David Nixon – The Architecture of the International Space Station

Monday, 4. December 2017, 6 p.m.
Hörsaal 7

Technische Universität Wien
Karlsplatz 13, Staircase 7, ground floor
1040 Vienna

David Nixon (* 1947, UK) is a British architect, who works as well in the USA as in Europe. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic of Central London. From 1971 on, he worked at a series of leading architectural offices in England, including the office of Sir Hugh Casson and the early offices of Lord Norman Foster and Richard Rogers. After a period in Chicago with Skidmore Owings & Merrill, he returned to Britain to establish the office of Future Systems with architect Jan Kaplicky with whom he collaborated for over 10 years. In 1980, David moved to California and taught architecture at the SCI-Arc and at the University of California, both in Los Angeles.

Between 1985 and 1989, his office Altus Associates directed a research study for NASA on the design of astronaut quarters. David Nixon has completed a broad spectrum of space projects, architecture and industrial design for clients from government agencies to start-up companies in the USA and in Europe. Within his career, he received several awards and distinctions in the fields of architecture and aerospace design. In the year 2000 he found his own space-company Astrocourier. As a pioneer in die field of space architecture, Nixon holds an opinion that there is a very important lesson for terrestrial architecture to learn from architecture in space: how to seriously deal with recycling and the reuse of material in order to stop all the waste.


Modul Emerging Fields in Architecture, HB2, TU Wien

The Module ‚Emerging Fields in Architecture` imparts knowledge about the latest research, design and development in research disciplines beyond mainstream architectural topics. In this module we encourage discussion and ideas that go radically beyond the traditional way of thinking. Our goal is to trigger a process of re-thinking and finding solutions to design challenges using an interdisciplinary approach. In particular:

- Knowledge transfer of latest research and potential future fields of research.
- Higher qualification through integrative know-how from emerging occupational fields
- Discussion of creative processes leading to innovation
- The ability to meet design challenges fundamentally in its interdisciplinary context