Craftsmanship in Architecture

  • Uli Matthias Herres Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias


In my dissertation at the ETH Zurich and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciencesand Arts, I examine the role that crafted production of buildings plays forarchitectural space. A crucial point is the question of specific forms of knowledge. Onthe one hand, both craftsmanship and architectural design rely heavily on tacit formsof knowledge (skills, experience) in addition to communicable knowledge. Secondly,the erection of built architecture can be seen as a system of distributed knowledge,where the transfer of knowledge from the architect towards the craftspeople iscrucial for the successful implementation of an architectural concept into physicalspace. The methodology includes the investigation of case study buildings. Oneaspect of the survey could be named "Reverse Design". Here, the process of themaking of a building is re-experienced to be able to consciously reflect upon designdecisions and problem-solving strategies. One aim is to make aspects of the tacitknowledge (experience) of the construction process communicable.Keywords: architecture, craftsmanship, production method, production process, worktraces.

Biografia Autor

Uli Matthias Herres, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
Dipl. Ing. Architekt SIA