Ludger Hovestadt is Professor of Architecture and CAAD (Computer-Aided Architectural Design) at the Institute for Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich. Between 1997 and 2000 Ludger Hovestadt was a visiting professor in the Department of CAAD at University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 2000, he was appointed Full Professor at the Department of Architecture at ETH. Since 2018 he is a Visiting Professor at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.
He studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen, Germany and the HfG in Vienna, Austria. Upon completion of his diploma in 1987, he started his academic career with Prof. Fritz Haller at TU Karlsruhe for whom he worked as a scientific researcher for over ten years. Under his supervision Ludger Hovestadt completed his doctorate at TU Karlsruhe and Carnegie Mellon in 1994, expanding Haller’s school of thought of minimalist-functional mannerism into the digital domain, thereby laying the foundations for digital architectonics
Ludger Hovestadt is architect and computer scientist and since 2000 professor for computer aided architectural design at the ETH Zürich. He is working at the borderline of calculability and brings complex information technology into disposal for architecture. He is founder of several companies in the fields of digital fabrication, smart buildings and the digitalization of our energy grids. Since 2009 his focus of research shifted towards basic research on architecture and information. His most important publications are: ‘Beyond the Grid - Architecture and Information Technology’ (2009), ‘Printed Physics - Metalithicum Series Vol. 1’ (2012), ‘SHEAVES when things are, whatever can be the case’ (2013) und ‘Eigenarchitecture - Computability as Literacy’ (2014), ‘A Quantum City, Mastering the Generic’ (2015),'A Genius Planet: Energy: From Scarcity to Abundance – a Radical Pathway’ (2017) and 'Atlas of Digital Architecture: Terminology, Concepts, Methods, Tools, Examples, Phenomena’ (2020).