Hans-Rudolf Schalcher is Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland.
His main fields in teaching and research were systems engineering, project and corporate management, risk and quality management, real estate and infrastructure management and sustainable construction.
He worked as a civil engineer from 1969 after studying at the ETH Zurich. He completed his PhD in 1977 also at ETH Zurich with a thesis on communication in construction.
In 1990 he was appointed by the ETH as Professor for Planning & Management in Construction where he led various interdisciplinary research projects in the fields of project and real estate management, risk and stakeholder management, and sustainable development in urban environments.
Hans-Rudolf Schalcher became president of the Center for Integrated Planning in Construction (ZIPBau) at the ETH Zurich in 1993. He was Head of the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (1999-2005). He retired in 2009.
In 1996, he founded an ETH spinoff dealing with real estate management. Today, this consulting firm employs more than 50 people and is one of the top players in this field in Europe. Hans-Rudolf Schalcher was a Board Member from the beginning, and president of the board (2006-16).
Hans-Rudolf Schalcher chaired an expert team mandated by the Swiss Transportation Authority (BAV) to manage the construction risks of the new NEAT railway tunnels crossing the Swiss Alps (2003-16).
Since 2013 he also acts as President of the Steering Committee of Swiss National Research Program NRP 70 “Energy Turnaround”, which aims to identify approaches and contributions to sustainable energy policy in Switzerland. He was also a member of the Steering Committee of NRP 54 “Sustainable Development of the Built Environment” (2005-11).
Hans-Rudolf Schalcher was the representative of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation in all Holcim Awards juries in the first (2005/06), second (2008/09) and third (2011/12) cycles of the competition. He was moderator of the Holcim Forums on “Basic Needs” in Zurich (2004), “Urban_Trans_Formation” in Shanghai (2007), “Re-inventing Construction” in Mexico City (2010), and moderated the workshop “Retained Diversity” at “Economy of Sustainable Construction” in Mumbai (2013).
Hans-Rudolf Schalcher was a member of the Board since the inception of the Management Board of the Foundation in 2003 until December 2013, as well as a member of the Steering Committee. He created and chaired the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation (2003-13).