität Berlin. During his studies he did the structural design and construction management of earth block buildings for the Mexico Design Build Studio in Oaxaca, Mexico. Having received a TUB scholarship, Philipp Müller pursued his studies at École Polytechnique Montréal in Montréal, Canada. In 2014 he completed his Master studies at TUB with his Master thesis at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing BAM in Berlin, Germany. The thesis focused on reliability analysis of load-bearing earth block masonry. Since 2012 he worked as a free-lancer for Ziegert|Roswag|Seiler Architekten und Ingenieure – ZRS-Berlin, since 2014 as full time employee. During this period he was mainly working on structural design of concrete and timber constructions both nationally and internationally. In 2015 he was a member of a ZRS team assessing earthquake damages for the German Development Cooperation GDC in Kathmandu, Nepal after the Magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 24th.

Philipp Müller was awarded with the Dr.-Ing Ernst Trapp Preis, honouring outstanding Master theses and study performances. He focuses on applications and structural reliability of alternative construction materials. His research deals with mechanical and physical properties of bamboo composite and mycelium composite materials. Within his research he is setting up test procedures and production regulations.

Philippe Jorisch

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Born 1985, Zurich
Master of Science in Architecture, ETH Zurich, 2011
Location: Zurich

Teaching Assistant at the Chair of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel ETH Zurich 2015 – present

Philippe Jorisch is currently working as a teaching assistant at the chair of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel at the ETH Zurich. He practices architecture with the firm JOM Architects, which he co-founded together with Stefan Oeschger and Michael Metzger in 2013.

During studies he worked as an intern at Boesch and EM2N Architects and participated in exchange programs at the TU Delft in the Netherlands and the FAU São Paulo in Brazil. His academic experience involve teaching as a student assistant at the chair Prof. Marc Angélil in 2009, writing as an editor of trans magazine in 2011. Together with Forrest Meggers and Dario Pfammatter he was awarded the first prize for the Project „Boba Flat“ at the Student Poster Competition of the Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in Mexico City in 2010. For his diploma thesis about Zurich-West he received a travel grant to Brazil from the Erich Degen Stiftung in 2012. A year later he contributed to the tenth architecture biennale in São Paulo with the project SP2014.NET. He is fluent in German, English, French, Dutch and Portuguese.

Alireza Javadian

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Born 1985, Iran
Master of Civil Engineering, NTU Singapore, 2010
Master of  Civil Engineering, NUS Singapore, 2011
Master of Business Administration, ARU Oxford, UK, 2012
Location: Singapore

PhD student in the Chair of Architecture and Construction ETH Zurich/FCL Singapore 2012-present / Civil Engineer at ‘Beca Carter Hollings and Ferner’ Singapore, 2010-2012 / Researcher at NUS Singapore 2009-2010 / A*STAR Singapore scholarship recipient at NTU Singapore, 2007-2009

Alireza Javadian is currently working as a PhD student and senior researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Construction at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, a collaboration of the ETH Zurich and the National Research Foundation Singapore. He received his Bachelor Degree from University of Tehran, Iran. Following his graduation, he worked for the Iranian Cement and Material Institute in Theran. In 2007 he was the recipient of a Singapore A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) scholarship to pursue his Master in Engineering at Nanyang Technological University NTU and conduct research on ‘Effective High Temperature and Structural Reinforced Concrete Applications’. After completing his Master studies at NTU, he joined the National University of Singapore NUS as a research assistant and started to conduct studies in the Master Program of Science in Civil Engineering. Following the successful completion, he joined ‘Beca Carter Hollings and Ferner Engineers’. Prior to his work at ETH/FCL Future Cities Laboratory, he has received a Master of Business Administration from ARU Oxford, UK in marketing. He is a member of ACI (the American Concrete Institute) and ICI (the Iranian Concrete Institute). His PhD research focuses on alternative composite fiber materials as reinforcement systems in concrete applications. Lately, he won the SMART Innovation Grant Singapore, the SAWIRIS SCHOLORSHIP Grant of ETH Zürich, a Swiss KTI project fund, and an ZUMTOBEL GROUP Award together with the bamboo research team in Singapore and Zürich.

Sophie Nash

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Born 1989, Hobart, Australia
Master of Architecture, RMIT University, 2012
Location: Zürich

Research Assistant at the Chair of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel ETH Zurich 2016 – present

Sophie Nash is currently working as a researcher at the chair of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel at ETH Zurich, with the primary role of editing and assembling the Addis 5000 book for publication. Prior to that she has worked as an architect for Sam Jacob Studio in London and McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne. During her studies she participated in exchange at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, was recipient of the John Storey Jnr Memorial Scholarship and a finalist in the AIA Graduate Prize.

Dustin Fleck

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Born 1993, Germany
Student in Climate Engineering, HFT Stuttgart
Location: Zurich

Research Assistantship at the Chair of Architecture and Construction ETH Zurich since 2016
Student in Climate Engineering at the University of Applied Science Stuttgart since 2014

Dustin Fleck is currently working as a research assistant in the Chair of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is undertaking his practical semester as part of his Bachelor in Climate Engineering, which he started in 2014 at University of Applied Science, Stuttgart. In his studies he deals with the technical areas of building physics and energy supply technology as well as architectural design and construction and their interactions as part of functional building. During his studies he has specialized in materials and their energetic compatibility with regard to their life cycle.

In addition to his studies he is committed to the issue of sustainable development at his University and is involved in the IARU Global University Climate Forum led by Yale University. He is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Dustin’s research deals with the development and growth methods of mycelium materials in regard to their mechanical and physical properties. Within his research he is establishing test procedures and applies analytic methods to identify the growing properties.

Past Researchers

Dr. Nikita Aigner
Nicholas Ashby
Tiago Rocha Damasceno
Lara Davis
Tobias Eberwein
Dr. Davide Fracasso
Amelie Fibicher
Nigist Goytom
Zara M. Gray
Simon Lee
Aurel von Richthofen
Hans-Christian Rufer
Gian Salis
Karsten Schlesier
Samuel P. Smith
Tobias Wullschleger
Dr. Mateusz Wielopolski
Ruben Bernegger
Robert Berner
Johannes Budde
Raphael Disler
Kristel Romina Guzman Rocabado
Georg Hana
Christine Wöhner