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Prof. Liss C. Werner

Tactile Architecture - office für Systemarchitektur
Principal, Architect
Prof. Liss C. Werner is a registered architect based in Berlin and founder of Tactile Architecture – Office for SystemArchitektur.  She is adj. assoc. Professor at Taylor’s University near Kuala Lumpur, Dr. phil. [abd] and  George N. Pauly, Jr. Fellow 2012/13, visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture. Werner edited‘[En]Coding Architecture – the book’ and ‘Architectural Ecologies – Code, Culture and Technology at the Convergence’.
Werner’s main interest and research subject lies in the relevance and implications of Cybernetics, for computational architecture in C21, exploring code-based tools to provoke an architectural vocabulary that allows architecture to depart from the 19th century understanding of predetermined static form and the establishment of Euclidian space per-se towards an architecture of cybernetics, self-organization, agent-based formations and biological understanding.
As practicing project architect, Werner worked in the UK, Germany and Russia. As architectural educator and researcher she has been teaching and lecturing since 2002 in the UK (London, Nottingham), Austria (Kunstuniversität Linz at Institute for raum&designstrategien), US (Carnegie Mellon University, Texas Tech University, CalArts, MIT), Germany (DIA, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, TU Berlin, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, HTW Berlin) and Ukraine (Canactions). Further Werner was invited as a critic at ETH Zurich, Städelschule, University of Liverpool, the Bartlett, and USC. She contributed to a variety of conferences, symposia and workshops in the UK, Ukraine, Germany and the US, co-organized and spoke at summer academy ars11, organized and chaired Digital Week at DIA 2011 and [En]Coding Architecture 2013 at Carnegie Mellon University.
Her computational design studio Codes in the Clouds was founded in 2010 at DIA and is looking at growth of sublime, philosophically and tectonically challenging generation of form to arrive at provocative architectural prototypes with embedded data and intelligence. Research focuses on cybernetic principles resulting in explorative architecture derived through behavioral logic and scripting, developing dynamic design strategies and cross-disciplinary design thinking.Codes in the Clouds was exhibited and published at DigitalFutures, Tongji University in Shanghai and the 13th Venice Biennale 2012 in the Slovenian pavilion in conjunction with Maribor 2112AI 100YC, the European capital of culture 2012.
Liss C. Werner holds a Diploma and Master of Architecture with commendation from The Bartlett as well as a 1st class Bachelor of Arts from the University of Westminster. Further she studied at RMIT. Werner received the deVere Urban Design Prize, Peter Fuld Scholarship, George N. Pauly Fellowship and a grant from the ‘Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art the the Forntier’. She is a member of Architectural Humanities Research Association [AHRA], Architektenkammer Berlin, the American Society of Cybernetics [ASC] and the Bertanlanffy Centre for the Studies of Systems Sciences [BCSSS]. Werner believes that ‘FORM is a VERB and not a noun’.

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