Dr. Johan Verbeke Lecture-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dr. Johan Verbeke Lecture

Thursday, April, 4:30-6:00

photoDr. Johan Verbeke, Professor
School of Architecture Sint-Lucas (W&K)
15th Faculty of Catholic University of Leuven

University Lecture Series Speaker
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

April 2 - 7, 2013

Thursday, April 4 4:30-6:00 Lecture at Porter 100 [Provost’s Office]

“Developments in Higher Education in Europe and its impact on arts, architecture and design” Abstract: Since the Bologna Declaration by 27 Minister of Education in Europe, the context and policy in higher education has been steadily changing. The talk will briefly introduce the important impact on education, research as well as the external branding in general, and then focus on the impact on the fields of arts, architecture and design. It will especially elaborate on developments in research (artistic research and research by design) and the changes this is triggering in the schools."

Graduated in 1984, worked at the department of Computer Science of the KULeuven (Belgium) and received his PhD in 1991. In 2003 he also finished an MBA with focus on innovation, creativity and knowledge processes. Since 1991 he works for the School of Architecture Sint-Lucas, Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst. He has the position of full professor since 2004.

Since 1999 he became member of the Board of the head of school and was (and still is) responsible for research and the international relations. Between 2003 and 2009 he was the head of the School of Architecture Sint-Lucas with campuses in Brussels and Ghent.

His main interests were CAAD, new technologies used for designing and teaching and management processes in higher education. Recently, he started working on knowledge creation processes, especially in design disciplines: research by design and research based on and related to practice and designing.

Since 2004, he has been the creator and in charge of the Research Training Sessions (RTS) program of the School of Architecture Sint-Lucas to develop and stimulate ?research by designing? He is actively stimulating and supervising research connected to art, architectural and design practice and (co-)supervising 12 PhDs.

He is co-coordinating the GRC-EU in Ghent and has been frequently on panels at the GRCs in RMIT in Melbourne and Ghent.

He was coordinator of many international projects (e.g. AVOCAAD, AVOCAAD-stage and AVOCAAD-MULTI under Leonardo da Vinci, {ACCOLADE} under the EC Fifth Framework of Research, collaboration with the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Architecture by the Flemish Government, 3DEL under e-Learning, ?) and national projects (MECANO, DYNAMO, ?) and partner in many other projects (META, USO-BUILT, EU-USA, 3DEL, Oikodomos, ASPIS, ?). In these projects he brought the professional world and the academic research together to develop new ideas. He is also involved in the EC projects 3DEL and Oikodomos.

He organised 9 international conferences. He is author of many papers and editor of five books in the field of Computer Aided Architectural Design. Main area is the application of digital technology during the initial phases of the design process. He is the head of the CAAD Research group of the School.

He is Council member of eCAADe (Education and research on Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe), he is active as scientific reviewer for many international conferences including the Scientific Committee of the eCAADe, CAADRIA, EuropIA and ACADIA Conferences, yearly since 1998; president of the Scientific Committee and the Organizing Committee of the 4th International AVOCAAD Conference, April 2003, Brussels; the Scientific and Organizing Committee of the Conference ?The Unthinkable Doctorate?, Brussels, April 2005; ?Communicating (by) Design, April 2009.

He is editor of IJAC (International Journal of Architectural Computing) as well as JAR (Journal for Artistic Research).

He was evaluator and reviewer is the most recent European Framework for Research (FP5, FP6 and FP7), especially in the field of Digital Cultural Heritage.

He is editor of 5 books and published around 50 papers in the field of CAAD and research by design.