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VAS Design Studio - Spring 2009

VAS Design Studio - Spring 2009

Joerg Ruegemer

Assistant Professor

Professor Ruegemer graduated with a master's degree of architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. Additional studies include his architectural diploma at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany as well as meteorology at the University of Cologne. Mr. Ruegemer is a licensed architect in Germany and all countries of the European Union. He has taught in Germany at the University of Karlsruhe, as well as the Brandenburg University of Technology, where he was the chair of Architectural Design and CAD. Other assignments include the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, and Florida International University in Miami, where he served as the Director for Digital Design.

He has received numerous awards and scholarships, including a 2001 teaching prize at Brandenburg University, a book scholarship at Southern California Institute of Architecture, scholarships from the Carl Duisburg Society in Cologne and the German Academic Exchange Service in Bonn, Germany, of which he is a member of the commission of the selection panel for new exchange fellows in the field of architecture. Exhibitions include recent displays at the BEA International Gallery in Miami and the Art Museum of Western Virginia, the Bauhaus University Weimar, and the 2001 Forum of Current Architecture in Cologne. Among other things, Joerg Ruegemer's portfolio includes 12 placements in international competitions, 3 built projects, several scholarly publications, and many international lectures on sustainable architectural and urban design, design strategies, and virtual design.

In the field of professional architecture, Joerg Ruegemer has worked with firms like Anshen + Allen Architects, San Francisco, Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Santa Monica, and Bothe Richter Teherani Architects, Hamburg, before he started his own architectural firm and network in Berlin. His latest built project, the case study of a contemporary, sustainable discount superstore, was distinguished with several German architectural awards and gets widely published in Europe. Until early 2008, he also focused on his professional work in China, where he was used to run an office in Shanghai with partners from Berlin. The firm's focus there was on energy efficient buildings and architectural concepts that include the aspect of sustainability as part of the design process. His firm was included in the 2006 Shanghai Ecobuild, an international conference and exhibition on sustainable buildings in Shanghai.

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