Philippe Block will be presenting the public lecture:

‘Novel Masonry Shells – Learning from the Gothic Master Builders’

This will be held at 6pm drinks for a 6:30pm start on Wednesday, 10th October 2012 , Level 5, UTS School of Architecture (located directly behind the lifts), Faculty of DAB (Building 6), 702 – 730 Harris St, Broadway 2007

Philippe Block is Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland with research interests in the fields of novel form-finding methods, masonry construction and sustainable building technology. He is leading the BLOCK Research Group which focuses on the development of innovative structural design tools. He is both engineer and architect, trained at the VUB, Belgium and MIT, USA, where he also obtained a PhD in structural engineering. As partner of Ochsendorf, DeJong & Block, LLC, he applies his research into practice on the structural assessment of historic monuments and the design and engineering of novel compression structures, with projects ranging from unreinforced vaults in cut stone to appropriate construction projects in developing countries. He has won several awards for his research and work; has lectured worldwide, invited at top universities as well as leading engineering and architecture offices; did consulting for cutting-edge architects and artists, among them Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid Architects, Olafur Eliasson… His work has been exhibited at the Architecture Biennale 2012 in Venice, Italy.

 Images Credit: Philippe Block