Thomas Schroepfer

Professor and Associate Head of Pillar

Email: gubznf.fpuebrcsre@fhgq.rqh.ft
Telephone: +65 6303 6675
Research Interests:
Environmental Strategies in Architecture and Urban Design, Climate-Responsive Design Optimisation and Integration, Advanced Design Methods and Building Processes, Innovative Building Structure and Form

Pillar / Cluster: Architecture and Sustainable Design

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 Associate Head of Pillar of Architecture and Sustainable Design, founding Co-Director of the SUTD-JTC I³ Centre and founding Director of the University’s award-winning Advanced Architecture Laboratory. He held visiting professorships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and National University of Singapore. In 2015, he was appointed member of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Future Cities Laboratory Steering and Management 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, 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 has been sought-out as a keynote speaker at international symposiums and workshops. His work has been exhibited at important international venues, including at the World Architecture Festival, Venice Architecture Biennale and World Congress of Architecture. He is the author of numerous papers and articles on architecture and urban design. His book publications 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. 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 and Harvard Design Magazine. Most recent projects include ‘The Future of Us’ Pavilion for Singapore’s 50th Jubilee (SG50) capstone event.

Professor Schroepfer is the recipient of prestigious awards and recognitions including the World Architecture Festival High Commendation, A’ Design Platinum Award, Architizer A+Awards Special Mention, Singapore Structural Steel Excellence Trophy Award, Singapore Design Gold Award, SG Mark Award, Singapore Institute of Architects Award, Gwangju Design Biennale Award and International Union of Architects Award.

Education Background

  • 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. 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

  • Recipient of World Architecture Festival High Commendation
  • Recipient of A’ Design Platinum Award
  • Recipient of Architizer A+Awards Special Mention
  • Recipient of Singapore Structural Steel Excellence Trophy Award
  • Invited exhibitor at Museum of Outstanding Design Como, Italy
  • Recipient of Singapore Design Gold Award
  • Recipient of SG Mark Award
  • Steering and Management Committee member of Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory
  • Series editor of SpringerBriefs in Architectural Design and Technology
  • Recipient of Singapore University of Technology and Design Outstanding Education Award for Excellence in Professional Service
  • Jury member of Singapore Institute of Architects Design Awards
  • Jury member of Singapore Green Building Awards
  • Invited exhibitor at Venice Architecture Biennale
  • Invited exhibitor at Singapore National Design Centre
  • Recipient of 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
  • Recipient of Gwangju Design Biennale Award
  • Recipient of International Union of Architects Award
  • Invited exhibitor 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 2017. Computational Strategies for Ecological Urban Architecture and Design. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Schroepfer, Thomas. Forthcoming 2017. “Dense and Green Building Typologies.” In Indicia 01, edited by Stephen Cairns and Tunas DevisariZürich: Lars Müller Publishers.

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

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

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2014. “Generative Design Approaches to Tropical Urban Architecture.” In Time Space Existence, edited by Karlyn de Jongh. Venice: La Biennale di Venezia.

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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.
  • 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. “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. 2011. Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality. Basel: Birkhäuser.

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  • Schroepfer, Thomas. 2011. “Particular Matters.” Pidgin Magazine 10.
  • 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 Volume 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 1-4. Cambridge: 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. Cambridge: Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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