Johan Bettum is Professor of Architecture and programme director of the Städelschule Architecture Class. He has taught and lectured, amongst other places, at the AA, UCLA, the Berlage Institute, Innsbruck University, the EPFL, Lausanne and Oslo School of Architecture. Bettum studied at the Architectural Association (AA) after gaining a BA with a major in biology from Princeton University. His main interests reside in the intersection between materials, geometry and architectural design. He was a research fellow at the Oslo School of Architecture from 1997-2001 and headed a nationally funded research project on polymer composite materials in architecture. Until 2000 he led the OCEAN group in Oslo whose work on polymer composites and advanced digital modeling greatly influenced the group's projects in this period. Bettum's PhD is titled 'The Material Geometry of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites and Architectural Tectonics.' His experimental practice, ArchiGlobe, explores related small-scale projects.