Belgian national born in 1980, Philippe Block is a Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Health, Safety & Sustainability Committee of Holcim. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Holcim (then LafargeHolcim) in 2020. He holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering-Architecture from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and a Master’s Degree in Architectural Studies in Design and Computation and a Ph.D. in Building Technologies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA.
In 2009, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Architecture and Structure at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland. In 2017, he was promoted to Full Professor. He is the Founder and Co-Director of the Block Research Group at ETH where he focuses his research on the analysis of unreinforced masonry structures, structural design, computational form finding, and new construction techniques. In addition, he is the Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) for Digital Fabrication.
Philippe Block is a renowned expert in the field of structural design, computational engineering and digital fabrication of concrete construction with numerous publications and awards. He is a Member of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction; and Founding Partner of Foreign Engineering GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland.