Ingeborg Rocker

Ingeborg Rocker is an Associate Professor of Architecture since July 2011, prior Rocker has been Assistant Professor of Architecture at the GSD since 2005. She teaches in the core architecture studio sequence, is the coordinator of the 2nd semester MArch 1 Core Studios, and coordinates the GSDigital workshops. Furthermore she gives courses and seminars on contemporary architectural theory and manufacturing techniques.

Rocker received the Diploma in Architecture (summa cum laude) from the Rheinisch-Westfaellische Technische Hochschule Aachen, the MS in Advanced Architectural Design (with distinction) from Columbia University, and the Master of Arts from Princeton University. She has taught at Princeton and at the University of Pennsylvania and she was a visiting scholar at the Humbold University in Berlin (2001-2002).

At Princeton University, Rocker presented her Ph.D. entitled “Emerging Structures: Information Aesthetics and Architectures of the Digital Medium,” which examined the influence of information theory and early computer technology on the discourse and production of architecture in Postwar Germany. In the focus of the dissertation are the developments of Max Bense’s information aesthetics and the search at the HfG Ulm for an appropriate aesthetic theory and teachning pedagogy. Given the technological, social and political changes that World War II had brought about Europe a continuation of the Bauhaus aesthetics and pedagogies – as they had been developed in Weimar Germany – seemed no longer appropriated.

Overall, Rocker’s theoretical work is devoted to questions regarding the impact of media on the perception, production, and thinking of architecture. As a designer and teacher of design, she deploys computer modeling as a tool for giving form to theoretical hypotheses in a didactic way. Rocker’s ongoing research has been widely publicized through numerous international magazines and books.  

During the period 1996-1999 she was Project Architect at Eisenman Architects in New York, where she directed the design teams for several of the most renowned projects in that office, including the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, the Virtual House Competition, the ITT Campus Center Competition, and the Staten Island Institute for Arts and Sciences.

Since 2005 she co-founded and co-directs with Christian Lange Rocker-Lange Architects, a Boston and Hong Kong based Architectural firm. It has led to a number of internationally recognized projects and furniture designs, including the urban-adopter, a flexible street furniture. Rocker-Lange Architects’ work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia, most recently at the Venice Biennale 2010 and presently at the Quotidian Architectures Venice Biennale Response Exhibition in Hong Kong, that opened at the end of April 2011.