Keynote speakers to the conference: Matias del Campo and Thomas Bock
Prof.Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bock
Prof.Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bock
The research activities of Prof. Bock (b. 1957) center on automation and robotics in construction. All stages are examined, from planning through building activity and useful life to renovation and demolition.
After studying architecture at the University of Stuttgart and the IIT in Chicago, Prof. Bock did his doctorate at the University of Tokyo. He is the director at the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction in Eindhoven, the Asian Habitat Society in Beijing and the International Institute of Construction Information in Tokyo. Prof. Bock is an advisor to the French Ministère de l’Emploi, de la Cohésion Sociale et du Logement . He is a member of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus . Prof. Bock is also involved in editing “Robotica”, “Automation in Construction”, the “International Journal of Construction Management” and the journal “ACADEMIE”.
Ass.Prof. Matias Del Campo
Ass.Prof. Matias del Campo
University of Michigan, SPAN Architects
Matias del Campo is a registered architect, designer and educator. His obsessive explorations of contemporary moods are fueled by the opulent repertoire of materialization protocols in nature, cutting-edge technologies and philosophical inquiry which together form a comprehensive design ecology. In 2003 he cofounded the architectural practice SPAN in Vienna, together with Sandra Manninger, he currently serves as Associate Professor of Architecture at the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.
SPAN gained wide recognition for its winning competition entry for the Austrian Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, as well as the new Brancusi Museum in Paris, France.
The practice’s work was featured at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, at ArchiLab 2013 at the FRAC Centre, Orléans, France, the 2008 and 2010 Architecture Biennale in Beijing, and in the 2011 solo show ‘Formations’ at the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna. In 2017 their work was shown in a solo exhibition at the Fab Union Gallery in Shanghai China. Most recently Matias del Campo was awarded the Accelerate@CERN fellowship, served as Technical Chair of the ACADIA Conference and guest edited an edition of AD, Architectural Design published by Wiley in London, UK. His newest book “Sublime Bodies”, published by Tongji Press in Shanghai, was launched on March 22nd 2017.