Prof. Dr. Norbert Palz
The Berlin University of the Arts elected Prof. Norbert Palz as Its New President on 12 December 2019. The elected candidate will be appointed by the Berlin Senate. Prof. Palz will take office at the earliest possible date; the term of office is five years. Since 2018 he is the First Vice President of the Berlin University of the Arts.
Norbert Palz was born in 1970 in Zweibrücken (Rhineland-Palatinate). After working as a draftsman at the architects Wandelhöfer Lorch in Saarbrücken and subsequent architectural studies at the TU Berlin, he worked at UN Studio in Amsterdam and NOX Architects in Rotterdam from 1999-2002. After the establishment of TARGADESIGN in 2003 (with Robert Banovic), an office for architecture and art production, he focused on digital design and fabrication processes in art projects for - among others - Olafur Eliasson (Your Mobile Expectations BMW H2R, Serpentine Pavilion 2007), Thomas Demand (Grotte, Serpentine Pavilion w / OMA 2005, Nagelhaus, Lehnbachhaus) and Monica Bonvicini (Turm München). The expansion of the artistic spectrum with the help of digital technologies was at the center of project development and artistic dialogue.
In 2007, he obtained a doctorate fellowship at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (KADAK), which he finished in 2012 with the completion of a doctorate for additive manufacturing methods in architecture. Norbert Palz co-organized the KADK Symposium "Parametric Approaches II: Computation and Material" and led numerous international workshops (eg Brighton, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Aalborg) on architectural topics in the context of computer-based modeling and modern building construction. He has extensive lecturing experience at home and abroad and exhibited at the 3rd International Architecture Biennial Beijing 2008 "[Im] material Processes" (curated by Neil Leach). After a professorship for "Digital Designing and Design" at the Münster School of Architecture, Norbert Palz joined the Berlin University of Arts in 2010 as a professor for "Digital and Experimental Design". He works in the context of art, architecture and technology. His technological, political and cultural-scientific approach to research and teaching is driven by interdisciplinary methods and didactics.
Since 2010, Norbert Palz focuses his research on the topic of CAD / CAM modeling, in particular the potentials of large-format additive fabrication. He also investigates the computer art of the post-war era and its theoretical and design significance for the contemporary computer-supported architecture design. Since 2015, Mr Palz has been project manager of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Research Cluster ArcInTex on the subject of textile architectures at building scale. He is a member of the DFG network "Adaptive reinforcement of geometrically complex cement-bound shaped bodies" and part of the newly created interdisciplinary working community "Additive Fabrication" (Berlin University of the Arts, Technische Universität Berlin, Fraunhofer Institute and others).