Christiane M. HERR


Position: Professor

Professor HERR, Professor of the School of Design at Southern University of Science and Technology, is an architectural design researcher and educator focusing on the areas of structural design, cross-disciplinary collaborative design and digitally supported design. She obtained a Dipl.-Ing. degree from the University of Kassel, and her MArch and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Hong Kong. Before joining SUSTech, she held positions as Associate Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and Shenzhen University and as Visiting Assistant Professor at National Cheng Kung University. In her recent work, HERR has focused on structural and material aspects in cross-disciplinary collaborative design processes involving scientists and designers, with special emphasis on the local context of China. HERR is currently President of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) and a member of the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC). In addition, she is a member of peer review committees of various journals and conferences and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC). HERR has authored over 60 peer reviewed academic publications, most of them as first author, among them 16 indexed journal articles and book chapters. She has recently co-edited the book “Design Cybernetics: Navigating the New”, published in the Springer Design Research Foundations Series.


Selected Output:

Christiane M. Herr (PI) with Architectural Engineering students Ziyue Gao, Yiling Ji, Elizaveta Blokhina, Chao Tang, and Yining Jiang (2021). Designing biodiverse high-rise facade microbiomes for healthy urban environments, 2021 CTBUH Student Research Competition First Prize. 


Christiane M. Herr and Yawen Duan (2020). Designing Facade Microbiomes. Imaginable Futures: Design Thinking, and the Scientific Method, Proceedings of the 54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Auckland, New Zealand, 365-374. 


Christiane M. Herr (2020). Design cybernetics in support of cross-disciplinary collaboration: Educating the next generation of Chinese architects and structural engineers, Kybernetes, 49(8): 2109-2124. DOI: 10.1108/K-07-2019-0521. 


Thomas Fischer and Christiane M. Herr (eds.): Design Cybernetics: Navigating the New. Springer, Cham, 2019. ISBN: 978-3-030-18557-2. 


Christiane M. Herr (2019). The art of collaborative structural design: Structural art in the age of cross-disciplinary collaboration, Proceedings of the 2019 Conference of the International Association for Spatial and Shell Structures (IASS), International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), Barcelona, 7-10 October 2019, 305-311. 


Chrsitiane M. Herr and Thomas Fischer (2018). BIM adoption across the Chinese AEC industries: An extended BIM adoption model, Journal of Computational Design and Engineering 6(2), 173-178. 


Christiane M. Herr (2016). Between contemporary and traditional: The ongoing search for Chinese architectural identity. In: M. Keane ed., Handbook of Cultural Industries in China, Edward Elgar Publishing, Northampton, 452-467. ISBN: 978-1-78254-985-7.