Christiane M. HERR


Position: Professor

Christiane M. Herr is Professor and PhD supervisor as well as responsible person for education and Director of the BEng Industrial Design program at the School of Design, Southern University of Science and Technology. With a background in architecture and engineering, Christiane leads the Future Ecologies Research Group with a focus on the areas of cross-disciplinary ecological design, advanced façade technologies and digitally supported design. Christiane obtained a Dipl.-Ing. degree from the University of Kassel, an MArch and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Hong Kong and a second Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Kassel. 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. Christiane was President of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) for four years and is currently vice-chair of the Board of the CAADFutures Foundation. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), the journal Architectural Intelligence and the journal Sustainable Horizons. Herr has authored over 100 peer reviewed academic publications and 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.