Ivan Petrovic Prize

The Ivan Petrovic prize is awarded annually at the eCAADe Conference for the best presentation by a young researcher (under 35 years of age).

The prize is awarded in memory of the former Vice President of eCAADe, Professor Ivan Petrovic, whose enthusiastic and energetic approach to research and education in Computer Aided Architectural design was an inspiration to many in the field.

The prize-winner receives a certificate, a free place at a future eCAADe Conference, a one years subscription to IJAC and help to publish the paper in IJAC.

2018 Prize Winner, eCAADe Lodz, Poland: This years winner of Ivan Petrovic best young presenter award was Sebastian Białkowski with his paper Topology Optimization Influence on Architectural Design Process.

Sebastian Białkowski

2017 Prize Winner, eCAADe Rome, Italy: This year’s winner of the Ivan Petrovic Prize was Kareem Elsayed with the paper co-authored with Antonio Fioravianti and Francesco Squasi, Low cost Housing: Testing snap-fit joints in agricultural residue panels.

2016 Prize Winner, eCAADe Oulu, Finland: This year’s winner of the Ivan Petrovic Prize was Alexander Holland with the paper co-authored with Stanislav Roudavski, Design Tools and Complexity: Mobile Games and Collective Imagination.


2015 Prize Winner, eCAADe Vienna, Austria: This year’s winner of the Ivan Petrovic Prize was Constantinos Miltiadis with the paper Virtual Architecture in a Real-time, Interactive, Augmented Reality Environment – project Anywhere and the potential of Architecture in the age of the Virtual.

Constantinos Miltiadis

2014 Prize Winner, eCAADe Newcastle, United Kingdom: This year’s winner of the Ivan Petrovich Prize was Kostas Grigoriadis  with his paper Material Fusion: A Research Into the Simulated Blending of Materials Using Particle Systems.


2013 Prize Winner, eCAADe Delft, Netherlands: This year’s winner of the Ivan Petrovich Prize was Zjenja Doubrovski with the paper Biological Computation for Digital Design and Fabrication.


Zjenja Doubrovski

Winner of the 2013 Ivan Petrovich prize, Zjenja Doubrovski

2012 Prize-winner, eCAADe Prague, Czech Republic: This year’s winner of the Ivan Petrovich Prize was Bruno Araújo with the paper Combining Virtual Environments and Direct Manipulation for Architectural Modelling.


2011 Prize-winners, eCAADe Ljubljana, Slovenia:  The winner of the 2011 Ivan Petrovich Prize was David Lemberski with the paper TouchControl: An interactive multi-touch 3D design tool.

2010 Prize-winners, eCAADe Zurich, Switzerland: The winners of the 2010 Ivan Petrovich Prize, were Katarina Novakova with the paper A Design Studio Pedagogy for Experiments in Collaborative Design, and Pia Fricker with the paper Towards a Meaningful Usage of Digital CNC Tools.


Pia Fricker

Pia Fricker with conference organiser Dr Frédérick Bosché


eCAADe President Wolfgang Dokonal, Katarina Novakova and Vice President José Duarte

2009 Prize-winners, eCAADe Istanbul, Turkey: The winner of the 2009 Ivan Petrovich Prize, was Gabriel Wurzer with the paper
Systems: Constraining Functions through Processes (and Vice Versa)


Ivan Petrovich prize 2009

Winner Gabriel Wurzer with eCAADe President Wolfgang Dokonal and Henri Achten

Runners-up were:
Jerome Frumar

Beyond Representation: Real Time Form Finding of Tensegrity Structures with 3D ‘Compressed’ Components

Andres Hermund
Building Information Modeling in the Architectural Design Phases

Tugrul Yazar

Role of Studio Exercises in Digital Design Education: Case Study of the Nine-Square Grid

Sven Schneider
A Virtual Design Platform: Bridging Barriers When Designing with Computers

Saghayegh Shadkhou
Design, Fabrication, Digital: Between digital design and digital fabrication

David van der Maas
Thermochromic Information Surfaces: Interactive Visualization for Architectural Environments

The winner receives a free suscription to a future eCAADe Conference. The runners up win a free suscription to the IJAC Journal for one year

Ivan Petrovich prize 2009

Ivan Petrovich prize 2009

Ivan Petrovich prize 2009

Ivan Petrovich prize 2009

Ivan Petrovich prize 2009

2008 Prize-winners, eCAADe Antwerp, Belgium: This year an on-line anonymous voting system was adopted for the first time, thanks to the hosts, Marc Muylle and his team. In a very close contest there was winner and we had four runners up. The Council commented on both the very high quality of research, and presentation of the research at the Conference. The winner was Louisa Dalla Vecchia.


2007 prizewinners

Winner Louisa Dalla Vecchia with eCAADe Vice  President José Duarte

Runners-up were:
Onur Gun

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates New York

Martin Tamke
Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Kopenhagen

Jan Halatsch

ETH Zurich

Gideon Aschwanden
ETH Zurich

2007 Prize-winners, eCAADe Frankfurt, Germany: The Ivan Petrovic Prize was shared between Pablo Grazziotin and Luis Felipe González Böhme. Pablo presented the paper: City Zoom by Turkienicz, Benamy; Bellaver, Bábara; Grazziotin, Pablo. Luis presented the paper by Donath, Dirk; Böhme, Luis Felipe González (2007) entitled Constraint-Based Design in Participatory Housing Planning.


2007 prizewinners

The 2007 Prizewinners with President, Henri Achten, and Vice Presidents, Jose Duarte and Wolfgang Dokonal.

2006 Prize-winners, eCAADe Volos, Greece: The winner was Eyal Nir, of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Ramat-Gan, Israel with a paper on Parametric Point Clouds. Runners up were Panagiotis Chatzitsakyris and Theodore Dounas who receive a year’s subscription to IJAC as their prize.


After receiving his architectural degree at the Technion in Israel, Eyal joined Foster and Partners Specialist Modelling Group in 2000. Upon Returning to Israel Eyal Completed his Master and PhD research at the Technion in 2005. His research focused on the development of innovative parametric and generative design methodologies. Eyal co-founded and coordinated the digital design program at the department of interior – building and environment design at Shenkar College in Israel from 2004-2007.



2005 Prize-winners, eCAADe Lisbon: Shared between Axel Kilian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge USA, and Agnieszka Sowa, Assistant at the Chair of CAD at Bialystok Technical University, Poland.


Axel Kilian, Dipl.-Ing., SMArchS

After receiving his Architectural degree at the University of the Arts Berlin in 1998, Axel Kilian came to MIT for a Master of Science on a Fulbright scholarship in 2000. Since 2001 he has been a Ph.D. student in the Computation group in the Department of Architecture at MIT and focuses on the application of programming in Design. Axel Kilian has co-taught a number of workshops and as a TA, a design studio, with the focus on parametric and generative tools in the Architecture Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Agnieszka Sowa

Agnieszka Sowa is an assistant at the Chair of CAD at Bialystok Technical University, Poland. She is also a PhD student at Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. She is cooperating with TT&B architecture office as a freelance designer.

Her research interest concerns computer-aided generation of forms and structures, production with CNC machines in architecture as well as CAD teaching problems. She received a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Bialystok Technical University in 2002. Since 2004 she has also been a holder of a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Computer-Aided Architectural Design obtained from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

2004 Prize-winner, eCAADe Copenhagen: Shared between Claire Hannibal, Liverpool University School of Architecture and Claus-Jürgen Schink, University of Karlsruhe, Germany.


Claire Hannibal

I graduated from the Liverpool School of Architecture with the degrees of BA (Hons) Architecture (1999) and BArch (2002) and have worked in practice for Wales, Wales and Rawson Architects in the UK. I am currently a final year PhD student at the University of Liverpool and work as a member of the CAAD research unit, investigating the appropriate communication of digital architecture during the early stages of design.

Claus-Jürgen Schink

Architect, Dipl. Ing.

His research work concerns the new forms of collaborative design made possible by the use of information technologies and their application to the education of architects and engineers. He worked previously on research projects in the field of CAD-CAM applications in massive wood technology and on Integrated Life Cycle Analysis. At presents his work is focussed on the process integration in the refurbishment of buildings under use. Sustainable refurbishment under use will be the main issue for the German building sector in the coming years. For more information, please consult the following pages:


2003 Prize-winner, eCAADe Graz: Silke LANG, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Silke LANG

Lang, Silke and Hovestadt, Ludger (2003)

An architectural framework within a spatially immersive real-time environment for advanced communication and collaboration

Digital Design [21th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9541183-1-6] Graz (Austria) 17-20 September 2003, pp. 37-43

Silke Lang is research assistant and PhD candidate at the Chair of CAAD at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Her research interests include information and communication technologies, and human computer interaction in architecture. She is member of the blue-c research team.


She received her Dipl.-Ing. degree in architecture from the University of Technology Munich in 2000 and her Dipl. NDS ETHZ degree in Computer Aided Architectural Design from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in 2001.

[download full paper in PDF fomat]

2002 Prize-winner, eCAADe Warsaw: Shen Kai TANG, NCTU, Hsinchu, Taiwan


Shen-Kai TANG

PhD student instructed by Professor Yu-Tung Liu
Graduate School of Architecture
National Chiao Tung University

“A Digital Reconstruction Procedure for A Disappeared City Space and Its Activities. p.598-p.603”

I have the honour to be a PhD student led by professor Yu-Tung Liu (Aleppo) at the National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan where the research environment that has been created mainly by Professor Liu is full of possibilities and inspirations. After 4 years graduate study in NCTU, I was equipped with key knowledge and technologies of design cognition, design computing, environmental simulation, digital construction, virtual archaeology, and virtual reality.

One journal paper, six conference papers and participations of eleven projects have also been undertaken and published during this period of time. The research project that was the most experimental and won the Ivan Petrovic Prize involves trying to turn traditional process of archaeology into digital one, representing the digital content by the use of VR equipment, and combining the created virtual space with physical one.

The next step we are working on now is starting to enrich the content of the virtual world, enhance the usability of interaction, and ensure the criteria of mental orientation and perception in order to make physical and virtual spaces a seamless fit.

[download full paper in PDF fomat]

2001 Prize-winner, eCAADe Helsinki: Shared between Damien HANSER and Gilles HALIN, CRAI, Nancy, France


Damien Hanser

Architect, Doctor in Architectural Sciences
Researcher at the Centre Henri Tudor in the team CITI (Centre of Innovation by the Information Technologies).

His research work concerns the definition innovative tools and methods dedicated to collaborative work support. Located in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Centre Henri Tudor is a Public institution where 250 engineers work on several domains of expertise: Management & IT Technologies, Industrial Management & Technologies, Environmental Technologies. For more information, please check the following pages:


Gilles Halin

Professor, Doctor in Computer Science.
Researcher at the UMR CNRS/Culture MAP in the team CRAI (Research Centre in Architecture and Engineering).

His research is concerned with the the definition of tools and methods for design assistance and more particularly : data modelling, the visualization of co-operative activity, and information retrieval via graphic representation.

The MAP-CRAI is a research centre attached to the School of Architecture of Nancy (France). Its domains of expertise are: Assistance to Architectural Design, Image Synthesis, and Archaeological Reconstruction. For more information, please check the following page:

[www.crai.archi.fr] [download full paper in PDF fomat]


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