I am a father to my son Tio, a husband to my wife Fei and an architect at Studio Precht
in the mountains of Austria.
We are a young office and we take pride to be part of a new generation of architects, that speaks up with a fresh voice. We believe this voice is important for all the challenges of our time. Older generations had their chance. It’s now on us – young creatives worldwide – to change course and create the future we want to live in.
We are still in an exciting stage in our architectural life. We discover, we experiment, we learn and we get better. As young architects, we have the necessary naivety to work on projects that we are truly passionate about. Its not about what is profitable, but what is possible. We are a diverse team from all over the globe and we love to inspire each other. A cross-cultural approach and the desire to learn are driving our design process.
is a generative design studio based in the Catskills that works at the intersection of science, art, and technology. Designers Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis Rosenberg employ computer simulation to generate designs and digital fabrication to realize products. Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, they write computer programs based on processes and patterns found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry, and housewares. Founded in 2007, Nervous System has pioneered the application of new technologies including 3D printing, webGL, and generative systems.
Nervous System releases online design applications that enable customers to co-create products in an effort to make design more accessible.These tools allow for endless design variation and customization. Jessica graduated from MIT in 2005 and holds degrees in architecture and biology. Afterwards, she studied architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and taught design at MIT. Jesse studied math at MIT and previously worked at Gehry Technologies in building modeling and design automation. Nervous System's work has appeared on the cover of Science Magazine and is a part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper–Hewitt, Centre Pompidou and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Block Research Group
ITA ETH Zürich
Philippe Block is Full Professor of Architecture and Structures at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, where he directs the Block Research Group (BRG)
together with Dr. Tom Van Mele. Philippe is also Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research NCCR Digital Fabrication
. Philippe studied architecture and structural engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, where he earned his PhD in 2009. He has won numerous awards, including the Rössler Prize for most promising young professor from ETH Zürich (2018) and the Berlin Arts Prize 2018 for ‘Baukunst' (Architecture).
With the BRG, he applies research into practice on the design and engineering of novel shell structures, developing computational structural design strategies to utilize digital fabrication and push construction innovation.
To address the grand challenges posed by climate change, the BRG’s research follows the motto “strength through geometry” to reduce embodied carbon, use fewer resources and minimize waste.
RUR Architecture DPC
Princeton University - SCI-Arc
RUR Architecture DPC
, is a multidisciplinary design firm operating at a wide range of scales: from furniture design to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of the landscape, urban design, and infrastructure. In 2010, the firm was awarded first prize for the Taipei Pop Music Center and the Kaohsiung Port Terminal in Taiwan, both of which began construction in 2013 are set to be completed in 2020. Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto have received numerous awards for their speculative work and built projects, including the Chrysler Award for Excellence in Design, the Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Citation and John Hejduk Award from the Cooper Union, and the USA Booth Fellowship from United States Artists for Architecture & Design. The firm’s first comprehensive monograph, Projects, and Their Consequences were published in 2019 and traces thirty years of innovative, multidisciplinary investigations of form, structure, technique, and planning.
Jesse Reiser is a registered architect in New York and a principal of RUR Architecture DPC. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union in New York and completed his Masters of Architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 1985 and he worked for the offices of John Hejduk and Aldo Rossi prior to forming Reiser + Umemoto with a partner, Nanako Umemoto. Jesse is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and has previously taught at various schools in the US and Asia, including Columbia University, Yale University, Ohio State University, Hong Kong University, and has lectured widely at various educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Nanako Umemoto is a principal of RUR Architecture DPC. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union in New York in 1983, following studies at the School of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at the Osaka University of Art, and formed Reiser + Umemoto with a partner, Jesse Reiser in 1986. Nanako has taught at various schools in the US, Europe, and Asia, including Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, EPFL in Lausanne Switzerland, Hong Kong University, Kyoto University, and the Cooper Union, and she has lectured widely at various educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.