Michal Gath-Morad

PhD student, Chair of Cognitive Science, ETH Zürich

Michal Gath-Morad is an architect, urban designer (B.Arch., M.Sc.) and a PhD student at the chair of Cognitive Science at ETH Zurich. Michal’s PhD focuses on the development of pre-occupancy simulation tools and workflows to support evidence-based and human-centered architectural design and evaluation of future buildings. In collaboration with ETH’s Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, Michal implements her tools to simulate the impact of architectural design strategies on wayfinding behavior in mixed-use and crowded megastructure in southeast Asia. Prior to that, Michal worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Technion (Haifa) where she was part of a research group focused on simulating occupants’ behavior in hospital settings. Throughout her studies Michal won several architectural awards and was recently awarded with a Swiss Government Excellence Grant to support her PhD research.


Geraldine Quek

PhD Student, Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), EPFL

Geraldine Quek is currently developing her PhD thesis at the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID) in EPFL while enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Architecture and Sciences of the City (EDAR), studying the intersections of human perception of visual discomfort and visual interest. Geraldine obtained her B.Sc and M.Arch with distinction in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), where she also worked as a research assistant in the Design for Climate and Comfort Lab, studying regional daylighting preferences in the tropics to establish daylighting and visual comfort standards in Singapore. She has since published papers on the calibration and validation of daylighting simulation models based on short-term visits in offices and residential buildings, and relating annual illuminance data to subjective user satisfaction of daylight. Geraldine has also won several awards throughout her academic career, including an Academic Excellence Award and is currently supported by the prestigious SUTD Graduate Merit Scholarship.


Victoria Eugenia Soto Magán

PhD Student, Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID)

Victoria Eugenia Soto Magan is a PhD candidate at LIPID laboratory at EPFL, and holds a Master of Architecture from ETSA Sevilla (Spain). She completed an MA in Technology and Design, and an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (UK). Before joining EPFL, she was Research and Honorary Assistant at the University of Seville, from 2011 until 2014. Her doctoral research focuses on the interaction between architectural design, daylighting and acute neurobehavioural effects of light in working environments.


Prof. Dr. Christoph Hölscher

Professor, Chair of Cognitive Science, ETH Zürich

Christoph Hölscher is professor of Cognitive Science at ETH Zurich. Christoph’s key research interests are: Wayfinding in Built Environments, Spatial Cognition & Usability Research for Architectural Design, Human Computer Interaction, User Modeling & Personalization, Information Retrieval & Web Search Behavior, Behavior Economics. Cognitive Science aims to untangle the mental processes and structures underlying cognitive phenomena such as perception, learning, memory and reasoning. It views human cognition as information processing and provides an interdisciplinary integration of approaches from cognitive psychology, informatics (e.g., artificial intelligence), neuroscience and anthropology among others. The core mission of Christoph’s group at ETH is to help understand the complex interaction of humans and their physical, technical and social environment with an emphasis on cognitive processes and task-oriented behavior. In the area of human-computer interaction, this includes projects on how people interact with desktop computers and digital mobile devices. In the area of human spatial cognition, they emphasize collaboration with architectural design researchers on orientation and navigation in complex public buildings and urban environments. This is complemented by studies on the cognitive processes of architectural design thinking and creativity, especially on how designers anticipate user requirements, preferences and competencies.


Prof. Dr. Marilyne Andersen

Professor, Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), EPFL

Marilyne Andersen is a Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and heads the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID) that she launched in the Fall of 2010. She was Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering of EPFL (ENAC) from 2013 to 2018. Before joining EPFL as a faculty, she was an Assistant Professor then Associate Professor tenure-track in the Building Technology Group of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning and the Head of the MIT Daylighting Lab that she founded in 2004. Her research focuses on building performance in the architectural context in general, and the use and optimization of daylight in buildings in particular. Specific topics she has been working on include: visual and thermal comfort; design tools in the early stages of the design process; goal-driven approaches in design; performance visualization; design implications of effects of light on circadian photoreception and health; advanced glazing and shading systems, daylight redirecting devices; video-based approaches in photometry. Marilyne Andersen is the author of more than 100 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences and the recipient of several grants and awards including: the Daylight Award for Research (2016), three best conference paper awards (2011 & 2012), the Taylor Technical Talent Award granted by the Illuminating Engineering Society (2009), the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant (2009), the Mitsui Career Development Professorship at MIT (2008) and the EPFL prize of the Chorafas Foundation awarded to her PhD thesis in Sustainability (2005).