Philippe Block, PhD

Philippe Block, PhD is a structural engineer and architect and an Associate Professor of Architecture and Structure at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, where he directs a research group in masonry structures and new structural design approaches (see He studied architecture and structural engineering at the Free University in Brussels and MIT and earned his PhD from MIT in 2009, where he developed a revolutionary computational method for masonry vault assessment and design. In 2008, he studied at the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Construction Design (ILEK) in Germany on a DAAD Scholarship. For his research, he was awarded the Hangai Prize and Tsuboi Award from the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, and the Edoardo Benvenuto Prize.