Erwin Viray

Head of Pillar

Email: rejva_ivenl@fhgq.rqh.ft
Telephone: +65 6876 4482
Research Interests:
Architecture and Sustainable Design and Practice, Design Knowledge and Learning, Smart Cities, Design Thinking

Pillar / Cluster: Architecture and Sustainable Design

Biography

Erwin Viray was Global Excellence Professor at Kyoto Institute of Technology and Head of the Graduate School of Architecture and Design in 2012 for two years. In addition, he holds several professional leadership roles including Chief Communications Officer for the Kyoto Design Lab and a member of the Singapore President’s Design Awards jury since 2012 and the Chair of the jury since 2013. He is also an Award Ambassador for the HolcimLafarge Awards in Asia Pacific, a jury chair of archiprixSEA 2012 and 2016, a member of management board the TOTO Gallery MA, an Advisory Council member for the Barcelona Institute of Architecture. Erwin has been Editor of the influential magazine, a+u (Architecture + Urbanism) since 1996.

Erwin’s research passions revolve around the influence of new technologies and their related tools in broadening the impact of architecture.

For the past four years he has led the introduction of many new tools and technologies at KIT and driven a curriculum which balances between traditional architecture and new technologies. At KIT, collaboration is established with students from Harvard GSD and ETH-Zurich to work with masters student in Japan to explore the city and the gardens of Kyoto through spatial 3D design point cloud scanning and sound documentation.

Erwin is inspired by Singapore’s Prime Minister’s Smart Nation initiative, which seeks to understand how architecture and design can work with new technologies to create new experiences and spaces.

Education

  • Doctor of Engineering (Architecture) The University of Tokyo
  • Master of Engineering (Architecture) Kyoto Institute of Technology
  • BSArchitecture (cum laude) University of the Philippines

Selected Publication

  • The Beauty of Materials: When Surfaces Start to move, Kyoritsu Publishing, 2002; The Asian Everyday: possibilities in a shifting world, TOTO Publishing, 2015; Kerry Hill: Crafting Modernism, Thames and Hudson, 2013; Christian Kerez: Uncertain Certainty, TOTO Publishing, 2013; Studio Mumbai Praxis, TOTO Publishing, 2012; Herzog & de Meuron: 2002-2006, A+U Publications, 2007; Herzog & de Meuron: 1978-2002, A+U Publications, 2002; Peter Zumthor, A+U Publications, 1998.

Awards

  • Japan Foundation Fellowship
  • Council of Europe – Swedish Institute Fellowship
  • Kyoto City Grand Vision Appreciation