Prof. dr. ir. arch. Andrew Vande Moere is a Professor in Design Informatics at the Department of Architecture at KU Leuven in Belgium. He is particularly interested in how the craft of designers can augment currently emerging technologies towards the creation of purposeful applications.
Andrew graduated as an Architectural Engineer from KU Leuven university. He then acquired a postgraduate degree in CAAD from the Department of Architecture at ETH-Zurich, where he worked within the Information Architecture (previously called CAAD) research group. In 2004, he was awarded a PhD at ETH-Zurich in the area of interactive data visualization for tele-immersive virtual reality (VR) environments. He was appointed as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Design Lab of the The University of Sydney (USyd), where he also became the Program Coordinator of the Master Degree in Electronic Arts (M.IDEA). In 2010, he returned to his alma mater KU Leuven. Together with prof. Ann Heylighen, he co-directs the research group Research[x]Design (RxD). He also heads the “Architecture & Design” division of the department.
His background is enriched by knowledge from architectural design and computer science, grounding his research in the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI) and interaction design. The research explores the designerly opportunities of emerging technologies like (open) data, computational design, digital fabrication, robotics, physical computing, augmented (AR) and virtual (VR) reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Most of the research situates itself within application domains like smart cities, media architecture, interactive environments, design thinking, cultural heritage and digital construction.