Philippe Block

Philippe Block is Associate Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he directs the Block Research Group (BRG) together with Dr. Tom Van Mele. The BRG focuses on equilibrium analysis, computational form finding, optimization and fabrication of curved surface structures. Within the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication, the BRG develops innovative structural design strategies using bespoke prefabrication. He studied architecture and structural engineering at the VUB, Belgium, and MIT, where he earned his PhD in 2009. As partner of Ochsendorf, DeJong & Block, LLC (ODB), he applies his research into practice on the structural assessment of historic monuments and the design and engineering of novel compression structures. He has won numerous awards for his research, has lectured at top universities and leading engineering and architecture offices worldwide, and is regularly invited as an expert consultant.