Dirk Hebel is currently holding the position of Assistant Professor of Architecture and Construction at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. Prior to that, he was the founding Scientific Director of the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Between 2002 and 2009 he taught at the Department of Architecture, ETHZ as the coordinator for first year architectural design program and the director of the’ Master of Advanced Studies’ program in Urban Design with Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil. The resulting work of his teaching and research has been published in numerous academic journals and book publications, lately SUDU: THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SUSTAINABLE URBAN DWELLING UNIT (forthcoming) and CITIES OF CHANGE ADDIS ABABA (with Marc Angélil). In 2008, he published the book DEVIATIONS (with Marc Angélil), an experiment in architectural design pedagogy and in 2005 BATHROOM UNPLUGGED (with Jörg Stollmann). Dirk Hebel practices architecture by activating unusual building materials such as air (DISCOVERIES, an exhibition for the Foundation Lindau Nobel Prize Winners and ON_AIR, and installation for KunstWerke Berlin), water (as the project manager for the BLUR Building for EXPO.02 in Switzerland) or plastic bottles (as in the award-winning project UNITED_BOTTLE).
The research of Dirk Hebel at FCL Singapore concentrates on alternative building materials and construction techniques and their applications in the field. Currently, he and his team investigate the possibility to replace steel as a reinforcement material in structural concrete applications with an organic fiber composite material. He and his team are also engaged in a research on waste as an alternative building material.