Dr Matthias Hank Haeusler

PhD (Architecture), SIAL / RMIT; DipEng (Architecture), HFT Stuttgart, Germany

Discipline Director of Computational Design Bachelor degree at UNSW, and Senior Lecturer

Dr Hank Haeusler is a project collaborator with the City Concepts study, lending his expertise in spatial and built environment design. Through the City Concepts study, he hopes to discover new forms of engaging with screens in the public domain, as well as a better understanding of how content could be developed together with the design of the media facade or screen.

Outside of the City Concepts study, Hank is the discipline director of the Computational Design Bachelor degree at the University of New South Wales, as well as a senior lecturer. In recent years, Hank has collaborated with many different projects, including the Orhkestra installation in Frankfurt and Sydney, which pushed the concept of what a screen could be.

Hank has a very strong industry focus in his research. He wants to understand industry problems and find solutions with academic research. Thanks to these strong industry links, Hank has worked with several key players in architecture and design, both in Australia and internationally.

One of Hank’s strong industry relationships comes through his work with AHL LED, a LED company based in Shenzhen, China. AHL LED is a research-focused LED producer that pushes hard to constantly improve their products and their thinking about media architecture. Together with AHL LED, Hank has developed nearly ten different projects in which they explored the boundaries what is possible with LEDs and LED control software.

Hank’s research focuses on implementing screens, LEDs and sensors into the built environment to enable smart and ubiquitous city concepts. Currently, his research is particularly interested in integrating LEDs into architectural surfaces using computational design methods, in order to construct responsive environments.

In 2009, Hank published ‘Media Facades – History, Technology, Content’, later followed by ‘New Media Facades – a global survey’ which was co-authored with Dr Martin Tomitsch and Dr Gernot Tscherteu. These two books have influenced many of the ideas and discussions within the City Concepts study.

Due to his long-lasting involvement and research in media architecture, last year Hank was a visiting professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, China. CAFA and China are very much interested in media architecture because their cities are already highly populated by urban screens; now they need to know how to transform these screens from advertisement boards into displays with meaningful location-based information.

Dr Martin Tomitsch and Hank also provide a space for media architecture discussions – the Media Architecture Institute. This space is used by speakers and key figures in media architecture around the globe. Together, Hank and Martin have organised several international events over the last few years, such as the Media Facade Summit in Frankfurt and Hong Kong, as well as the Media Architecture Biennale in Aarhus and exhibitions here in Sydney. Planning is underway for 2015 events in Beijing and Boston with two Media Facade Summits, followed by the highlight in 2016 – hosting the Media Architecture Biennale in Chatswood Council, Greater Sydney.

Contact Details:
Email: m.haeusler@unsw.edu.au
Website: http://www.be.unsw.edu.au/profile/matthias-hank_haeusler
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/m-hank-haeusler/10/981/409
Twitter: @UNSWCoDe and @mediafacades