Associate Professor of Architecture

Ingeborg Rocker is an Associate Professor of Architecgture since July 2011 and prior to that was Assistant Professor of Architecture at the GSD since 2005. She teaches in the core architecture studio sequence, is the coordinator of the 2nd semester MArch 1 core Studios, and coordinates the GSDigital workshops. Furthermore she gives courses and seminars on contemporary architectural theory and manufacturing techniques.

Rocker received the Diploma in Architecture (summa cum laude) from the Rheinisch-Westfaellische Technische Hochschule Aachen, the MS in Advanced Architectural Design (with distinction) from Columbia University, and the Master of Arts from Princeton University. She has taught at Princeton and at the University of Pennsylvania and she was a visiting scholar at the Humbold University in Berlin (2001-2002).

At Princeton University, Rocker presented her Ph.D. entitled “Emerging Structures: Information Aesthetics and Architectures of the Digital Medium,” which examined the influence of information theory and early computer technology on the discourse and production of architecture in Postwar Germany. In the focus of the dissertation are the developments of Max Bense’s information aesthetics and the search at the HfG Ulm for an appropriate aesthetic theory and teachning pedagogy. Given the technological, social and political changes that world war 2 had brought about Europe a continuation of the Bauhaus aesthetics and pedagogies - as they had been developed in Weimar Germany - seemed no longer appropriated.

Overall, Rocker’s theoretical work is devoted to questions regarding the impact of media on the perception, production, and thinking of architecture. As a designer and teacher of design, she deploys computer modeling as a tool for giving form to theoretical hypotheses in a didactic way. Rocker’s ongoing research has been widely publicized through numerous international magazines and books.  

During the period 1996-1999 she was Project Architect at Eisenman Architects in New York, where she directed the design teams for several of the most renowned projects in that office, including the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, the Virtual House Competition, the ITT Campus Center Competition, and the Staten Island Institute for Arts and Sciences.

Since 2005 she co-founded and co-directs with Christian Lange Rocker-Lange Architects, a Boston and Hong Kong based Architectural firm. It has led to a number of internationally recognized projects and furniture designs, including the urban-adopter, a flexible street furniture. Rocker-Lange Architects’ work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia, most recently at the Venice Biennale 2010 and presently at the Quotidian Architectures Venice Biennale Response Exhibition in Hong Kong, that opened at the end of April 2011.

Projects + Research

RESEARCH

• 2010 to present
Systems of Multiplicity – Parametric Architecture and Urbanism

2009 to present
On The Bri(n)ck 0-2: Architecture of the Envelope
From Structures and Claddings

2003 to present
Versioning: Serial Multiplicities

 2003 to 2010
Emerging Structures: Information Aesthetics and Architectures of the Digital Medium
 

PROJECTS Rocker Lange Architects, (selection)

2012
Extending Urban and Architectural Typologies for Hong Kong
Location: Hong Kong 
Design year: 2011|2012
Construction year: 2012
Client: Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale 

 Present - 2011
“Revisited: New Shi-Ku-Men Lilong I + II” | Extending Urban and Architectural Typologies for Shanghai
Location: Shanghai, China
Design year: 2011 - ongoing
Research Project

 2011
Busan Opera House
Location: Busan, Korea
Design year: 2011
Competition entry

 2010
Serial Architecture: 125 Tower Versions for Hong Kong
Location: Hong Kong Pavilion,
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Design year: 2010
Construction year: 2010

 2010
Architectural Envelopes: Communicating space
Location: New Orleans, USA
DesCours Art and Architecture Exhibition 2010
Design year: 2010
Competition entry

 2010
Tokyo Fashion Museum, Omotesando
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Design year: 2010
Competition entry

 2010
Urban Adaptor Family
Location: Zhuhai, China
Design year: 2010-11
Construction year: 2011
Client: confidential


Project + Research Images
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Barrie Shelton, The Making of Hong Kong: from vertical to volumetric / Barrie Shelton, Justyna Karakiewicz [and] Thomas Kvan
Barrie Shelton, The Making of Hong Kong: from vertical to volumetric / Barrie Shelton, Justyna Karakiewicz [and] Thomas Kvan
Barrie Shelton, The Making of Hong Kong: from vertical to volumetric / Barrie Shelton, Justyna Karakiewicz [and] Thomas Kvan
Publications

BOOKS
Emerging Structures: Information Aesthetics and Architectures of the Digital Medium (Princeton: Princeton University, PH.D., Summer 2010), 908 pages.
• Re-Coded: Studio Rocker Exhibition Catalogue, (Berlin: Aedes Gallery, 2005), 156 pages.
• Emerging Structures: Information Aesthetics and the Arts of the Digital Medium (submitting for MIT Press) Forthcoming.
• Emerging Structures: Changing pedagogies at the HfG Ulm (submitting for MIT Press) Forthcoming.
• Computation takes command: Computational Constructs and Constructions (preliminary title) Forthcoming.
 

CHAPTERS+CONTRIBUTIONS IN BOOKS
• “A productive crisis of meaning in Architecture | Metaphors and Models: From similarities in dissimilars, and dissimilarities in similars,” In, Gerber, Andri, Patterson, Brent (eds.), Metaphors in/on Architecture and Urbanism, (Transcript, Bielefeld, 2012), xxx.
• “Calculated: formal excesses of digital ornaments” InJörg Gleiter (ed.), Digital. Material. Structural: Ornament Today, (Univerlag, Botzen, 2011), xxx.
• “Computation | Design Speculations 2011.” In Jason S. Johnson, Joshua M. Taron, Vera Parlac, and Branko Kolarevic (eds.) Proceedings Acadia Conference 2011, (Calgary, Canada),14-17.
• “Urban Encounters: Design informing future living Scenarios?” In Winka Doubbledam, Roland Snooks, Ferda Kolatan (eds.), New Normal, (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2011), 18-19.
• “Parametric Prototypes.” In, Tom Verebes (ed.), New Computational Paradigms: Parametrics & Prototypes," (Xi'an: XUAUT Publications, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology).
• “Recursions: Emerging Structures of Computer Generated Art and Architecture.” In, Tomas Valena, Tom Avermaete and George Vrachliotis (eds.), Strukturalismus in Architektur & Städtebau reloaded. Book collaboration of the Hochschule München, the TU Delft and the ETH Zurich. (Achim Menges Verlag, Stuttgart, 2011), 304 - 314.
• “Interface: between Analog and Digital Systems.” In Aaron Sprecher, Shai Yeshayahu, and Pablo Lorenzo Eiroa (eds.), Proceedings Acadia Conference 2010, (New York City: The Cooper Union, USA).
• “Computation in command? Fading Flamboyant Architectural Aesthetics.” In: Proceedings Second International Conference on Critical Digital: ‚Who cares?’ 18-19 April 2009,  Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, ed. Kostas Terzidis, (Cambridge: Harvard University, 2009), 9 – 11.
• “Berechneter Zufall. Max Benses Informationsästhetik.” In D. Gethmann, S. Hauser (Hg.) Kulturtechnik Entwerfen: Praktiken, Konzepte und Medien in Architektur und Design Science, (Bielefeld: transcript, 2009), 245 – 268.
• “Architectures of the Digital Realm: Experimentations by Peter Eisenman | Frank O. Gehry.” In J. Gleiter, N. Korrek, G. Zimmerman (Hg.), Die Realität des Imaginären - Architektur und das digitale Bild, 10. Inter-nationales Bauhaus Kolloquium Weimar 2007, (Weimar: Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, 2008), 249 – 262.
• “Versioning: Architecture as series?“In Proceedings First International Conference on Critical Digital: ‚What Matter (s)?’ 18-19 April 2008, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, ed. Kostas Terzidis, (Cambridge: Harvard University, 2008), 157 – 169.
• “Das Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas in Berlin: Erinnern, Bewahren, Hinterfragen.” In R. Sörries (Hg.), Creating Identities, Die Funktion von Gra-bmalen und öffent-lichen Denkmalen in Gruppenbildungs-prozessen, Internationale Fachtagung vom 30. Oktober bis 2. November 2003, Zentralinstitut und Museum für Sepulkral-kultur, Kasseler Studien zur Sepulkralkultur 11, (Kassel: Sepulkral-Museum, 2007), 284 – 297.
• “Fugitive Realities: Konrad Fiedler.” In A. T. Tymieniecka (Hg.), Metamorphosis: Creative Imagination in Fine Arts Between Life- Projects and Human Aesthetic Aspirations, Serie Analecta Husserliana, Vol. 81. (Dordrecht: Springer-Kluver Academic Publishers, 2003), 155 - 173.
• “The Virtual: The Unform in Architecture.” In Das Virtuelle Haus, (Cologne: König, 1998), 108-123.

ARTICLES
“Distortions: Projections and Buildings: An interview with Preston Scott Cohen” Log, (Spring 2012): xx-xx.
• “A propos Parametricism: If, in what style should we build?” Log, (January 2011): 89-100. 
• “Analyzing Peter Eisenman, ” Constructs, Yale School of Architecture (Fall 2010): 10-11.
• “Interview: Idea driven Practices,” Harvard Design Magazine, no 32, (Spring/Summer 2010): 106-113. 
• “Vom Ornament zum Muster: Ästhetische Strukturen der 60er Jahre,” Zona (Beilage Abitare 494) 4, (August 2009): 18–22. Engl. u. Germ. Translation X-XVI.
• “Digital Revolution: Feedback between Architecture, Technology, and Culture,” Book Review, Ali Rahim, Catalytic Formations: Architecture and Digital Design, (London and New York: Taylor and Francis, 2006). The Architect’s Newspaper, (June 2006): 30 - 33. 
• “Greg Lynn: Algorithmic Form,” Programming Cultures: Design, Science and Software ed. Mike Silver, Architectural Design (London) Vol. 6, (August 2006): 88 - 97. 
• “When code matters,” Programming Cultures: Design, Science and Software ed. Mike Silver, Architectural Design (London) Vol. 6, (August 2006): 16-25.
“Virtuale: Il Senza Forma In Architettura: Di Ingeborg Rocker,” Parametro, online magazine http://www.parametro.it/estratto252-253-it6.htm
• “Versioning In-forming Architectures,” Versioning Evolutionary Techniques in Architecture, ed. Mike Silver, Architectural Design (London) Vol. 72 (Sep./Oct. 2002): 10 - 17.
• “Memorizing, Maintaining, Questioning: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Peter Eisenman,” Progetti e opere, I Quaderni De L’Industrie delle Construzione, (Rome, Nov. 1998): 55 - 63.
• “The Virtual: The Unform in Architecture,” InterCommunication (tokyo) No. 24, (Spring 1998): 30-33.
• “The Virtual: The Unform in Architecture,” The Virtual House, Any Magazine (New York) No. 19/20, (1997): 10-15

Education
Princeton University
2010 Ph.D.

Princeton University
2003 Master of Arts in History and Theory of Architecture

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
1996 Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design

Rheinisch-Westfaellische Technische Hochschule Aachen
1995 Diploma in Architecture

Design + Development by:
Lauren Kim + Wes Thomas