Session Chair: Philippe Block

Session Chair: Philippe Block

Philippe Block is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he directs the BLOCK Research Group, which focuses on equilibrium analysis of masonry vaults and computational form finding and fabrication of curved surface structures. He studied architecture and structural engineering at the VUB, Belgium and MIT, USA, and earned his PhD from MIT in 2009, where he developed, under the guidance of Prof. John Ochsendorf, a novel method for masonry vault analysis and design. As partner of Ochsendorf, DeJong & Block, LLC, he applies his research into practice on the structural assessment of historic monuments and the design and engineering of unique compression structures, with projects ranging from unreinforced vaults in cut stone to appropriate construction projects in developing countries. He has won several awards for his research and work; has lectured at top universities, as well as leading engineering and architecture offices; and consulted for architecture offices, such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron and SOM, and artists, such as Studio Olafur Eliasson. His work has been exhibited at the Design Triennial 2009 in NYC, USA and the Architecture Biennial 2012 in Venice, Italy.