Key position for White when the EU invests in research on digital design

White arkitekter and the KTH School of Architecture get key positions in the international research network InnoChain to develop new digital design methods. The EU has invested 4 million Euro in a consortium of six internationally recognised academic research institutions and 14 pioneering industry partners.

InnoChain (Building Innovation in the Extended Digital Chain) is an interdisciplinary network that links research institutions with professional practice from architecture, engineering, design software development and fabrication. Six European research institutions and 14 leading practices from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Austria, Switzerland and the UK join forces under the Horizon 2020 programme, examining how advanced digital design tools can positively challenge future building culture, enabling more sustainable, better informed and materially smarter design solutions.

Jonas Runberger, architect, Director of White’s Dsearch development environment for research and methodology in parametric design and Adjunct Professor at KTH:
– With InnoChain, we will be able to provide young researchers and specialists in digital design the opportunity to develop new knowledge in relation to real architectural commissions. Furthermore, White will be able to contribute to the European research agenda for applied digital design. The collaboration also strengthens our own research and development, says Jonas Runberger, architect at White and Adjunct Professor at KTH.

The pioneering network has recently received a 4 million Euro grant from the EU’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions programme under Horizon 2020 and will include 15 new doctoral projects within the fields of architecture and engineering. The doctoral researchers will be enrolled at the partner research institutions and InnoChain’s 14 industry partners will offer hands-on experience, exposing them to the applied reality of situated research and development across the digital chain.

The consortium also includes a programme of joint research events, including workshop-seminars, colloquia, a summer school and research courses. The project is led by Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen.

– The InnoChain project collates outstanding research competence in the field of digital design innovation. White provides an innovative research environment as well as an advanced architecture practise, in close relation to academic networks, says Malin Zimm, Director of Research and Development at White.

The PhD positions will soon be advertised on the project website:

For more information, contact:
Jonas Runberger, architect at White and Adjunct Professor at KTH, Director of the Dsearch development environment, a part of the Digital design & BIM area at White
+46 (0)8-402 2694

Malin Zimm, Director of Research and Development at White
+46(0)8-402 25 52

Further information on InnoChain:
Professor Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen: kd.kd1503489609ak@ne1503489609smoht1503489609.ette1503489609m1503489609

Hi-res image:
The completed interior installation for Quality Hotel Globe, produced directly from a parametric model. Photo: Thomas Zaar. Download hi-res image.

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