Ludger Hovestadt is Professor of Architecture and CAAD (Computer-Aided Architectural Design) at the Institute for Technology in Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).
He studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen, Germany and the HfG in Vienna, Austria. Upon completion of his diploma in 1987, he worked as a scientific researcher at TU Karlsruhe, Germany where he received his doctorate in 1994.
Between 1997 and 2000 Ludger Hovestadt was a visiting professor for the Department of CAAD at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.
His research endeavors were always interdisciplinary: architecture, computer science, mechanical engineering, robotics and cognitive psychology. His interests are in the development of design tools and the management of over-complex systems with emphasis on “Generative Design”, “Digital Production” and “Building Intelligence”.
Ludger Hovestadt’s research projects look for a historical anchor and show a concrete use for current building practice. They do not lose the character of basic research in the specific research landscape of architecture and building industry. To increase the effect of his research, Ludger Hovestadt is co-founder of several companies, and thus receives important feedback.