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Dresden University of Technology TU Dresden
Areas of Expertise/Research Interests (List All Please)
Architecture, Environmental Psychology, Aesthetics

Ralf Weber is a Professor of Architecture and Chair of Spatial Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Dresden University of Technology.

He received his Diploma in Architecture at the University of Dresden. Thereafter, he settled in Stuttgart where he practiced architecture in the office of Frei Otto / Rolf Gutbrodt and taught at Stuttgart University before moving to Berkeley, CA, in 1980 where he received a PhD in Design Methodology, Environmental Psychology and Aesthetics. He taught for several years at UC Berkeley before he returned to Dresden after the reunification of Germany, when he was appointed Chair for Spatial Design in Architecture. He has held visiting professorships in Ankara, Kent State, Florence, and Potsdam, and most recently at the School of Architecture, University of Oregon, Eugene.

Ralf Weber has been Dean of Academic Affairs at Dresden University for two terms and created the new Diploma curriculum structure. He is also a member of ASIIN Accreditation Board and has participated in numerous reviews of architecture programs at a national and international level.

In his teaching and research he attempts to build bridges between the disciplines of architecture and design on the one hand and the theories of aesthetics and visual perception on the other. He teaches Design Foundations and Architectural Design studios as well as lecture courses and seminars. 

Since he does not believe in a schism between theory and practice, he enjoys teaching hands-on architectural design as well as working on research projects in architectural theory and aesthetics. He is the internationally published author of the books: On the Aesthetics of Architecture; Aesthetics and Architectural Composition; and Thema Material as well as numerous articles bridging the fields of architecture, aesthetics and psychology.

He also heads the University’s Color Competency Research Center that functions as the nucleus for interdisciplinary studies of color in the sciences and arts.

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