Prof. Dr. Norbert Palz
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. From 2015 to 2019, Palz was project manager of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Research Cluster ArcInTex on the subject of textile architectures at building scale.
From 2015 to 2019 Palz was Vice-Dean of the College of Architecture, Media and Design and from 2018 to 2020 First Vice-President of the Berlin University of the Arts. On 12 December 2019 he was elected as new President of the Berlin University of the Arts. His five-year term of office began on 1 April 2020.