Thomas Schroepfer

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Professor, Co-Director (SUTD-JTC I³ Centre), Director (AAL) & Founding Associate Head of Pillar (ASD)

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Pillar / Cluster: Architecture and Sustainable Design
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Biography

Professor Schroepfer holds doctoral and Master’s degrees with Distinction from Harvard University. He began his academic career at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design where he was appointed Assistant Professor of Architecture in 2004 and Associate Professor of Architecture in 2008. He was named Full Professor after joining Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in 2011, where he became Founding Programme Director and Associate Head of Pillar of Architecture and Sustainable Design and currently serves as Co-Director of the SUTD-JTC I³ Centre and Director of the University’s award-winning Advanced Architecture Laboratory. He held visiting professorships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the National University of Singapore. In 2015, he was appointed Member of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) Future Cities Laboratory Steering Committee.

Professor Schroepfer’s work investigates the increasingly complex relationship between design and technology in architecture. His research and design projects relate to advances in environmental strategies, materials, structure and form, performance and energy, computer simulation and modelling, digital fabrication and building processes. He has been recognized as a creative leader in the industry and sought-after as a keynote speaker at international conferences, symposiums and workshops. His work has been exhibited at important international venues, including at the Venice Architecture Biennial, the World Architecture Festival and the World Congress of Architecture. He is the author of numerous publications on architecture and urbanism. His books have been translated into several languages and include Dense + Green: Innovative Building Types for Sustainable Urban Architecture (2016), Ecological Urban Architecture: Qualitative Approaches to Sustainability (2012) and Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality (2011). In 2011, he was named Author of New and Notable Books on Architecture, Culture and Design by Metropolis Magazine. Since 2014, he is Series Editor of Springer Briefs in Architectural Design and Technology, published by Springer Nature. His work has been covered by a variety of media including The New York Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Channel NewsAsia, The Straits Times, El Mundo, Berliner Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, Bauwelt, Metropolis, Cubes and Harvard Design Magazine. Most recent projects include the award-winning The Future of Us Pavilion at the Gardens by the Bay Singapore.

Professor Schroepfer is the recipient of prestigious awards and recognitions including the Singapore President*s Design Award, the German Design Award, the World Architecture Festival Award and the Asia Education Leadership Award.

Education

  • Doctor of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 2004
  • Master of Architecture with Distinction, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 2000
  • Diplom-Ingenieur Architektur, Summa Cum Laude, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany, 1995
  • Bachelor of Architecture, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, New York, USA, 1995

Selected Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator. Dense and Green Building Typologies (Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory). Funded by Singapore National Research Foundation.
  • Principal Investigator. Interactive Multi-Objective Optimisation Tools for Parametric Modelling and Environmental Simulation. Funded by SUTD-MIT International Design Centre.
  • Principal Investigator. Prototyping Concrete Sandwich Shells: A New Efficient Structural Typology Relying on Digital Design and Prefabrication. Funded by SUTD-MIT International Design Centre.
  • Principal Investigator. Integrated Tools for Efficient Optimisation of Parametric Design. Funded by SUTD-MIT International Design Centre.
  • Principal Investigator. Future Urban Typologies for Enhancing Liveability in Singapore (Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities The Future of Cities Project). Funded by Singapore National Research Foundation.
  • Principal Investigator. Stone Caldarium: An Architectural Prototype for the Generation of Urban Microclimates. Funded by SUTD-MIT International Design Centre.
  • Principal Investigator. Optimisation Tools for Generative Methods in Ecological Urban Architecture. Funded by SUTD-MIT International Design Centre.
  • Principal Investigator. Climate-Responsive Design Optimisation and Integration in Architecture and Urban Design. Funded by Singapore University of Technology and Design.
  • Principal Investigator. Dense + Green: Innovative Building Types for Sustainable Urban Architecture. Funded by Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities.
  • Principal Investigator. Ecological Urban Architecture: Qualitative Approaches to Sustainability. Funded by Harvard University Real Estate Academic Initiative.
  • Principal Investigator. Environmental Adaptation: Architecture Experiments for Singapore’s New Waterfront. Funded by Far East Organization.
  • Principal Investigator. Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality. Funded by Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Material ConneXion.
  • Principal Investigator. Transurban: Charting Experiments for Cities of the Future. Funded by Harvard University Real Estate Academic Initiative.
  • Principal Investigator. Integrating Material Culture in Architectural Education. Funded by Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Selected Awards and Achievements

  • Singapore President*s Design Award
  • German Design Award
  • Invited exhibition at the Museum Angewandte Kunst Design Space Frankfurt, Germany
  • Asia Education Leadership Award
  • World Architecture Festival Award
  • A’ Design Platinum Award
  • Architizer A+Award
  • Singapore Structural Steel Excellence Award
  • Invited exhibition at the Museum of Outstanding Design Como, Italy
  • Singapore Design Award
  • SG Mark Award
  • Steering and Management Committee Member of Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory
  • Editor of Springer Briefs in Architectural Design and Technology
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design Outstanding Education Award
  • Jury Member of Singapore Institute of Architects Design Awards
  • Jury Member of Singapore Green Building Awards
  • Invited exhibitions at Venice Architecture Biennial
  • Invited exhibitions at Singapore National Design Centre
  • Singapore Institute of Architects Award
  • Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Metropolis Magazine Author of New and Notable Books on Architecture, Culture and Design
  • Visiting Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • Visiting Professor at National University of Singapore
  • Gwangju Design Biennale Award
  • International Union of Architects Award
  • Invited exhibitions at Singapore Institute of Architects, Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority, Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Fundación Metropoli, Tsinghua University, Seoul Space Gallery, Harvard University
  • Keynote speaker at various conferences

Selected Publications

  • Schroepfer, Thomas. Forthcoming 2019. Computational Strategies for Ecological Urban Architecture and Design. Heidelberg: Springer.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas, Sacha Menz et al. 2018. “Future Cities Laboratory – Dense and Green Building Typologies: Architecture as Urban Ecosystem.” In Venice Architecture Biennial 2018: Time Space Existence. Venice: GAA Foundation / European Cultural Centre.

  • Schroepfer, Thomas and Sacha Menz, eds. 2018. Dense and Green Building Typologies: Research, Policy and Practice Perspectives. Heidelberg: Springer.

  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2017. “Dense and Green Building Typologies.” In Future Cities Lab Indicia 01, edited by Stephen Cairns and Tunas DevisariZürich: Lars Müller Publishers.

  • Schroepfer, Thomas. “Dense and Green Building Typologies.” The Singapore Architect 08/2017.

  • Schroepfer, Thomas. “The Making of ‘The Future of Us’ Pavilion.” The Singapore Architect 04/2016.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2016. Dense + Green: Innovative Building Types for Sustainable Urban Architecture. Basel: Birkhäuser.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. “Design with a Big ‘D’.” The Singapore Architect 01/2015.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas, series ed. 2014-present. SpringerBriefs in Architectural Design and Technology. Heidelberg: Springer.

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  • Ng, Edmund and Thomas Schroepfer. 2014. “Generative Design Approaches to Tropical Urban Architecture.” La Biennale di Venezia 2014: Time Space Existence, edited by Karlyn de Jongh. Venice: GAA Foundation / European Cultural Centre.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2014. “Das Versprechen Intelligenter Werkstoffe.” In Macht des Materials/Politik der Materialität, edited by Susanne Witzgall and Kerstin Stakemeier. Zürich/Berlin: Diaphanes.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2012-2013. “Ecological Urban Architecture: Taking Stock of Green.” Singapore Architect 270-275 (series of six articles).

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2013. “Innovative Building Skins for the Tropics: The Singapore New Jurong Church.” In Design 2050: International Union of Architects 24th World Congress of Architecture. Tokyo: UIA.
  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2012. Ecological Urban Architecture: Qualitative Approaches to Sustainability. Basel: Birkhäuser.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2012. “Ecological Urban Architecture.” World Architecture 262.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2011. Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality. Basel: Birkhäuser.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2011. “Particular Matters.” Pidgin 10.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2011. “Bamboo Oblique: An Experimental Pavilion for the Gwangju Design Biennale.” In Input_Output: Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments, edited by Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2010. “Possible Spaces.” In Stories from Design Schools, edited by Tang Keyang. Beijing: Peking University Press.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2010. “Moving Beyond LEED: Evaluating Architecture on the Urban Scale.” In Ecological Urbanism, edited by Mohsen Mostafavi with Gareth Doherty. Zürich: Lars Müller Publishers.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas, et al. 2010.“Aspirations and Realities of Exemplary EcoCites.” DETAIL Green 02/10.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2009-2011. Selected Research and Design Work. In A View on Harvard GSD, vols. 1-3. Cambridge: Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2008-2011. Selected Research, Studio, and Course Work. In GSD Platform, vols. 1-4Cambridge: Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas, and Christian Werthmann. 2008. “TransUrban.” Harvard Design Magazine 28.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas, et al. 2008.”Emerging Forms of Sustainable Urbanism.” Journal of Green Building Volume 3 Number 2.
  • Schroepfer, Thomas, et al. 2007-2010. TransUrban Case Studies 1-5. Cambridge: Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
  • Schroepfer, Thomas, and Liat Margolis. 2006. “Integrating Material Culture.” In Journal of Architectural Education Issue 60 Volume 2.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2005. Relational Geographies of Building Practice, 2 vols. Cambridge: Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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