Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel is a practicing architect, researcher, educator and writer. He is professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where he directs the Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics. He is founding and acting chairman of the OCEAN Design Research Association. His work is interdisciplinary and focuses on Performance-oriented Architecture and Integrative Information-based Design. His architectural works are experimental and innovation-focused. Hensel has co-pioneered the field of research-by-design in architecture and has an extensive track-record in research, research strategy development, implementation and assessment. He has authored numerous books including Grounds and Envelopes and Performance-oriented Architecture.