October 12, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) at the University of Calgary recently announced Branko Kolarevic as Haworth Chair in Environmental Design. In this position, Kolarevic will concentrate on research and teaching in integrated design, bringing together a broad range of field scales, technologies, approaches and sectors. As chair, he will effectively work with both the academy and industry communities by disseminating valid, vital and thought-provoking research back into the community.
“The Haworth Chair will expose students in EVDS to innovative learning experiences in the emerging area of digital design and fabrication, a field that reaches across the disciplines of environmental design. Dr. Kolarevic will contribute to further equipping students in the Faculty of Environmental Design as innovators in their fields,” said Loraine D. Fowlow, Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture. “We are thrilled that Haworth has partnered with EVDS to provide unique and valuable research and teaching opportunities, and look forward to continuing to work with Haworth on furthering developments in this field.”
Prior to his appointment at the University of Calgary, Kolarevic was the Irving Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ball State University in Indiana. He has taught architecture at several universities in North America, most recently at the University of Pennsylvania, and in Asia. He has lectured worldwide on the use of digital media in design and construction and has authored or edited several books, including recently published Performative Architecture: Beyond Instrumentality (with Ali Malkawi) and Architecture in the Digital Age: Design and Manufacturing. He is the past president of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in design from Harvard University and a diploma engineer in architecture degree from the University of Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia.
Recently, Kolarevic was announced the winner of the prestigious 2007 Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) Award for Innovative Research. This award recognizes innovative research that contributes to the field of digital design in architecture. Kolarevic accepted the award at a ceremony during the ACADIA conference held on October 6th in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Kolarevic spoke at the Architectural Record Innovation 07 Conference on October 10th in New York alongside Ali Malkawi. Together, they introduced performative architecture as an emerging design paradigm in which building performance, broadly understood, becomes a guiding design principle. Additional engagements include the “Tech Talks” lecture series at Columbia University on Friday, October 12th, and the Fall Lecture Series at the University of Colorado in Denver on Monday, November 5th.