Erwin Viray currently leads the Sustainability Initiatives in Singapore University of Technology and Design : SUTD to address the university’s approach to environmental responsibility to minimize environmental impact. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar from May 2016 – July 2021. Erwin was Global Excellence Professor at Kyoto Institute of Technology and Head of the Graduate School of Architecture and Design in 2012 for two years. Erwin holds several professional leadership roles, and he is also an Award Ambassador for the HolcimLafarge Awards in the Asia Pacific, a jury chair of archiprixSEA 2012 and 2016, a member of the management board of the TOTO Gallery MA, an Advisory Council member for the Barcelona Institute of Architecture. In addition, Erwin has been Editor of the influential magazine a+u (Architecture + Urbanism) since 1996.
Erwin’s research passions revolve around the influence of new technologies and their related tools in broadening the impact of architecture. He has led the introduction of many new tools-driven curricula that balance traditional architecture and new technologies. For example, a collaboration project is established with students from Harvard GSD and ETH-Zurich to explore the city and the gardens of Kyoto through spatial 3D design point cloud scanning and proper documentation.
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