School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Dr Nils Jaeger BA MArch PhD

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Lecturer in Digital Architecture


Nils studied Architecture at Technische Universität Berlin (BA, 2003) and Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA (M.Arch., 2006). He completed his PhD on Adaptive Architecture/Responsive Environments in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham (2015). His thesis is titled “Enacted Embodiment in Adaptive Architecture: Physiological Interactions between Inhabitants and Biofeedback Architecture.”


Prior to his doctoral studies, Nils gained professional experience in Dallas, TX, USA, working in a mid-sized architectural office (2007-2010).


Before joining the University of Loughborough, Nils was a Research Fellow at the Mixed Reality Laboratory, University of Nottingham (2015-2017), where he investigated the inhabitation of adaptive architecture and collaborated on a variety of other projects, including two augmented mirror systems as well as digital innovations in the food industry.

Outline of main research interests:

Nils’ main research interest is the inhabitation of adaptive architecture, especially where adaptive architecture is digitally driven. He uses experimental research to examine the embodied relationship between inhabitants and architecture, as well as how they exert and perceive control over them through their bodily interactions in and with adaptive environments. His research has cross-disciplinary implications for our understanding of how the human body relates to and interacts with architecture. This includes investigations of computing systems in the built environment and the psychological processes involved in these interactions. Currently, Nils focusses on architecture as the potential initiator and mediator of bodily interactions with and between its inhabitants.


Nils is also interested in how digital design and fabrication can be used to generate adaptive architecture. He has a keen interest in critical theory as well as mid-century modernism and traditional and contemporary Japanese Architecture.


Grants and contracts:

2011—2014 EPSRC Doctoral Studentship 

Current teaching responsibilities:

CVA013 – Architectural Drawing and Representation

Recent publications:

Jäger, N. (forthcoming) Interacting with Adaptive Architecture. ACM interactions

Jäger, N., Schnädelbach, H., Hale, J., Kirk, D., & Glover, K. (2017). Reciprocal Control in Adaptive Environments. Interacting with Computers, 29(4), 512–529.

Jäger, N. (2016). Enaction in adaptive architecture. archiDOCT, 4(1), 69–85.

Jäger, N., Schnädelbach, H., & Hale, J. (2016). Embodied Interactions with Adaptive Architecture. In N. Dalton, H. Schnädelbach, M. Wiberg, & T. Varoudis (Eds.), Architecture and Interaction (pp. 183–202). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Moran, S., Jäger, N., Schnädelbach, H., & Glover, K. (2016). ExoPranayama: a biofeedback-driven actuated environment for supporting yoga breathing practices. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 1–15.

Selected Publications:

Jäger, N. (2015). Enacted embodiment in adaptive architecture: physiological interactions between inhabitants and biofeedback architecture. (PhD thesis)

Schnädelbach, H., Slovak, P., Fitzpatrick, G., & Jäger, N. (2014). The immersive effect of adaptive architecture. Pervasive and Mobile Computing.

Jäger, N., Moran, S., & Schnädelbach, H. (2014). Using adaptive architecture to support Yoga practices: Social considerations for design (pp. 364–369). Presented at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication Workshops (PERCOM WORKSHOPS), IEEE.

Jäger, N., Schnädelbach, H., & Hale, J. (2014). Real-time Bodily Interactions with Adaptive Architecture (pp. 1–4). Presented at the CHI 2014 Workshop: Interactions and Architectural Space, Toronto.

Moran, S., Jäger, N., Schnädelbach, H., & Glover, K. (2013). Using adaptive architecture to probe attitudes towards ubiquitous monitoring (pp. 42–50). Presented at the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), IEEE.

External collaborators:

Ongoing collaborations:

-       University of Nottingham (Mixed Reality Laboratory; Department of Architecture and Built Environment)

-       University of Lincoln (School of Architecture)