KINE[SIS]TEM Conferences and Summer School

KINE[SIS]TEM '17 will be held in Lisbon in 2017 with the theme From Nature to Architectural Matter.

Kine[SiS]tem – From Kinesis + System. Kinesis is a non-linear movement or activity of an organism in response to a stimulus. A system is a set of interacting and interdependent agents forming a complex whole, delineated by its spatial and temporal boundaries, influenced by its environment.

How can architectural systems moderate the external environment to enhance comfort conditions in a simple, sustainable and smart way? This is the starting question for the Kine[SiS]tem’17 – From Nature to Architectural Matter International Conference. For decades, architectural design was developed despite (and not with) the climate, based on mechanical heating and cooling. Today, the argument for net zero energy buildings needs very effective strategies to reduce energy requirements. The challenge ahead requires design processes that are built upon consolidated knowledge, make use of advanced technologies and are inspired by nature. 

Kine[SIS]tem International Conferece + Summer School, is an international event formed by two interrelated moments:

1_ Kine[SIS]tem - From Nature to Architectural Matter, International Conference

"Kine[SIS]tem - From Nature to Architectural Matter, International Conference" is composed by two days (June 19th and 20th) of international conferences given by some of the most relevant experts in the areas of the [SIS] themes, complemented with four sessions of the presentations of the selected papers. Our special keynote speakers will be Prof. Manuel KretzerProf. Dr. Michael U. HenselProfessor Bob Sheil and Prof. Alex Haw.

2_ Kine[SIS]tem - Shading Systems Summer School

"Kine[SIS]tem - Shading Systems Summer School", matchs the full Summer School program, starting with the international conferences and continuing for more ten days (June 19th and 30th), including masterclasses, design studio and construction.



Prof. Manuel Kretzer

Manuel Kretzer (June 19th, 9:00 am)

Dr. Sc. ETH Zurich Manuel Kretzer is currently visiting professor at the Braunschweig University of Art, teaching the subject ‘Digital Crafting’ as well as 
Studio Master at the International Architecture Graduate School at the Bauhaus in Dessau. Manuel is the founder of the ‘materiability research network’ 
(, an educational platform that provides open access to cutting edge new material developments and technologies. He is also founding 
partner of ‘responsive design studio’ ( based in Cologne, a design office that works on various scales, including architecture, 
interior architecture, landscape architecture, furniture and object design. From 2010 until 2015 he taught at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, 
ETH Zurich, where he finished his doctoral degree, focusing on smart materials and adaptive architecture, in early 2016. He previously worked with Philip Beesley 
in Toronto, Canada, and taught seminars in experimental architecture at the University of Karlsruhe.


Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel

Michael U. Hensel (June 19th, 14:30 am)

Michael Hensel is currently Professor for Architecture at AHO, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway. Since 2011 he is director of the Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics[4] at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and where he has co-initiated the Advanced Computational Design Laboratory.
Hensel taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (1993 to 2009), where was Unit Master of Diploma Unit 4 and where he co-directed the Emergent Technologies and Design Program (EmTech) and developed the curriculum for the EmTech Studio (2001 to 2009).[3] In this context he directed experimental design and construction of projects in an environmentally sensitive site in Chilean Patagonia.
Hensel has developed a theoretical and methodological approach to architectural design entitled "Performance-oriented Architecture" that incorporates notions such as non-discrete architecture, non-anthropocentric architecture and intensely local architecture and urbanism.[2]
In 1994 he co-founded OCEAN, an international and interdisciplinary collaborative network that investigates a diverse scope of themes related to the human environment. Hensel served as founding and current chairman of the OCEAN Design Research Association OCEAN which was registered in 2008 registered as a not-for-profit association in Norway.[5]
He also serves as founding and current chairman of SEA – Sustainable Environment Association [6] founded and registered in 2011 as a not-for-profit association in Norway. SEA is an international and interdisciplinary expertise network that pursues systematic, integrative and interdisciplinary inquiry into the human-influenced and built environment and its interaction with the natural environment and local ecosystems with the aim to develop alternative approaches to architectural design and sustainability. In 2015 SEA became a sub-division of OCEAN entitled OCEAN | SEA.
From 2007 to 2011 Hensel served as board member of BIONIS, the Biomimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability. The mission of BIONIS was to promote the application of Biomimetics in products and services and its use in education and training.
Since 2007 Hensel is editorial board member of JBE – Journal for Bionic Engineering,[7] Elsevier Scientific Press.  He was editorial board member of AD Wiley[8] from 2007 to 2014. Since 2011 he is editorial board member of the peer-reviewed online journal FORMakademisk,[9], since 2013 of IJDST – the International Journal of Design Sciences and Technology, and since 2016 advisory board member of TAD Technology | Architecture and Design Journal.


Professor Bob Sheil

Bob Sheil (June 20th, 9:00 am)

Bob Sheil is an Architect, Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture, Professor in Architecture and Design through Production, and the School’s Director of Technology. He is a founding partner of sixteen*(makers), whose work in collaboration with Stahlbogen GmbH ‘55/02’ won a RIBA award for design in 2010, and also includes a ten year catalogue of experimental projects both internationally published and exhibited. He is an educator, critic, researcher, collaborator and practitioner, as well as an experimental designer who is fascinated by transgression between making, craft, and technology, in architectural design practice. He has played a leading role in the Schools significant acceleration of investment in digital technologies since he took over as Director of Technology in 2007, including founding the Digital Manufacturing Centre (2009) and later evolving it into the Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange (B-MADE), which merges all workshop and laboratory resources of the school under one organisation.
He is the author of multiple book chapters, refereed papers, and articles on design, making and technology. He has co-designed and built 6 significant artefacts/built works, and been internationally exhibited on 11 occasions. He has edited five books, including three issues of Architectural Design; ‘Design through Making’ (2005), ‘Protoarchitecture’ (2008), and the forthcoming ‘High Definition: Negotiating Zero Tolerance’ (2014), an AD Reader ‘Manufacturing the Bespoke’ published in 2012, and ‘55/02: A sixteen*(makers) Monograph’ (also 2012). In 2011, he Co-Chaired the highly acclaimed international conference 'FABRICATE' with Ruairi Glynn, for which he also co-edited the substantial parallel publication. FABRICATE has now become an internationally established conference brand, with the 2014 event hosted by ETH Zurich. A number of his lectures on design and making can be viewed online including his inaugural lecture “Design through Production” which has registered over 1000 plays.
He has recently founded The Protoarchitecture Lab at UCL where he is currently developing new strand of collaborative research between making, performance and 3D scanning, in collaboration with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, SHUNT, and ScanLAB projects.


Prof. Alex Haw

Alex Haw (June 20th, 14:30 am)

Alex Haw is an artist & architect, and director of the award-winning design practice atmos.
atmos is an award-winning, multidisciplinary, humanist  art+architecture+design practice that works internationally across scales and media - from small-scale product-design to large-scale master-plans, with core expertise in public installations and bespoke residential environments, typically integrating digital fabrication and responsive systems.
Alex was a Design Studio Unit Master at the Architectural Association, Cambridge University, the Royal College of Art and TU Vienna, and taught theory and construction classes at Princeton University, where he studied his masters on a Fulbright Scholarship after attaining a 1st-class degree from the Bartlett, UCL.
Before establishing atmos, he worked on international projects for Diller + Scofidio, Richard Rogers, Nicholas Grimshaw and Seth Stein Architects.
He writes & lectures widely, and runs the weekly crowdsourced world-roving dinner club, Latitudinal Cuisine.
He played the lead psycho in Chris Nolan’s 1st film, Following.