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Dr Gergana Rusenova

Deputy Department Chair of Architectural and Industrial Design
Doctor of Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Master of Science, University Stuttgart, Germany; Bachelor of Science, University Stuttgart, Germany


Gergana Rusenova is a Lecturer in Architecture and the Deputy Department Chair of Architectural and Industrial Design. She obtained her PhD degree with the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) under the guidance of Prof. F. Gramazio and Prof. M. Kohler. Prior to her doctoral research Gergana graduated from the ITECH program (Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research) at the University of Stuttgart in Germany under the supervision of Prof. A. Menges and Prof. J. Knippers.

Gergana's research focuses on the development of computational design-to-fabrication workflows for fully recyclable, structurally-sound building components. By extensively exploring the potential of cutting-edge advanced robotic manufacturing and algorithmic design tools she demonstrates that mundane and largely available materials (such as soil, crushed stones, and compressed coconut fibres) can be used in combination with intelligently designed processes to eliminate the need for permanent connections between raw building materials. With this material-driven approach, Gergana is interested in the transformation of full-scale load-bearing building components into renewable resources.

Gergana's teaching experience commenced as a tutor in the Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich. At Swinburne, she convenes and teaches multiple units with a focus on technology and materiality.

Gergana has gained practical work experience in Germany working for the structural engineering offices Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering and SL Rasch Special and Lightweight Structures, as well as for the architectural office Prof. W. Kergassner. She participated in the planning and execution phases of projects
at different scales and with diverse stakeholders around the world: several art installations, a museum, an airport, several high-rise buildings, and multiple pedestrian and road bridges. Gergana gained an understanding of how skyscrapers and large canopies function structurally; how geometrically complex façades are detailed according to building regulations; and how innovative solutions for contemporary bridge design are created, documented, and brought to reality.

Research interests

Sustainable Design; Material-driven Design; Advanced Manufacturing for Construction; Computational Design

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Sustainable Architecture - 330110
  • Manufacturing Engineering - 401400
  • Materials Engineering - 401600

Teaching areas

Computational Design;Robotic Fabrication in Architecture;Interactive Design;Material-driven Design


Also published as: Rusenova, Gergana; Rusenova, G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Associated Kiln Driers Pty Ltd (AKD Softwoods) - Flat-pack DIY garden sheds and backyard offices ? Stage *; Associated Kiln Driers_FS
  • 2021: Textile-Reinforced Granular Materials in Architecture (TGA) *; UA-DAAD (Universities Australia-Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)

* Chief Investigator