Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig
Academic Career and Research Areas
Professor Ludwig’s research is focused on architectural concepts in which plants play a central role. Integrating plants – both functionally and creatively – into construction designs not only provides answers to some of today’s most pressing ecological issues, such as the adaptation to climate change. It also presents a methodological challenge, encouraging exploration into ways of dealing with aspects of growth and decay, chance and probability in architecture and landscape design.
Ferdinand Ludwig studied architecture and completed his doctorate studies at the University of Stuttgart with a dissertation entitled "The Botanical Fundamentals of Baubotanik and their Application in Design". In 2007, he founded the research group “Baubotanik” at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Architectural Theory and Design (IGMA), and he headed this group as a research associate until 2017. In the planning office Office for Living Architecture OLA, which he runs together with Daniel Schönle and Jakob Rauscher, he applies this botanical-constructive approach on an architectural, urban planning and landscape architecture level.
- "Bundespreis Ecodesign" (2017)
- Prize for bold science, Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg (2016)
- Prize for exceptional scientific achievements, University of Stuttgart (2013)
- Named a “Maker of Tomorrow” by the Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg (2012)
Key Publications (all publications)
Middleton, W., Q. Shu and F. Ludwig (2022). "Representing living architecture through skeleton reconstruction from point clouds." Scientific Reports 12(1): 1-13.Abstract
Well, F. and F. Ludwig (2021). "Development of an Integrated Design Strategy for Blue-Green Architecture." Sustainability 13(14): 7944.Abstract
Well, F. and Ludwig, F (2020). "Blue–green architecture: A case study analysis considering the synergetic effects of water and vegetation." Frontiers of Architectural Research 9(1): 191-202Abstract
Ludwig, F., W. Middleton, F. Gallenmüller, P. Rogers and T. Speck (2019). "Living bridges using aerial roots of ficus elastica – an interdisciplinary perspective." Scientific reports 9(1): 1-11.Abstract
Ludwig, F. and D.Schönle (upcoming/2022): Growing Architecture. Designing and Building with Trees. Birkhäuser. ca. 224 p.Abstract