Prof Dr Gerhard SCHMITT
Principal Investigator of Big Data-Informed Urban Design
& Founding Director of Singapore-ETH Centre
Gerhard Schmitt is Professor of Information Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), founding Director of the Singapore-ETH Centre in Singapore, and ETH Zurich Senior Vice President for ETH Global. His work focuses on the definition and design of Information Architecture (iA) as the next level of Computer Aided Architecture Design (CAAD). The creation of a simulation, visualisation and interaction platform for the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is at the centre of his research, which focuses on the development of intelligent design support systems using artificial intelligence methods.
From 1998 - 2008, he served as Vice President for Planning and Logistics and Member of the Board of ETH Zurich. He directed the development of ETH's strategy and planning in cooperation with the 16 scientific departments and the central administration. In 2000, he initiated the development of a third and virtual campus, named ETH World, with an international master plan competition.
In 2003, Prof Schmitt initiated the concept for Science City, ETH's new campus in Zurich, a revolutionary interchange between ETH Zurich and the public. In 2007, he initiated the transition of ETH Science City towards a zero carbon emission campus. Prof Schmitt's efforts in developing and transforming ETH Science City earned him the European Culture of Science Award in 2010.
European Culture of Science Award 2010