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Nils Jaeger

Assistant Professor in Digital Technology and Architecture, Faculty of Engineering



Dr Nils Jaeger is Assistant Professor in Digital Technologies and Architecture.

Nils has an interdisciplinary background in both Architecture (BA from Technische Universität Berlin 2003; M.Arch. from Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA 2006) and Computer Science (PhD from University of Nottingham 2015). Nils' Ph.D. thesis is titled "Enacted Embodiment In Adaptive Architecture: Physiological Interactions between Inhabitants and Biofeedback Architecture," which he completed in the Mixed Reality Laboratory (School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham).

Nils' research is on human-building interaction, (digitally) adaptive architecture, personal data, mental health and wellbeing, and theories of embodiment. He has published book chapters, refereed journal articles, conference papers, and magazine articles in these areas. He has also presented his research at international conferences and as invited guest speaker.

Nils currently supervises three doctoral students on the topics of adaptive architecture and universal design, interactive environments for children, and self-build projects enabled by digital fabrication.

He is teaching a vertical undergraduate design studio (Yrs 2-4 - BArch, BEng, MEng) and a post-graduate taught (PGT) module titled "Design Fabrication". Nils has also convened architectural drawing and representation classes, as well as advanced design skills.

Nils was External Examiner for the Foundation Course in Architecture, International Year One, and the Graduate Diploma at INTO Newcastle, Architecture Programme (2019-2022).

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academic experience:

  • 2019 - present: Assistant Professor in Digital Technologies and Architecture (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • 2017 - 2019: Lecturer in Digital Architecture (Loughborough University, UK)
  • 2015 - 2017: Research Fellow (Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, UK)
  • 2014 - 2015: Research Intern (Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, UK)
  • 2011 - 2015: PhD candidate (Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, UK)

professional experience:

  • 2010 - 2011: architectural consultant (Marburg, Germany)
  • 2007 - 2010: Architectural Technician at Staffelbach Design Associates (Dallas, TX, USA)

Research Summary

Nils' research interest is the relationship between the human body and (adaptive) architecture. He is currently working on the following topics:

  • personal data in adaptive buildings
  • adaptive architecture and mental health and wellbeing
  • smart schools
  • adaptive urban spaces (PhD supervision)
  • adaptive and imaginative environments for children (PhD supervision)
  • novel methods for architectural experience sampling

Selected Publications

Past Research

Nils has done research across several topics and methodologies, including:

  • autonomous systems in health care experiences at home
  • personal data and adaptive architecture
  • enactive embodiment in adaptive architecture
  • perceived control in adaptive architecture
  • yoga in and with adaptive architecture
  • interactions with smart home appliances
  • digital food experiences

Future Research

I welcome inquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Human-Building Interaction, (Digitally) Adaptive Architecture and Adaptive Urban Spaces, Behaviour-responsive Spaces; Digital Wellbeing in Architectural Space.

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