Dr. Rezai is an engineer, a design visionary and an educator. One of the initiators of the concept of “fusion engineering”, he is the first and only engineer to receive the coveted title of “Designer of the Year” from the President of Singapore. He is very passionate about the process of advanced computational design, and a holistic approach to architecture + structure + environment. Dr Rezai’s high- profile contributions to industry discourse include his involvement on the 13th cycle Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s Master Jury in 2016, as a jury member for the Singapore President’s Design Award (2017 – 2018) and as Vice Chair (2019-2020). Dr Rezai is founding Director of Web Structures and Web Earth. His latest initiative, on Advanced Computational Design aims to redefine the collaborative nature of designers working with machines to overcome the compound challenges faced by the building industries, and the environments within which they are deployed.
Dr. Rezai lectures extensively, and has covered ongoing crit and consultation in various architectural schools including those at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Singapore University of Technology and Design and Politecnico Di Milano.
Dr Rezai is a proponent of highrise and dense urban development, with emphasis on innovative structural systems for tall, supertall and mega tall structures.
About the lecture / October/08/2020 18:30 CET
JUSTICE, DESIGN AND PUBLICNESS
This talk will address key issues facing contemporary design professionals, including our evolving relationship with the environment, the purpose and hierarchy of design, and the multiplicity of clients; as well as pressing political and social agendas for the built environment.
Drawing on his nearly four decades of innovative design and engineering collaborations with some of the world’s best architects, designers and centres of research, Dr Hossein Rezai will share insights on the current status and potential future directions of design for the built environment, all the while seeking to apply lessons from the wisdom of the past.
In particular, Dr Rezai will share some provocations for the audience to reconsider our contemporary norms; seeking new ways to translate the current generation’s unprecedented access to data and information into true knowledge and insight, and asking how current parameters for assessing sustainable development might be expanded.