Apr 8th 2022

A Conversation with Philippe Block

On Monday, April 18, the College of Architecture will host a lecture by Philippe Block, a professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, where he co-directs the Block Research Group. His work and research focuses on computational form finding, optimisation, and construction of curved surface structures, specializing in unreinforced masonry vaults and concrete shells.

The research structures become reality as Block is founding partner of Ochsendorf DeJong & Block (ODB Engineering). His education includes a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has won several awards, including the Berlin Art Prize for Architecture in 2018, and serves on editorial boards for multiple publications, including the International Journal of Space Structures.

Block’s lecture will be hosted in S. R. Crown Hall’s Center Core at 5 p.m.