Thin Folded Members

Thin Folded Members

The topic of this research by Anna Szabo is thin folded concrete structures that provide a material-efficient solution for spanning large distances due to the increased load-bearing capacity of their folded form.

Inframe elastic timber gridshell


This thesis by Judyta M. Cichocka presents a design-oriented methodology for the design, optimization and construction of sequentially erected elastic timber gridshells. A multi-objective approach toward simultaneous optimization of the overall size and grid configurations.

Modularizing Transformations

Modularizing Transformations

This thesis by Sen Dai proposes a modularized mechanism for designing transformable materials, as well as a design tool to help the designer make reconfigurable transformable material structures.


Domain Transformations

This thesis by Mathias Bernhard seeks to provide a map of the current computational design landscape. The theoretical first part constructs a series of five dualities around design, geometry representation and their related data structures.

Adaptive Photovoltaic Envelopes

Photovoltaic Envelopes

This study by Prageeth Jayathissa, first presents a performative design environment that combines multiple technological branches into a single automated work-flow.

Shape-Changing Displays

Shape-Changing Displays

This thesis by Aluna Everitt, presents accessible digital fabrication approaches that support the development of shape-changing displays with a range of application examples – such as physical terrain modelling and interior design artefacts.

Volumetric Thinking

Volumetric Thinking

In this thesis by Jiani Zeng, author proposed to get away from surface obsession in object and industrial design, by adding another dimension to the material interface. By embedding information into three-dimensional matter, she introduced volumetric material.

Kinetic Facades

Kinetic Facades

In this research by Kamil Sharaidin, kinetic facades are defined as the ability to response and adapt to the changes of the environmental conditions. The strategies mainly focus on the functions and performances of kinetic facades in the context of indoor daylight…

Stereotomic Models in Architecture

Stereotomic Models

The current research is focused on the implementation of hierarchical porosity in the field of architecture and the use of stereotomic models in order to generate, articulate and evaluate intentional voids in architectural and structural design.

Designing structures with tree forks

Structures with Tree Forks

Naturally occurring branching tree forks seem to exhibit outstanding strength and material efficiency. This thesis by Ishani Desai advances the use of tree forks as a natural connection in structures through two specific contributions.

Origami Surfaces for Kinetic Architecture

Kinetic Architecture

This research by Filipa Peres Frangolho Crespo Osório, proposes the exploration of rigidly folding origami surfaces as the means to materialize reconfigurable spaces through motion. 

Architectural Prototypes

Architectural Prototypes

This doctoral thesis by Jonas Runberger is situated within the digital design field of architecture, and is a continuation of the licentiate thesis Architectural Prototypes: Modes of Design Development and Architectural Practice.

Geometry of Structures

Geometry of Structures

This dissertation shows how the design of constrained structural systems is better solved by an inverse form-finding process, where the parameters and initial conditions of the direct form-finding process are automatically adjusted to match the design intent.

Evolutionary Materialism

Evolutionary Materialism

This thesis by Magnus Larsson is an investigation into how meta-heuristic multi-objective optimisation processes (genetic algorithms driven by evolutionary solvers) can bring about materials-related advantages in architectural performance.

Daylight Optimization Parametric Atrium Design

Daylight Optimization

This thesis by Orn Erlendsson investigates the design of atria for daylighting in large scale buildings. A three dimensional test building with a central atrium was constructed and various parameters of the atrium altered.

Geometries of Light

Geometries of Light

This research by Ramon Elias Weber aims to create architectural geometries that are driven by performance — in light, energy, and structure.

The Parametric Process

Parametric Process

The objective of this study by Christine Pedersen is to investigate the efficiencies of using ‘parametric design’ for landscape designs and in the practice of landscape architecture.

Topology Optimized Hemispherical Shell

Optimized Shell

This thesis by Grace Melcher considers the design of a topology optimized hemisphere, a hemispherical continuous shell, and a hemispherical grid shell, and compares the structural performance of these three shells under asymmetric loads.

CRAFTING DECISIONS Integrating design, fabrication

Crafting Decisions

In this thesis by Molly Mason, author proposes the integration of robotic fabrication and assembly constraints into the design process to use as drivers for form-finding. The framework for this is created through codifying material processes and assembly logics.

Adjudicating by Algorithm

Adjudicating by Algorithm

The workflow presented in this thesis by Madeleine Johanson introduces data interoperability and interdisciplinary practices to produce informed preliminary design, and therefore better urban outcomes.

Self-Organizational Architecture

Self-Organizational Architecture

This study by Allison Jean Isaacs forms a set of principles, methodologies and tools for structuring a full-scale form-finding inquiry through the self-organization of pattern in nature.  

Algorithmic Facade Design

Algorithmic Facade

This dissertation by Inês Alexandra do Côrro Caetano discusses the development of a framework for the design of facades. This work started with an analysis of a large corpus of contemporary facades, which were classified into different categorical dimensions.

Slender Concrete Shells Fabrication

Slender Concrete Shells

This thesis by Philipp Eisenbach examines the contradiction of the possibility to reduce cross-section dimensions, and the complexity of the discontinued homogeneity arising from segmentation.

Optimization of Doubly-Curved Kirigami

Doubly-Curved Kirigami

This thesis by Michael Ramirez focuses on using optimization to computationally construct doubly-curved configurations of the Spin-Valence pattern logic from input surfaces. To accomplish this, optimization in Rhinoceros v6 and Python v3.7 is used.

Optimization of Patterned Structures

Patterned Structures

This thesis by Diego Alfonso Rivera advances a recent work on the optimization of patterned surface structures used for architecture and structural engineering.

Form Finding of Grid Shells

Form Finding of Grid Shells

In this master thesis by Henrik Green & Daniel Lauri a form finding algorithm for grid shells has been developed.  The algorithm is based on dynamic relaxation with kinetic damping coupled with a structural evaluation by the finite element method.

Changing space and sound: parametric design

Space and Sound

This thesis by Christopher W. Norton examines the potential for parametric design software to create performance based design using acoustic metrics as the design criteria.

Form finding and Size Optimization

Form Finding and Optimization

The purpose for the thesis has been to advance SMART Form by implementing beam elements and explore how bending action can be used in the form finding process, allowing for a compromise between initial geometry and fully form found geometry.

Design Through Digital Making

Design Through Making

This thesis by Niloofar Nikookar examines recent projects where representational and fabrication technology is integrated into the architectural design and production process.

Automated digital fabrication

Automated Digital Fabrication

Detailed within this paper is the development of an alternative fabrication concept that utilises an inexpensive, reusable “pin board” mold that is autonomously set to various CAD derived surface geometries by a 6-axis robotic arm manipulator.