Guest Lecture 10/12/2015 – Dr. Patrick Janssen

Dr. Patrick Janssen – National University of Singapore





Guest lecture on 10 December, 17:00 at the Chair of Information Architecture

HIT H 31.2 (ETH campus Hönggerberg) 


Excursions in Performance-Based Computational Design

Abstract: Performance-based computational design has become a popular research topic, but its use in practice has remained limited. This talk will define fundamental performance-based design methods, and present examples from studio and research projects at varying scales. A number of web-based tools developed to facilitate the use of such methods will also be presented.

Guest Lecture 10/09/2015 – PROFESSOR YEHUDA Kalay

Prof. Yehuda Kalay, Technion / Israel Institute of Technology


Monday, 10th Sept. at 17:00
HIT H 31.2 (ETH campus Hönggerberg) 



Current building models, including BIM, support only evaluations based on physical and material characteristics of the building. They do not support evaluation of the impact a building will have on life and activities of users. The talk presents research that aims to remedy that shortcoming by developing a comprehensive building modeling method, which will allow simulation of human behaviour in future buildings, thus help designers and their clients make better decisions about the future product.


Yehuda Kalay has been Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, since October 2010, and holder of the Henry and Merilyn Taub Academic Chair.

Prior to assuming the deanship at the Technion, for 18 years he was professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-founded and directed the Berkeley Center for New Media. Prior to his tenure at Berkeley, for 10 years Professor Kalay taught in the department of architecture at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Professor Kalay holds B.Arch and MSc degrees in Architecture from the Technion, and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA). He is a founding member and past president of ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture), and former co-Editor-in-Chief of Automation in Construction, an international refereed journal (Elsevier, UK). He is a licensed architect in the State of Israel.

Kalay’s research focuses on digital and collaborative design. He has published more than 100 scholarly papers and eight books, the most recent of which are: Collaborative Working Environments for Architectural Design, with Prof. Carrara of the University of Rome, Italy (Palombi, 2009); New Heritage: Cultural Heritage and New Media (Routledge, 2008), with Prof. Kvan of the University of Melbourne, Australia; and Architecture’s New Media (MIT, 2004).