Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmitt
Director of Singapore-ETH Centre
Gerhard Schmitt is Professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zurich and director of the Singapore-ETH Centre in Singapore.
Since 2006, Gerhard Schmitt concentrates on the definition and design of Information Architecture (IA) as the next level of Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD). The creation of a simulation, visualization and interaction platform for Future Cities is at the centre of his research. Gerhard Schmitt established the CAAD curriculum and research program since 1988 when he became Professor at ETH Zurich. His courses included design computing and programming, collaborative and shared authorship design, and global virtual design studios. His research focused on the development of intelligent design support systems, using artificial intelligence methods.
From 1998-2008 he was Vice President for Planning and Logistics of ETH Zurich. In 2000, he initiated the development of a third, virtual campus, named ETH World with an international master plan competition. In 2003, he devised the concept for Science City, ETH’s new campus in Zurich; in 2004, he initiated the development of the master plan; in 2006, the international competition for the best integrated urban scale sustainability concept; and in 2007, the energy concept to reduce CO2 output by 50% in 10 years.