Georgia School of Architecture’s New Chair to Advance the Legendary Architect’s Legacy

Georgia Tech School of Architecture’s new chair and William Harrison Professor of Architecture, Ingeborg Rocker, will continue in the footsteps of Georgia Tech Professor Emeritus Chuck Eastman, considered by many to be the father of building information modeling ( BIM). Photo courtesy of Ingeborg Rocker/Dassault Systèmes

Georgia Tech School of Architecture’s new chair and William Harrison Professor of Architecture, Ingeborg Rocker, will continue in the footsteps of Georgia Tech Professor Emeritus Chuck Eastman, considered by many to be the father of building information modeling ( BIM).

“I am particularly delighted to contribute to the legacy of [Georgia Tech professor emeritus] Chuck Eastman,” Rocker said. “He was a model for generations of architects, linking computing and architecture early on.”

BIM is the foundation used by architects to create “virtual twins” of buildings, infrastructure and cities, which Rocker worked on at Dassault Systèmes, in her previous role as vice president of the software company for industry innovations. “It’s the complete simulation, from design to full life cycle management and assessment of a building,” she said.

Rocker began his tenure in the new role earlier this month. In her previous role at Dassault Systèmes, she led projects such as sustainable cross-industry innovation, cyber-physical systems in manufacturing and construction, and smart city programs like Virtual Singapore. She also co-founded Rocker-Lange Architects in 2006, an award-winning architectural practice – a research-driven think-and-do group – which also works at different scales such as sustainable product design, architecture and design. town planning. She was also chief designer at Eisenman Architects.

In this role, Rocker will lead the school’s 22 full-time faculty members, more than 300 students, and undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, and professional degrees. It will open a research lab dedicated to sustainable industrial innovation, in addition to the school’s five research labs that link academia and industry through applied research.

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