New President of the Berlin University of the Arts
Prof. Dr. Norbert Palz, who teaches digital and experimental design in the Department of Architecture at the university’s Faculty of Design and has held the office of the First Vice-President since 2018, has been elected as the new President for five years by the extended Academic Senate of the Berlin University of the Arts. Palz will be replacing Prof. Martin Rennert, whose current term ends on 9 January 2020. “I look forward to working at a 21st century artistic university together with all the faculties, cross-campus centres and the Central Institute for Continuing Education, whilst being respectful of their traditions and cultures; but always with the aim of strengthening the importance of the arts in society,” said Palz regarding the election. Norbert Palz, born in Zweibrücken in 1970, teaches and researches in the context of art, architecture and technology. He worked at UN Studio in Amsterdam and NOX Architects in Rotterdam. Together with Robert Banovic, he founded the office for architecture and art production TARGADESIGN in 2003; he focused on digital design and manufacturing processes in art projects for clients such as Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Demand and Monica Bonvicini. He is also a member of the DFG network “Adaptive Armierung geometrisch komplexer zementgebundener Formkörper” (Adaptive reinforcement of geometrically complex cement-bound moulds) and a member of the newly founded interdisciplinary working group “Additive Fabrikation” (Additive Manufacturing).