Dr Urs Bette

Ursus Bette
Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of the Professions

Urs Bette is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and Director of Urs Bette : Design. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and a PhD from RMIT University Melbourne. His design works have been shown at the Architectural Biennale Venice, the AEDES Architecture Gallery Berlin and the FRAC Centre Orléans. His research investigates the role of ‘the unreasonable’ in the design process, revealing strategies that facilitate the poetics of architecture within a professional discourse dominated by expectations of quantifiable performance. The context of this research is set by the relationship between existing urban fabrics and a secondary layer of architectural form. The work contributes to the discourse on sustainable models of urban growth, by developing strategies for urban densification that tap into local histories and voices, including those of the seemingly inanimate - the architecture itself and the ground it sits up-on - to inform the site-related production of architectural character and space. Urs leads practice-based research at the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

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Dr Urs Bette

Urs Bette is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and Director of Urs Bette : Design. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and a PhD from RMIT University Melbourne. His design works have been shown at the Architectural Biennale Venice, the AEDES Architecture Gallery Berlin and the FRAC Centre Orléans. His research investigates the role of ‘the unreasonable’ in the design process, revealing strategies that facilitate the poetics of architecture within a professional discourse dominated by expectations of quantifiable performance. The context of this research is set by the relationship between existing urban fabrics and a secondary layer of architectural form. The work contributes to the discourse on sustainable models of urban growth, by developing strategies for urban densification that tap into local histories and voices, including those of the seemingly inanimate - the architecture itself and the ground it sits up-on - to inform the site-related production of architectural character and space. Urs leads practice-based research at the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 - 2013 Lecturer - Fixed term contract University of Adelaide
2013 Lecturer - Continuing Position University of Adelaide
2006 - 2007 Design Architect Sam / Ott Reinisch
2004 - 2004 Design Architect next ENTERprise Architects
2004 - 2004 Design Architect K.Stattman, Office for Architecture & Research
2004 Director Urs Bette : Design
2001 - 2003 Design Architect Eichinger oder Knechtl
2000 - 2001 Design Architect Designbureau Chavanne
2000 - 2000 Design Architect next ENTERprise Architects
1997 - 1998 Design Architect Atelier Lange Monteagudo
1992 - 1994 Designer Coop Himmelb(l)au

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2016 Teaching Award Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching Faculty of Professions - The University of Adelaide
2016 Achievement OLT innovation and development grant Office for Learning and Teaching $497.000 - jointly awarded to 14 Universities
2015 - 2016 Research Award Cluster Evolution Support University of Adelaide - Faculty of Professions $7,500
2015 - 2016 Research Award Aiming for the Stars University of Adelaide - Faculty of Professions $4.000
2013 - 2014 Scholarship RMIT University HDR Scholarship RMIT University $16.800
2010 - 2010 Award Artist in Residence Studio, 1. Prize, Architectural Design Competition Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
2009 - 2013 Award Thalia NEU, 1. Prize, Architectural Design Competition
2000 - 2000 Recognition Experimental Tendencies in Architecture Austrian Federal Chancellery
2000 - 2000 Scholarship Tische-Scholarship The Austrian Federal Chancelor

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2011 - 2015 RMIT University Australia PhD
1993 - 2000 University of Applied Arts Austria MArch
1987 - 1992 University of Applied Sciences Germany DDes

Certifications

Date Title Institution name Country
2003 Architect Chamber of Architects Germany

Research Interests

Architectural Design, Architecture, Design Innovation, Design Practice and Management, Landscape Architecture

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2012 Bette, U. I. (2012). Artist in Residence Studio. In T. Court, F. Bonnato & J. Cys (Eds.), Design South Australia (pp. 145-147). Adelaide: Integrated Design Commission.
2012 Bette, U. I. (2012). Urs Bette Architecture. In A. Sánchez Vidiella (Ed.), Contemporary Architects 1 (pp. 590-599). Barcelona: LOFT Publications.
2010 Bette, U. I. (2010). Expo 2010 - Uralla Court. In J. Fajardo (Ed.), Starchitects Visionary Architects of the Twenty-first Century (pp. 526-530). Harper Collins.

Original Creative Works

Year Citation
2016 Bette, U. I., (2016). Tindaya Whale, Adelaide, Adelaide Fringe Festival - GRIT,
2016 Bette, U. I., (2016). the dragon in the sea, Basel, Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH,
2014 Bette, U. I. & OttReinisch, I., (2014). HTMTI Training Hotel, Thimpuh, Bhutan,
2014 Bette, U. I., (2014). Dissecting the whale, RMIT Design Hub, RMIT University - School of Architecture & Design - Design Hub,
2013 Bette, U. I., Ott-Reinisch, I. & Sam, F., (2013). Thalia NEU, Graz, Austria, Acoton. Thalia Errichtungs and Vermietungs-GmbH,
2012 Bette, U. I., (2012). To the Islands, Adelaide, South Australian School of Art (SASA) Gallery,
2012 bette,, (2012). River Torrens Footbridge, Adelaide, State Government of South Australia,
2009 Bette, U. I., (2009). Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF) Artist in Residence Studio, Adelaide, Australian Experimental Art Foundation,
2007 Bette, U. I., (2007). Uralla Court ll, Adelaide,
2005 Bette, U. I., (2005). Uralla Court, Adelaide,

Curated or Produced Public Exhibition or Events

Year Citation
2015 Final Year Students, A. L. A. U. D.; (2015); Divergent; Adelaide University - Hub Central;
2014 Final Year Students, A. L. A. U. D.; (2014); Masters of Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design; Adelaide;
2013 Final Year Students, A. L. A. U. D.; (2013); Masters of Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design; Adelaide;

Theses

Year Citation
2015 Bette, U. I.; (2015); Unreasonable Creatures | in dialogue with an activated ground;

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2003 - ongoing Member Chamber of Architects NRW Germany
Position
Senior Lecturer
Phone
83134590
Fax
8313 4377
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Horace Lamb Building
Room Number
4 71
Org Unit
School of Architecture & Built Environment

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