Keynote speakers


Reinhard König studied architecture and urban planning. He completed his PhD thesis in 2009 at the University of Karlsruhe. Dr. König has worked as a research assistant and appointed Interim Professor of the Chair for Computer Science in Architecture at Bauhaus-University Weimar. He heads research projects on the complexity of urban systems and societies, the understanding of cities by means of agent based models and cellular automata as well as the development of evolutionary design methods. From 2013 Reinhard König works at the Chair of Information Architecture, ETH Zurich. In 2014 Dr. König was guest professor at the Technical University Munich. His current research interests are applicability of multi-criteria optimisation techniques for design problems and the development of computational analysis methods for spatial configurations. Results from these research activities are transferred into planning software of the company DecodingSpaces. From 2015 Dr. König heads the Junior-Professorship for Computational Architecture at Bauhaus-University Weimar, and acts as Co-PI at the Future Cities Lab in Singapore, where he focus on Cognitive Design Computing.

Main research project: Planning Synthesis & Computational Planning Group
see also the project description: Computational Planning Synthesis
and his external research web site: Computational Planning Science


Branko Kolarevic is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design, where he also holds the Chair in Integrated Design and co-directs the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID). He has taught architecture at several universities in North America and Asia and has lectured worldwide on the use of digital technologies in design and production. He has authored, edited or co-edited several books, including “Building Dynamics: Exploring Architecture of Change” (with Vera Parlac), “Manufacturing Material Effects” (with Kevin Klinger), “Performative Architecture” (with Ali Malkawi) and “Architecture in the Digital Age.” He is a past president of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), past president of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), and was recently elected future president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). He is a recipient of the ACADIA Award for Innovative Research in 2007 and ACADIA Society Award of Excellence in 2015. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in design from Harvard University and a diploma engineer in architecture degree from the University of Belgrade.