Projekter pr. år
My research centres on the intersection between architecture and computer science. During the last 15 years my focus has been on the profound changes that digital technologies instigate in the way architecture is thought, designed and built. In 2004 I completed an interdisciplinary PhD in architecture and computer science, and in 2005 I founded the Centre for IT and Architecture research group (CITA) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation. During the last 6 years I have successfully attracted funding and built up a strong international group of 12 members with myself as Head and 1 Associate Prof., 1 Assistant Prof., 1 Post Doc, 6 PhDs and 2 research assistants. In 2010 I became full Professor in Architecture and Digital Technologies.
In CITA I have piloted a special research focus on the new digital-material relations that digital technologies bring forth. Investigating advanced computer modelling, digital fabrication and material specification CITA has been central in the forming of an international research field examining the changes to material practice in architecture. This has been led by a series of research investigations developing concepts and technologies as well as strategic projects such as the international Digital Crafting Network that fosters interdisciplinary sharing and dissemination of expertise and supports new collaborations in the fields of architecture, engineering and design.
Dec 2010 – to date
Professor of Architecture and Digital Technologies, Head of CITA, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation. (KADK)
Sept 05 – Dec 2010
Associate professor and Head of CITA, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.
July 03 - 08
Leader of Escape Design, an interdisciplinary design studio developing new interactive environments for architecture, art and performance.
Sept 04 - Sept 05
Research fellow, Department of Computer Science, University College London
Sept 03 – Sept 05
College tutor, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
Aug 01 – Sept 05
Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Design, University of Brighton. Head of third year.
Jan 01- Jul 01
College tutor, School of Architecture and Design, University of Brighton.
Jan 98 - Nov 99
Researcher assistant, Fraunhofer Research Institute in Germany, Institute for Media Communication, Media Arts Research Studies. Working on large scale EU funded research project.
Aug 99 – Jul 2004 Interdisciplinary PhD
Bartlett School of Architecture and Department of Computer Science, University College London. Discovering Mixed Realities – inventing design criteria for an action based Mixed Reality supervised by Prof Peter Cook and Prof Mel Slater.
Sep 94 – Jun 96 Diploma in Architecture (distinction)
Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
Sept 92 –Jun 93 4th year study at Ecole d’Architecture, Paris la Seine, Paris
Sept 89 – Jun 94 Bachelor, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen
2005 - to date Head of CITA: Centre for IT and Architecture
As Head of CITA, I have responsibility for the building of the research group, the development of our research agenda, fundraising, forming new research collaborations, leading research projects and dissemination. Since 2005 I have built an active research environment with 12 employees and have initiated new research collaborations with leading international research environments and industry partners.
2003 – 04 Unit Master, Unit 4Bachelor Degree, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
2001 – 04 Head of 3rd year, School of Architecture and Design, University of Brighton.
EXTERNAL CHAIRING POSITIONS
2016 Internal PhD examiner for Anna Hougaard, KADK
2016 External PhD examiner for Jane Scott, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
2014- 18 Member of the Danish Arts Foundation, Architectural Council
2014- to date Member of the Swizz National Research Council NCCR Evaluation Panel Digital Fabrication
2013 Member of the Swizz National Research Council NCCR Selection Panel Technology/Ecology
2013 External PhD examiner for Michael Wihart, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK
2012 – 16 External examiner BSc programme, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
2012 External PhD examiner for Jonas Runberger, KTH, School of Architecture Stockholm
2011 External PhD examiner for James Gardiner, Jerome Frumar and Andrew Maher, SIAL (Spatial Information Architecture Lab) RMIT, Melbourne
2009-11 Member of the Ministry of Cultural Research Council, Denmark
2010 Member of appointment committee Assistant Professorship in Digital Technologies, KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm
2010 Member of appointment committee Professorship in Digital Technologies, AHO School of Architecture, Oslo
2009 External PhD examiner for Phil Ayres, Aarhus School of Architecture
2010 Member of appointment committee Associate Prof. in Art History and Interactive Arts, University of Copenhagen
2009 External licentiat examiner for Anna Persson, Textile College, College of Borås
INTERNAL CHAIRING POSITIONS KADK
2015 – to date Member of the Research Council
2006 – 2015 Member of the PhD School Committee
2010 – 2011 Member of the Research Committee
2009 – 11 Member of the KADK Vision 2017 and Strategy 2017 groups
2007 – 11 Member of the Study Council (responsible for curriculum)
ACADEMIC AND PHD SUPERVISION
Supervision of Adjunct Professors and Postdoc
2017 – Anders Kruse Aagaard, FKK Postdoc
2010 – 12 Paul Nicholas, FKK Postdoc
2010 – 13 Phil Ayres, Adjunct Professors
2008 – 11 Odilo Schoch, Adjunct Professors
2006 – 09 Martin Tamke, Adjunct Professors
Supervision of pædagogikum (national pedagogic diploma Post Doc level )
2009 Martin Tamke
Supervision of international grantees
2015-16 Main supervisor for Fullbright scholar Scott Lienweber
2016 Main supervisor for visiting PhD scholar Danica Pistekova
Supervision of Ph.D. students
2018 – to date Main supervisor for Veronica Hodges “New use of Paper in Design and Architecture”, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation
2017 – to date Main supervisor for Karen Honour “How to Dress a Room?- An investigation into knitted spatial members situated between fashion design and architecture”, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation
2016 – to date Main supervisor for Paul Poinet “Multi Scalar Modelling For Building Design”, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation
2016 – to date Secondary supervisor for Kasper Ax “Design For Manufacture And Assembly”, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation
2015 – to date Main supervisor for Tom Svilans “Integrating Material Performance”, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation
2014 – 16 Main supervisor for Astrid Mody “Textilisation of Light”. Industrial collaboration with Philips Design, Eindhoven. I took over supervision of Astrid in her final year.
2014 – to date Main supervisor for Anders Holden Deleuran “Complex Modelling”, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation
2013 – to date Main supervisor for Vicki Thacke, industrial PhD, “RUM - Fiberforstærkede Polymere Kompositter I Arkitektonisk Kontekst”, a collaboration between CITA and KHR Architects and Fibreline Composites.
2012 - Main supervisor for Dave Stasiuk “ Activating the Parameter Space in Computational Design Modelling”, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation
2010 - 13 Main supervisor for Tore Banke, industrial PhD, “Parametrics in Practice: generative performance in architecture”, a collaboration between CITA and 3XN Architects.
2010 - 13 Main supervisor for Jacob Riiber Nielsen “Digital Crafting: generative processes in architecture”, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation
2008 - 14 Main supervisor for Brady Peters, industrial PhD, “Complex Surfaces – Sound and Space Defining Surfaces for Architecture”, a collaboration between CITA and JJW Architects and Gromtje Carl Bro Engineers.
2008 - 14 Main supervisor for Aurelie Mosse, international Ph.d. “Self-Actuated Textiles in the Design of Domestic Spaces”, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, UK
2008 - 12 Second supervisor for Anders Hermund, “Applied 3D Modelling and Parametric Design”. CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation.
2007 - 12 Main supervisor for Norbert Palz “Emerging Architectural Possibilities of a Tuneable Materiality through Additive Fabrication Technologies”, CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation
ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONOURS
2016 “Innovative Academic Program Award of Excellence” awarded to CITA by the prime conference within the field, ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture)
2016 “EliteForsk Prize” for outstanding researcher under 45 years of international excellence (1.000.000 DKK).
2011 Anna Nordlander Prize for female architect who has contributed considerably to her field (40.000 DKK).
2010 Selected to represent Denmark in the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
2009 Winner of International Competition Gecko Think Forward on the implementation of Nano-coated textiles in architecture. (50.000 DKK).
2008 InterArCHtive Prize for Interactive Architecture, commission to build and exhibit the architectural installation Slow Furl. Prize by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and Arts Council England. (110.000 DKK)
1999 - 03 International Ph.d. stipend for Ph.d. studies at University College London, Det Danske Forsker Akademi (1.500.000 DKK).
July 2009 Visiting Scholar at University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, Sydney. Invited to lead 2 week summer school Urban Islands.
Nov 2008 Visiting Scholar at Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris. Invited to lead semester course Textile Techtoniques
JOURNAL REVIEW BOARDS
2016 – to date Reviewer for Journal on Construction Robotics, Springer Verlag
2014 – to date Reviewer for Textile Research Journal, Sage Publications
2014 – to date Reviewer for Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, Taylor and Francis
2013 – to date Reviewer for ACADIA, Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture
2012 – to date Reviewer for Fabricate, International Peer Reviewed Conference and Publication
In architecture it is a mark of honour to be invited to lead workshops in parallel institutions. The hands-on workshops act as means of sharing design practice and communicating concepts and technologies and take place in conference, symposia and teaching contexts, The workshops named below are a small selection of the activities I have been undertaking in the last 10 years.
April 2014 “Learning to be a Vault” workshop at with students at IAAC
March 2011 “Performing Skins” Interdisciplinary workshop for professions and students in architecture and engineering at international conference Smart Geometry 2011.
Juni 2010 “Architectural Knitted Surfaces” Interdisciplinary workshop for professions and students in architecture and textile design at Shenkar School of Engineering and Design, Tel Aviv.
Aug 2009 “Responsive Architecture” International summer school for researchers, educators and students with Philip Beesley, University of Waterloo, Toronto.
May 2008 “Fabric of Life” International textiles workshop for students, Central Saint Matins, London,
Nov 2007 “Metabolic Networks” International architecture workshop for professionels and studerents, Part of the ACADIA conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
RESEARCH PROJECTS AND FUNDRAISING
The CITA research budget consist of internal funding in the form of research positions, internal project funding and external funding. The full yearly research budget for CITA is 2.500.000 DKK excluding external funding.
2014 – to date “InnoChain”, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network with 6 academic and 14 industry partners across Europe. Project coordinator. (30.000.000 DKK)
2013 - to date “Complex Modelling”; Sapere Aude: Advanced Grant for Elite Researchers, Danish Council for Independent Research (7.000.000)
2011 “Architectural Textiles”: Nordic Culture Fund (150.000DKK), Danish Arts Foundation (75.000 DKK), Danmarks Nationalbank (25.000 DKK)
2010 “How would it be to live in a soft space… “ research exhibition Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Berado Museum: Realdania (100.000 DKK), KADK (250.000 DKK)
2010 - 2009 Practice-based research methodology: Cybernetics PhD Course and Material Evidence PhD course: The Danish Doctoral Schools of Architecture & Design (395.000 DKK)
2008-09 Industrial PhD positions in Architectural Simulation. These two PhDs are collaborations with professional practice. Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation (2.800.000 DKK), Realdania (450.000DKK)
2009 Digital Crafting research network: The Danish Council for Independent Research, Humanities (1.000.000 DKK)
2009 “digital.material” research exhibition ROM Gallery, Oslo: Nordic Culture Fund (140.000DKK), Dreyers Fond (55.000 DKK), Danmarks Nationalbank (25.000 DKK)
2006-11 Visiting Professorship Programme. In the period 2006-08 and 2009-11 CITA I have received funding for three international professorships with leading researchers Azam Khan (AutoDesk, Toronto), Mark Burry (SIAL, RMIT, Melbourne) and Mark Goulthorpe (MIT, Boston): Villum Kann Rasmussen Fonden (630.000 DKK)
2009 Digital.Material, a research exhibition at ROM Gallery, Oslo, Norway. Nordic Culture Fund (140.000DKK),
2009 ”Its a SMALL World” National development project on the novel use of tradtional materials in digital fabrication. In collaboration with Dansk Design Center, Dansk Arkitektur Center og Danish Crafts: Danish Design Centre (450.000 DKK)
2009 “Responsive Environments” Summer School, An international summer school with Prof. Philip Beesley, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo. Dreyers Fond (25.000 DKK), Canada's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (200.000 DKK)
2008 DevA research project with MAPT Architects on the use of Developable Surfaces in architecture, Dreyers Fond (50.000 DKK).
2007 “Knitted Skins” – a research investigation into CNC knitting and architecture with Manchester University School of Materials, University of Brighton, School of Architecture and Design and Shenkar College of Engineering and Design: Aase and Ejnar Danielsen Foundation (450.000 DKK), Dreyers Fond (55.000)
2006 “Robotic Membranes” Study of textiles as a material for a reactive architecture. The project is a framework project combining the studies Vivisection, Strange metabolisms, Slow Furl, Breathing Room and the Thaw. The project is supported by a number of collaboration including Toni Hick, Constructed Textiles, University of Brighton and Simon Løvind, Denmark's Design School. Danish Arts, Architecture Statens Kunstfond, Arkitekturudvalget (70.000 DKK), Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968 (20.000 DKK).
2005 Sea Unsea, research project on interactive architecture and dance. Collaboration with choreographer Carol Brown: Arts Council England Production (110.000 DKK), Arts Council England Development (55.000 DKK).
2004 The Changing Room research project on interactive architecture and dance. Collaboration with choreographer Carol Brown: Arts Council England Production (110.000 DKK).
2002 Embodied Interaction, research symposium and exhibition on interaction and architecture: Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) (55000 DKK).
DISSEMINATION: SYMPOSIA AND SEMINARS (SELECTED)
Through CITA I have hosted many research events and thus contributed to the critical reflection on the emerging digital practice. I see this conference as a means of directly supporting the proliferation of this new emerging practice.
Nov 2018 Organiser and Chair of International Conference “Innochain: Expanding Information Modelling for a New Material Age”, Blox, Danish Architecture Centre, Nov 8-9, 2018
Sept 2018 Organiser and chair of seminar of International Seminar Light Space: Textile Illumination, in collaboration with Aurelie Mosse, ENSAD, Paris with support from French Insitute, Denmark
Sept 2017 Organiser and Chair of International Conference “Design Modelling Symposium 2017: Humanizing Digital Reality, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles. Proceedings published with Springer.
Feb 2016 Organiser of International Symposium “Machine Learning”, Statens Værksteder Gammel Doc
Sept 2015 Organiser and Chair of International Conference “Design Modelling Symposium 2015: Modelling Behaviour”. Proceedings published with Springer.
Dec 2012 Organiser and chair of seminar Architectural Textiles, a Nordic seminar on the role of textiles in architecture, Konstfack, Stockholm.
Nov 2012 Chair of Digital Architecture Panel, Ambience Conference, Borås.
Dec 2010-11 Organiser and chair of two international symposia at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. With leading presenters from ETH, Zurich, Harvard, TU Stuttgart, Yale, RMIT and others.
- Digital Crafting 1: Computation and Craft, Dec 2010
- Digital Crafting Symposium 2: Consequences, Nov 2011
Nov 2006 - 2009 Organiser and chair of three international symposia at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. With leading presenters from University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, MIT, Department of Architecture, Yale School of Architecture, Parssons School of Architecture, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, RMIT, ETH, Zurich and others.
- Parametric Approaches 1, Nov 2006
- Parametric Approaches 2: Computation and Material, Nov 2007
- Parametric Approaches 3: Digital Crafting, Marts 2009
Dec 2005 Organiser of the international symposium Finding Fluid Form at University of Brighton, School of Architecture and Design in collaboration with the Center for Computational Neuroscience and Robot Technology, University of Sussex. With leading researchers from System Research, MIT, the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Salford, University College London.
RESEARCH EXHIBITIONS (selected)
My research is practice-based and develops research demonstrator and probes presented in research exhibitions. Our practice-based research has been selected for large scale international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (2016) and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2010-11). I differentiate between primary exhibitions in which original research results investigating ground research theses are presented and secondary exhibitions in which representations of work are shown often in international context. The exhibitions are therefore closely tied to the research projects listed above.
Sept - Dec 2018 “Practice Futures - Building Design for a new Material Age”, international research exhibition Innochain, Meldahls Smedie, KADK
May – Nov 2018 “Isoropia” at “Collaborative Innovation”, Danish Pavillion, Biennale Architettura 2018 - La Biennale di Venezia.
Sept 2016 “Complex Modelling Research Exhibition” show casing results from the Complex Modelling research project, Meldahls Smedie, Copenhagen, Sept – Dec 2016
May – Sept 2016 “Hybrid Tower” as part of Contextile festival, Guimaraes, Portugal
April 2015 “Complex Modelling” exhibition, Design Museum Denmark, April 2015
May 2014 “What does it mean to make an experiment” participant in research exhibition Meldahls Smedie, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, May 2014.
April 2013 “Alive” participant in research exhibition at EDF Foundation, Paris, April 2013.
April 2012 “Transformative Textiles” Research exhibition Arkitekternes Hus, April 2012
Sept 2011 Copenhagen Design Week, selected to show 2 research demonstrators Dermoid and Blush at the Danish Design Museum, Sept 2011.
March 2011 “1:1 Research by Design”, research exhibition, Meldahls Smedie, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, March – April 2011.
Oct 2010 “How would it be to live in a soft space… “ Lissabon Arkitektur Triennale selected to show at the Lisbon Architectural Triennale, Museu Colecção Berardo, Lissabon, Oct – Jan 2010-11
March 2010 “digital.material” research exhibition at ROM Gallery, Oslo, March-April 2010
Nov 2010 “Climate and Architecture” research exhibition of architectural installation Sargasso Fields a result of the international summer school Responsive Environments with Philip Beesley, Nov 2010
Aug 2009 “It’s a SMALL World”creator of exhibition design for international touring exhibition presented at Dansk Design Center (Copenhagen ), Nordic Light house (Shanghai), Brazilian Design Biennal (Curitiba), 4. th Design Bienniale/ Design Chile (Santiago)
June 2009 Reef Pattern, Distortion festival, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen .
June 2008 “Slow Furl”, commission for interactive architecture installation, Lighthouse Gallery, Brighton, June 2008
March 2008 “Digital Practice “research exhibition, Meldahls Smedie, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, March – April 2008.
Nov 2007 ArchiTronics, exhibition of demonstrator Calcifications at Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen
Aug 2007 Robo Art exhibition of Breathing Room demonstrator, Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense.
Jan 2007 Robotic Membranes. Solo research exhibition. Exhibition of research results at Grand Parade Gallery, Brighton.
Oct 2006 Vivisection, Chosen to present at the fall exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copmenhagen.
June 2014 – Feb 15 'Smart Flexibility' research exhibition, MAterfad, Barcelona. Participant in group exhibition
May 2013 “Textile Spaces” Participant in group showing. Another Space, Copenhagen.
Nov 2010 ACADIA 2010 Conference
Chosen to present at the international conference exhibition Life:Information, Cooper Union, New York.
July 2010 Swarm Intelligence: Architectures of Multi-Agent Systems
Group exhibition at Architecture SH i University of Hong Kong, Shanghai Study, Shanghai.
Marts 2010 Architecture 10 Group exhibition at Boutwell Draper Galleriet, Sydney.
August 2008 (Im)material Processes – New Digital Techniques for Architecture Group exhibition at
Beijings Arkitektur Biennale, Beijing.
Aug 2006 Knitted Skins, Group exhibition at Tsing Hua University, Beijing.
- Digital design
- Textile architecture
- Digital crafting
- Complex Modelling
- Teknologi og digital design
- Digital fabrication
- Information modelling
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Publikationer pr. år
Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift › Leder › Forskning
Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport › Konferencebidrag i proceedings › Forskning › peer review
FORMALIZING EXPERT KNOWLEDGE FOR BUILDING INFORMATION MODELS: AUTOMATED IDENTIFICATION OF ELECTRICAL WIRING FROM 3D SCANSTamke, M., Ramsgaard Thomsen, M., Holden Deleuran, A., Stranghöhner, N. & Uhlemann, J., 2018, The Fiber Society 2016 Fall Meeting and Technical Conference . s. 57 1 s.
Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport › Bidrag til bog/antologi › Forskning › peer review
Isoropia: an Encompassing Approach for the Design, Analysis and Form-Finding of Bending-Active Textile HybridsRamsgaard Thomsen, M., Tamke, M., La Magna, R., Noel, R., Lienhard, J., Baranovskaya, Y., Fragkia, V. & Längst, P., 2018, IASS Symposium 2018: Creativity in Structural Design.
Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport › Konferencebidrag i proceedings › Forskning › peer review
Multiscale Modeling Frameworks for Architecture: Designing the Unseen and Invisible with Phase Change MaterialsNicholas, P., Ramsgaard Thomsen, M., Tamke, M., Ayres, P., Baranovskaya, Y., Faircloth, B., Welch, R. & Cuffy, B., 2018, I : International Journal of Architectual Computing. 16, 2, s. 104–122 18 s.
Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift › Tidsskriftartikel › Forskning › peer review
Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen (Modtager), 2016
Winner InterARCHtive Commission: Winner InterARCHtive commission for Slow Furl, Lighthouse Gallery, UK, 20.04.2008
Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen (Modtager), 20 apr. 2008
Aktiviteter pr. år
Aktivitet: Udgivelse af peer-review og redaktionelt arbejde - typer › Redaktør af tidsskrift › Forskning
Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangement af en begivenhed - typer › Organisation af og deltagelse i konference
Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangement af en begivenhed - typer › Deltagelse i workshop, seminar og kursus
NCCR: National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication research project (Ekstern organisation)Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen (Medlem)
Aktivitet: Medlemsskab - typer › Medlemskab af udvalg, råd og nævn
Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangement af en begivenhed - typer › Deltagelse i workshop, seminar og kursus
Arkitekters verktyg: En kritisk diskussion om betydelsen av verktyg i förståelsen och skapandet av arkitektur