Design and Analysis of Spatial Configurations


This dissertation by Pirouz Nourian reports a PhD research on mathematical-computational models, methods, and techniques for analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of spatial configurations in architecture and urban design.

The Structure of L-System


This project by Po-Hung Chiu is a study of a methodology for the parametric design and fabrication of the bionic structure.

Permeation among Architecture


Retrospects on the original purpose of architecture, despite all those form-versus-function disputations, clarify us that the simple essence of a building is just to satisfy the basic human need, for us to fullfill our daily activities.


Folded Surfaces

Both in the field of design and architecture origami is often taken as a reference for its kinetic proprieties and its elegant appearance. Dynamic facades, fast deployment structures, temporary shelters, portable furniture, retractile roofs…

A Novel Concept for Airport Terminal Design Integrating Flexibility

Airport Design

The current research by Sarah N. Shuchi proposes a design framework to develop flexible layouts of departure areas in an international airport. A flexible design framework for airport terminals has been developed based on a number of hypotheses.

Form Finding of Arches in Tensile Structures

Form Finding of Arches

In this thesis by Giorgio Piscitelli, a new form-finding method is developed for system combining arches, membranes, cables, ties and struts. First the whole mathematical theory is elaborated then digital tools are created in the Grasshopper.

Collaborative Architecture

Collaborative Architecture

This thesis by Paul Poinet is an attempt to enhance collaborative practices in architecture, engineering and construction through Multi‑Scalar Modelling Methodologies. The thesis examines the interdisciplinary concept of Multi‑Scalar Modelling through the scope of the AEC domain.

Generative Design for Building Information Modeling

Generative Design for BIM

This thesis by Guilherme Henrique Aciaioli de Sousa Barreto proposes a solution that allows the exploration of GD using the BIM paradigm, taking full advantage of its capabilities. The solution is an extension of Rosetta, a GD environment.

Intelligent building skins: Parametric-based algorithm for kinetic facades design and daylighting performance integration

Intelligent Building Skins

This thesis by Mohamed Mansour El Sheikh presents the initial experiment, in which the external skin actuates to optimize daylight-deflection, maintaining a desirable luminous indoor environment.



This study by AMAL ELSHTWEİ is an attempt to link the two emerging sciences; Biomimicry and computational design, by exploring their potential in developing a more ideal architecture: “Morphogenesis.”

Designed Parameters: Advancing Parametric Software in the Architectural Design Process

Designed Parameters

This thesis by Thomas Le Comte seeks to explore parametric design through its implementation within a group design project to decipher how a parametric process grounded in an understanding of digital fabrication can inform architectural space.

An Architectural Implementation of Topology Optimization

Topology Optimization

This thesis by Soo Jung Woo explores the use of Topology Optimization in architectural design by implementing a Bidirectional Evolutionary Structural Optimization type TO script as a guide to create a composition of discrete members with complex geometries. 

Algorithmic Toolmaking: Parameter Thinking in Landscape Architecture

Algorithmic Toolmaking

This thesis by Kadin Hegglun interrogates the contentious integration of digital technologies into the field of landscape architecture. Identifying that an application of computational technique is largely unknown, the research delves into the scripting…

The Digital Workflow of Parametric Structural Design Developing Grid Shells in a Nordic Climate

Parametric Structural Design

In this thesis by Åshild Huseby and Marie Eliassen , the objective is to come up with a parametric design procedure for a timber grid shell where the structure was robust enough to handle the asymmetric pressure from climate induced loads.

High energy efficient building envelope design with integrated workflow in multidisciplinary performance criteria

Efficient Building Envelope

This research by Dong Kyu Lee demonstrates a practical method for low environmental impact and high energy efficient building façade system under interconnected workflow between architecture design and environmental performance modeling.

Performance-based form-finding and material distribution of free form roof structures

Free Form Structures

The purpose of the current research project by Stavroula Schoina is to propose a design process, based on performance-based design, in order to optimise the shape and distribute the material of free form roof structures.

Interactive Facade

Interactive Facade

This thesis by Tella Irani Shemirani is focused on investigating the question of: How can a space develop an understanding of its users (through their body gestures) and respond accordingly?

Design of Freeform Membrane-Tensegrity Structure


In this thesis by Ye Feng, a generic digital tool for constructing membrane- tensegrity structure will be developed by referring to the analysis of MOOM pavilion and the generic freeform tensegrity algorithm proposed by Tomohiro Tachi and his team in The University of Tokyo.

Visual analytics for generative design exploration

Visual Analytics

This thesis by J. van Kastel proposes a visual analytics system that visualizes design geometries and performances of a large data set of design alternatives in a highly interactive data environment.

Generative Design Exploration: Computation and Material Practice

Generative Design Exploration

This dissertation by Mania Aghaei Meibodi examines the capacity of algorithm—as a basis for computation—to diversify and expand the design exploration by enabling the designer to link disparate models and different representational mediums.

Evolutionary Optimization of Parametric Structures Understanding Structure and Architecture as a whole from Early Design Stages

Evolutionary Optimization

This thesis by Aitor Almaraz aims to explore the possibilities of the implementation of parametric design as a linking tool for architectural spatial decisions, structure and costs -in economic and energetic terms-  to analyze and determine their performance.

Modelled on Software Engineering: Flexible Parametric Models in the Practice of Architecture

Flexible Parametric Models

In this thesis Daniel Davis considered, using a reflective practice methodology, how software engineering may inform parametric modelling. Across three case studies he took aspects of the software engineering and apply them to the design of parametric models.

Biomimicry of Feathers for Airport Design

Biomimicry of Feathers

This thesis by Sarah Sunyoung Park, will examine the design of an airport building through biomimicry. Because of a correlation between flights, airplanes, airports, and feathers, she has selected a feather for her biological inspiration.

Parametric Architecture

Parametric Architecture

This investigation will analyse and define the definition for Parametricism. It will analyse and compare multiple parametric theories. Then using case studies to endeavour how parametricism has been used in the design process.

Parametric Architecture - Total Fluidity

Total Fluidity

For this research, Mrigank Nath decided to consider Fluidity as a parameter in the building construction in India. The main idea is to understand how a building, in simple terms behave like fluids.

A-BIM: Algorithmic-based Building Information Modelling

Algorithmic-Based BIM

In this thesis, author defines, explores and evaluates A-BIM in the context of architectural design. Through a case study, she compares A-BIM to two other design approaches, namely an algorithmic approach to geometry-based CAD and a manual BIM approach.

Adaptive Parameterisation: Methods for employing flexible data structures for complex modelling practices in architectural design

Adaptive Parameterisation

This thesis by David Stasiuk presents adaptive parameterisation as a method for formulating and developing complex computational design modelling systems, where open-ended design systems may be activated. 

Elastic Energy Behaviours of Curved-crease Origami

Curved-Crease Origami

This thesis by Ting-Uei Lee explored the design of elastically-bent curved-crease origami by developing a set of curved-crease patterns with interaction between material elastic bending energy behaviours and origami developability constraints.

Performance Software Approaches for Kinetic Architecture: Programmable Matter Based Simulations

Kinetic Architecture

Performance Software Approaches for Kinetic Architecture: Programmable Matter Based Simulations by Nelson Montás Laracuente is an investigation concerning kinetic architecture design software support that will be used to simulate behavior of shape memory materials.

Origami In Kinetic Architecture

Origami In Kinetic Architecture

This research by Scott Macri creates a useful primer for designing rigid-thick origami structures by simplifying and organizing existing knowledge on rigid-thick origami into a more accessible format for designers and architects.