Pia Fricker

Pia Fricker

Professor of Practice
Professor of Practice
T201 Dept. Architecture

Pia Fricker serves as Professor of Practice and Vice Head of the Department of Architecture at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland. She holds the Professorship of Computational Methodologies in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism and directs the interdisciplinary Urban Studies and Planning Programme at the Department of Architecture. Pia Fricker’s research and teaching link urban design and landscape architecture to the field of digital design culture through the lens of emerging technologies.

Her research is actively collaborating with other Departments at Aalto University, international academic partners (ETH Zurich, The Singapore University of Technology and Design - SUTD, Hafencity University Hamburg) as well as with professional partners on a national and international level.

She is currently leading research projects in data-driven design methods for dynamic urban landscapes and in the field of immersive, collaborative design environments, featuring a new reading and interaction of ecosystem datasets in the realm of Mixed Reality.

Pia Fricker holds a PhD in Architecture and a postgraduate degree in Computer Aided Architectural Design from ETH Zurich, a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Architecture, specialising in Urban Design and Landscape Architecture from the Technical University of Karlsruhe.  

Prior to her current position, she was Director of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture ­– Landscape Architecture Design Simulation – at ETH Zurich, Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Christophe Girot from 2009-2015.

Pia Fricker is a member of the editorial board of the JoDLA (Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture), the Scientific Program Committee of the DLA conference, the peer review committees of ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) and eCAADe (Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe), as well as expert peer reviewer for the International Journal of Architectural Computing, Landscape and Urban Planning Journal, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and the Journal of Architecture and Urbanism. Pia Fricker has published extensively, and her work has been exhibited at the National Design Centre Singapore, the National Library of Singapore, as well as a part of Helsinki Design Week.

In addition to her academic work, she works as a consultant to municipalities and large-scale landscape and urban projects in the area of digitalization, with special focus on adaptive urban development.

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Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Water Urbanism, Parametric Design, Algorithmic Design, Data-Driven Design, Big Data, Atmospheric qualities in space and multisensory approach in spatial design, Interaction between space and objects, Responsive systems and environments, Emerging models of digital representation, Critical interrogations of the digital and analogue, 211 Architecture, Architecture


How to Cool Down Dense Urban Environments? A Discussion on Site-Specific Urban Mitigating Strategies

Yao Chaowen, Pia Fricker 2021 Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture

Automatic Recognition of Playful Physical Activity Opportunities of the Urban Environment

Tuure Saloheimo, Maximus Kaos, Pia Fricker, Perttu Hämäläinen 2021 Academic Mindtrek 2021

Mind Meets Machine: Immersive Data Interaction

Pia Fricker, Kane Borg, Tina Cerpnjak 2021

Singapore Hawker Centres

Pia Fricker, Toni Kotnik, Kane Borg, Luka Piškorec, Carlos Banon 2020

Bridging tangible and virtual realities : Computational procedures for data-informed participatory processes

Mariusz Hermansdorfer, Hans Skov-Petersen, Pia Fricker, Kane Borg, Philip Belesky 2020 Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture

From Systems to Patterns and Back - Exploring the spatial potential of dynamic patterns in the area of regional planning

Pia Fricker, Ayda Grisiute 2020 Anthropologic: Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age

Computational Design Pedagogy for the Cognitive Age

Pia Fricker, Toni Kotnik, Kane Borg 2020 Anthropologic: Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age

Articulated landscapes

Pia Fricker, Toni Kotnik, Kane Borg, Luka Piškorec, Carlos Banon 2020

Educational landscapes of the digital age: Challenging the frontiers of digital landscape education

Pia Fricker 2019 Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future: Celebrating one hundred years of landscape architecture education in Europe