Dean of the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation, Chair Professor Architectural Technology
Victoria University of Wellington

Marc Aurel

Professor Marc Aurel Schnabel is the Dean of the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation, Chair Professor Architectural Technology at the Wellington School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and former Visiting Professor at School of Architecture, Sheffield University. As Dean, he is currently establishing a new Faculty of Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship that brings together Schools and Centres of VUW that focus on creative innovation. Trained as an Architect, he is leading research and education in the field of Architectural Technology.

As President of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) and Past Presidents of CAADRIA, the International Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, and the Industry Advisory Board of Autodesk, as well as a founding member of buildingSMART HK, he is affiliated with various professional bodies and scientific committees. He taught and worked in Germany, Australia, and Hong Kong for over twenty-five years. Since then, he has become highly recognised for his work in the areas of computational design and learning environments. He is Principal Investigator of the National Science Challenge 11, Better Homes, Towns and Cities, researching in the fields of augmented- and virtual reality, digital heritage, parametric design learning and intelligent cities.

In 2019, Professor Schnabel received three significant architectural honours. He was made a CAADRIA Fellow. He accepted an invitation to join the international PEEK Board as the expert for architecture and design of the Austrian Government Science Fund. Moreover, he also is a partner of the European Union’s REACH to redesign access to cultural heritage for broader participation in preservation, reuse and management of European culture.

He publishes extensively internationally about novel perspectives in digital architecture and urban design. He curated three digital architectural exhibitions, Disparallel Spaces, 8448cubed, Immersive Legacies, and *Geheimnis, and chaired several international conferences, among them the 15th and 24th International CAADRIA Conference ‘New Frontiers’, and Intelligent & Informed the 47th and 51stConference of the Architectural Science Association ‘Cutting Edge’ and ‘Back to the Future, as well as the SmartGeometry Conference Hong Kong. He has established the Digital Architecture Research Alliance, DARA, and the online social network Urban Digitalics connecting professionals and researchers in innovative digital spatial design.