Prof. Dipl.Ing. Dr. techn. Günther Filz

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Filz

Personal Data

1973

born in Austria

M.Eng Membrane Structures

Professor of Structures and Architecture at ARTS ° Department of Architecture and ENG ° Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University, Rakentajanaukio 4 A, 02150 Espoo, Finland


CV Summery

Günther H. Filz (born 1973, Austria) is an architect and engineer. He has been Assoc. Professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and Professor in Structures and Architecture at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

He received his Diploma degree (2000) in Architecture with distinction from the University of Innsbruck and worked amongst others for Eisenman Architects, NYC. Günther completed his Doctorate in Architecture with distinction from the University of Innsbruck and was appointed Assistant Professor in 2010. He also holds a Master degree in Engineering with distinction from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Since 2015, he has also been member of the Bundesingenieurkammer Deutschland. From 2013 to 2017 he has been Vice-Dean and Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck. In 2015 he completed his tenure track period and was promoted Associate Professor. Dr. Günther Filz has been appointed Professor of Structures and Architecture at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and at the School of Engineering on 19 December 2016.

Günther H. Filz has been internationally invited Visiting Professor, lecturer and workshop instructor. Besides his studio work, his numerous research pavilions and other scientific/artistic achievements have been widely published, exhibited and awarded. Günther H. Filz is editor and author of innumerable scientific papers, articles and books.

His research and teaching centers on the intersection of architecture, structure and geometry. His interest has especially been on the profound changes that selforganizing forms and processes instigate in the way architecture is thought, designed and built. His “fat-free-design” approach results in intelligent, innovative and sustainable lightweight structures.

Research interests

  • Lightweight structures, Architectural Membranes, Grid/Shells and Folding
  • Bending Active Structures
  • Selforganizing Forms and Processes
  • Architectural Geometry
  • Kinematic Structures
  • Design-Build experimental structures

Awards

  • “Leaning Walls”, Nomination to “Holzbaupreis 2015” pro:Holz, category Art and Architecture, Innsbruck, Austria, 2015
  • “2Landscapes”, Nomination to “Holzbaupreis 2015” pro:Holz, category Art and Architecture, Innsbruck, Austria, 2015
  • Achievement scholarship for the PhD-Thesis in Architecture from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, 2010
  • Award of Excellence 2000 (Würdigungspreis der Bundesministerin für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur 2000 der Republik Österreich) from the Ministry for Education, Science and Culture, Republic of Austria, Vienna, 2000
  • Achievement scholarship for the Diploma-Thesis in Architecture from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, 1999
  • Student of the Year - Award “Experimental Architecture” University of Innsbruck, Austria, 1998

Memberships

  • Advisory Board of AFO – Alpines Forschungszentrum Obergurgl (AFO - Alpine Research Centre Obergurgl, Austria) since 2015
  • Member of IASS (International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures) and Member of SMG (Structural Morphology Group) since 2011
  • Member of TensiNet association, since 2011
  • Low Energy Adviser, training by Energie Tirol, since 1996
  • Member of the non-profit Association for Renewable Energies, Austria (ARGE Erneuerbare Energie), since 1991

Publications and Scientific Community Services

  • Since 2010 more than 50 publications
  • Member of editorial board/scientific committee of several international conferences