Fabian Kastner

email kastner@arch.ethz.ch

Research Areas

Dissemination of Environmental Knowledge in Architecture, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Architecture and Civil Engineering, Digital Planning Tools for Environmental Assessment in Architecture and Civil Engineering, Serious Games, Embodied Energy and Emissions, Bio-based Materials

Curriculum Vitae

Fabian is a research assistant and PhD student at the Chair of Construction Heritage and Preservation and the NCCR dfab (National Centre of Competence in Research, Digital Fabrication). His research focuses on the interdisciplinary question of how to disseminate sustainable practices on the built environment in society, education, and praxis, with a particular focus on technology-based methods. His dissertation is done in collaboration with the Chair of Sustainable Construction (Prof. Dr. Guillaume Habert) at ETH Zurich. After studying civil engineering at ETH Zurich, he wrote his master’s thesis on life cycle analysis (LCA) and bio-based building materials. His master’s thesis was awarded the Culmann Prize of ETH Zurich. Parallel to his studies, he worked as a student assistant in the laboratory at the Chair of Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich. In 2020, Fabian was certified as a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) In-Use Auditor for the sustainable transformation of existing buildings. After 2 years in the field of consulting and applied research on sustainable construction at intep GmbH (Zurich), he joined the Chair of Construction Heritage and Preservation in 2021. In 2022, he won a Norman Foster Foundation grant on the topic of energy and architecture. A digital strategy game prototype on environmental-friendly building preservation, which he developed in cooperation with the Game Technology Center (ETH Zurich), was nominated for the shortlist of the Swiss Game Awards in 2022. From October 2023 to March 2024, he is an SNSF Visting Scholar at the Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT).

Doctoral project