ITKE is part of new pioneering research network for innovative building design practice


European consortium of six premier research institutions and 14 leading industry partners to create an interdisciplinary network of 15 PhD positions on innovative building design practice under the Horizon 2020 programme.
Six European research institutions and 14 leading practices from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK join forces in a new research network examining how advanced digital design tools can positively challenge future building culture, enabling more sustainable, better informed and materially smarter design solutions.
The pioneering network, “Building Innovation in the Extended Digital Chain” (InnoChain), has recently received a EUR 4 million grant from the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme under Horizon 2020 and will include 15 new doctoral projects within the fields of architecture and engineering. The doctoral researchers will be enrolled at the partner research institutions and InnoChain’s 14 industry partners will offer hands-on experience, exposing them to the applied reality of situated research and development across the digital chain.
Project Lead Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, states: “The purpose of the project is to expand, synthesise and consolidate knowledge into computation-informed building design practice across academia and practice. InnoChain has a strong inter-sector focus and connects emerging and established research environments in academia and professional practice from architecture, engineering, design software development and fabrication.”
The network will investigate the extended digital chain as a fertile opportunity for design innovation. It will develop new interdisciplinary design methods that integrate advanced simulation and material fabrication. Employing a practice-based industry-focused method, the network asks how new bespoke design tools can be created to enable advanced simulation of structure, material and process and how they can lead to the creation of smarter material and design solutions.
15 new PhD positions
The network creates a structured training programme focused on individual research projects, supervised by experienced researchers and enriched through an inter-sector secondment programme with industry partners. The consortium includes a programme of joint research events, including workshop-seminars, colloquia, a summer school and research courses.

Positions will be advertised on the InnoChain website: http://innochain.net/

Academic Partners
CITA, Centre for IT and Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. Professor Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen and Associate Professor Martin Tamke
Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Professor Bob Sheil
Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), University of Stuttgart. Professor Jan Knippers
IOA, Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Professor Klaus Bollinger
Royal Institute of Technology. Professor Ulrika Karlson and Professor Oliver Tessmann
IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Professor Manuel Gausa, Professor Eduard Bru, Associate Professor Areti Markopoulou

Industry Partners
Foster + Partners Limited
White arkitekter AB
Cloud 9 SL
Buro Happold Limited
str.ucture GmbH
designtoproduction GmbH
Smith Innovation
Blumer-Lehmann AG
Factum Arte Desarrollos Digitales SL
McNeel Europe SL

Contact: Jan Knippers