Hannes studied civil engineering and architecture at the Technical University Munich, McGill University Montreal and Université de Montrèal. He received a B. Sc. (Civil Engineering) in 2008 and a Dipl.-Ing. (Architecture) in 2015 with majors in structural mechanics, architectural construction and emerging technologies. With his research, Hannes aims to contribute to a team-based view of the architectural design process by analysing interdisciplinary characteristics of successful collaborations between architects and structural engineers. The research asks the question of how architects and structural engineers who, only 250 years ago, offered their services within the joint profession of the master builder, can contribute to a deeper and multi-layered understanding of what defines today’s collaborations. In teaching, he is jointly in charge of the coordination for the second year course that develops a solid understanding for material-specific solutions with regard to structural questions.
Hannes experienced architectural, engineering and construction management responsibilities within a wide range of project scales in multinational and interdisciplinary teams in four different continents and six different languages. His work includes the design of high-rise buildings in India and 6-star hotels in Thailand as an architectural assistant at WOHA Architects in Singapore, energy refurbishments of state buildings and extensions of residential houses in Germany as architectural intern at Z59 Architects in Munich, structural optimisation of school roof structures in Kenya as a student volunteer, as well as the construction of kindergartens during his foreign community service in Senegal. Before joining the Chair of Structural Design of Prof. Schwartz, Hannes worked at the Block Research Group at ETH Zurich as coordinating teaching assistant for the new Structural Design I+II course and took on the project lead for the Droneport prototype developed and built for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale together with the Norman Foster Foundation. Hannes, as a passionate member of the BRG/ITA Running Group for the annual Zurich Sola relay, aimed to run the Uetliberg leg under 30 minutes.Further links:
- Visual summary of his thesis: A presentation of the main parts of his thesis along 10 questions
- ETH Research Collection: Publication of his thesis in the ETH Research Collection (Diss. ETH No. 27730 with the title "The Coprofessional Practice of Design - An Exploratory Analysis on Teams of Architects and Structural Engineers in Swiss Architecture Competitions")
- Talk at Foster + Partners: Video of the presentation of the research at Foster + Partners in London, 14.11.2019
- The power of collaboration of architect and structural engineer: Award-winning video about the research project
- Droneport 2016: Informations about the Droneport project at the Venice architecture Biennale 2016
- Hannes Hofmann, Mario Rinke: On the nature of early design collaboration of architect and structural engineer: Development of a socio-cognitive framework, Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018 - Creativity in Structural Design, Boston, 2018.
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