Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Petzold



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Academic Career and Research Areas

The Chair of Prof. Petzold (*1968) is engaged in research and teaching of information technology to support the architectural design processes. The research at the chair includes analyzing the activities of the architects, formulating requirements for digital tools, as well as creating concepts, developing and evaluating prototypical solutions based on novel and future oriented technologies.
After studying computer science with a specialization in architecture and civil engineering at the HAB Weimar (Bauhaus University Weimar), Prof. Petzold worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Computer Science in Architecture. After completing his doctorate in 2001, he assumed the position of junior professor of architectural informatics in Weimar. He was appointed full professor at TUM in 2009. In 2014, he co-founded LOC - Center of Digital Methods for the Built Environment. Since 2017, He is an associate member of the department of Informatics.

Prof. Petzold is a founding member of the Association of Architectural Informatics in German- speaking regions and a member of the German Association of Computing in Civil Engineering, as well as various international bodies. Since 2015, Prof. Petzold has been Vice President of the DARL (German Federal Association of Deans and Directors of Architecture, Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture) and a member of the task force AKIM (task force information management) of the Federal Association of the German Construction Industry. In 2020, he became spokesperson for the platform "Digital Building and Planning" at Z.DB (Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern - Bayern Innovativ). At TUM, he is active in various committees, such as the task force "Digital Administration", TUM-IAS Advisory Council and scientific advisory board of the Georg Nemetschek Institute.

Abualdenien J, Schneider-Marin P, Zahedi A, Petzold F et al.: “Consistent management and evaluation of building models in the early design stages”. ITcon. 2020; 25: 212-232.


Voss C, Petzold F, Rudolph S: “Linking building design and the digital factory by graph-based design languages”. Digital Proceedings of TMCE. 2020; TMCE 2020 Repository.


Seifert N, Mühlhaus M, Petzold F: “Urban strategy playground: Rethinking the urban planner’s toolbox”. International Journal of Architectural Computing. 2020; 18(1): 20-40.


Langenhan C, Eisenstadt V, Petzold F, Althoff KD: “Models of designing--Design support to steer creative wicked problem solving processes with knowledge management and artificial intelligence”. Model Based Research. 2019; 1.


Nandavar A, Petzold F, Schubert G, Youssef E: “Open BIM in a new Dimension: A simple, OpenBIM standards based Virtual reality collaboration technique for BIM”. INTELLIGENT & INFORMED. 2019.