Liss C. Werner-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Liss C. Werner

George N. Pauly, Jr. Fellow

Office: MMCH 309


Liss C. Werner is a German Architect, who recently has been awarded the George N. Pauly, Jr. Fellowship to join Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture as visiting professor. At CMU she runs the upper level computational studio X ‘Codes in the Clouds’ and the seminar ‘Architecture and Cybernetics’. She is a registered architect at the Architektenkammer Berlin and founder of Tactile Architecture - Office for SystemArchitektur, based in Berlin since 2007. 

The studio ‘Codes in the Clouds’ was formed in 2010 at DIA (Dessau Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Sciences) and is concerned with the exploration of code-based computational tools to provoke an architectural vocabulary that allows architecture to depart from the 19th century understanding of predetermined static form and the establishment of Euclidian space per-se towards an architecture of cybernetics, self-organization, agent-based formations and biological understanding. The studio is looking at growth of sublime, philosophically and tectonically challenging generation of form to arrive at architectural prototypes as emergent rule-based organism. ‘Codes in the Clouds’ focuses on the development of explorative architecture derived through behavioral logic and scripting using ‘Processing’. We are interested in developing dynamic design strategies and cross-disciplinary design thinking. We do believe that ‘FORM is a VERB and not a noun’. Issues of digital and plastic tectonics are mainly tested through digital fabrication media and reflect on surface topographies and tactility of the past. ‘Codes in the Clouds’ is currently exhibiting at the 13th Venice Biennale 2012 in the Slovenian pavilion in conjunction with Maribor 2112AI 100YC, the European capital of culture 2012.

As practicing project architect, Liss worked mainly on redevelopment projects, residential projects and competitions in the UK, Germany and Russia. As architectural teacher and researcher she has been teaching studio and lecturing since 2002 in London, Nottingham and DIA, and was invited as critic at University of Liverpool, the Bartlett and TU Berlin. She contributed to a variety of conferences, symposia and workshops in the UK, Ukraine and Germany (ANCB, Design Modeling Symposium 2011), co-organized and spoke at summer academy ars11, Digital Week at DIA 2011 and was invited to lecture at Kunstuniversität Linz at the Institute for raum & designstrategien and at the FH Kaiserslautern.

Liss C. Werner received her Master of Architecture with commendation from The Bartlett in London, for which she also received the Peter-Fuld Scholarship for talented students. Prior she studied at RMIT in Melbourne and University of Westminster where she received the DeVere Urban Design Prize and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with 1st class honors.

Liss is a member of the American Society of Cybernetics (ASC), Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) and registered architect in Germany. Currently Liss is writing her doctoral thesis in “Architecture and Cybernetics with focus on Gordon Pask” at Humboldt University, Berlin. 

Curriculum Vitae

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