Online Summer Lecture Series on Computational Design and the Future of Architecture

22 July-24 July 2020

Online Summer Lecture Series 2020 is a special program by Architecture Program, School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. As previously initiated by the Summer School in 2018, this year we invite prominent international speakers to give talks and discuss on the theme of: Computational Design and the Future of Architecture. The program is intended free for students in the field of design: architecture, urban design, industrial design, etc. The goal is to address recent issues and trends of computational design in architecture and other related fields, considering growing concern of uncertainty and complexity that open potential possibilities.

Professor Mark Burry AO ATSE AIA

Director Smart Cities Research Institute, Professor of Urban Futures, Swinburne Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

Mark Burry is the Founding Director for Swinburne University of Technology’s ‘Smart Cities Research Institute’, an appointment he took up in May 2017.  His role is to lead the development of a whole-of-university research approach to helping ensure that our future cities anticipate and meet the needs of all – smart citizens for smart cities. 

In 2018 Mark Burry was appointed as an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to spatial information architecture as an academic, researcher and author, and as an innovator in the application of digital manufacturing and construction methods.” 2018 also saw Mark Burry elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).

Mark Burry is a practising architect who has published internationally on two main themes: putting theory into practice with regard to procuring ‘challenging’ architecture, and the life, work and theories of the architect Antoni Gaudí.  He has been Senior Architect to the Sagrada Família Basilica Foundation since 1979, pioneering distant collaboration with his colleagues based on-site in Barcelona.   In 2001 Mark Burry founded the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) at RMIT University before establishing the Design Research Institute (DRI) in 2008.  He held an ARC funded Federation Fellowship in ‘Complex Architecture and Convergent Design’ 2007-2012.  He joined the University of Melbourne in 2014 as Professor of Urban Futures at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning where he helped develop the Faculty’s capacity to consolidate research in urban futures, drawing together and augmenting expertise in urban visualisation, urban analytics, and urban policy.

Professor Neil Leach

Neil Leach is an architect, curator and writer. He is currently Visiting Professor at Harvard University GSD, Professor at the European Graduate School, Gao Feng Professor at Tongji University, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California. He has also taught at SCI-ArcArchitectural Association, Columbia GSAPP, Cornell University, Dessau Institute of Architecture, IaaC, London Consortium , Royal Danish School of Fine Arts, ESARQ, University of Nottingham, University of Bath and University of Brighton.

His research interests fall broadly into two fields, critical theory and digital design. In the field of critical theory, he has published a number of monographs and edited volumes, dealing largely with the impact of importing theoretical tools from critical theory into an architectural arena. These include Rethinking Architecture: A Reader in Cultural Theory (Routledge, 1997); The Anaesthetics of Architecture (MIT Press, 1999); Millennium Culture (Ellipsis, 1999); Architecture and Revolution: Contemporary Perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 1999); The Hieroglyphics of Space: Reading and Experiencing the Modern Metropolis (Routledge, 2002), China (Map Office, 2004) and Camouflage (MIT Press, 2006). In the field of digital design, he has published a number of edited volumes, including Designing for a Digital World (Wiley, 2002), Digital Tectonics (Wiley, 2004) and Digital Cities (Wiley, 2009)  and 3D Printed Body Architecture (Wiley, 2017). He has also been co-curator of the Fast Forward>> exhibition at the Architecture Biennial Beijing 2004, the Emerging Talents, Emerging Technologies exhibition at the Architecture Biennial Beijing 2006, and the (Im)material Processes: New Digital Techniques for Architecture exhibition at the Architecture Biennial Beijing 2008.

Associate Professor Dr. M. (Michela) Turrin

Michela Turrin is Associate Professor at the Chair of Design Informatics, TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. Her expertise is Computational Design at the intersection of Architectural Design and Building Technology. Her ambition is to support architectural design innovation with sound fulfilment of engineering performance-criteria, by offering novel computational methods, techniques and tools.

Her work focuses on computational design to support the performance-based exploration of design alternatives for buildings and building’s components, in order to generate knowledge on the built environment and facilitate the scientific understanding of building performances; to increase the incorporation of different criteria in integrated computational models and processes; to compare and creatively explore different scenarios, empowering the multi-disciplinary integration since the early design phase.

The use of additive manufacturing is explored to produce optimized and customized components. She leads the research at LAMA, Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing in Architecture at TU Delft. She leads several granted and externally funded research projects with international consortia, practice and industry. She supervises PhD researchers and MSc students; and coordinates MEGA, an interdisciplinary design MSc course for Architecture, Building Technology and Civil Engineering.

She was Marie Curie Fellow at Beijing University of Technology. She collaborated at Green World Solutions Ltd in Beijing. She taught in international events, such as the IFoU Summer School 2012 in Beijing and Winter School 2013 in Hong Kong. In 2014-2016 she was Excellent Oversea Instructor at South China University of Technology and awarded a grant by the Key State Laboratory of Subtropical Building Science. In 2012-2015 she was senior lecturer at Yasar University in Turkey. She taught at IUAV University of Venice. She received her PhD at TU Delft and her MSc degree at IUAV.

Dr. Alberto Pugnale

Dr Alberto Pugnale is an Architect and Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning of the University of Melbourne. He is the Academic Convenor of the Hallmark Research Initiative (HRI) on Bioinspiration, and the Pathway Coordinator of the Architecture Major – Bachelor of Design.

In 2007, he won the IASS HANGAI Prize, an international contest of research papers that are related to the field of shell and spatial structures for young researchers under 30. In 2008 he won a research scholarship granted by the ISI Foundation, Lagrange Project (Turin, Italy), related to the study of complex architectural and structural bodies. During the same year, he won the 3rd prize at the IABSE Photo Contest of Structures, an international competition of photos that exhibit the achievement/art of structural engineering. In 2019, he got the ABP Open Award for Excellence in Teaching for the innovative development of “How virtual Becomes Real”, a design studio that includes intensives and blended learning modes, and is positioned at the intersection of theory and practice, historical precedent and projective design. He is currently leading a large Learning & Teaching Grant on ePortfolio. From 2010 to 2012 he was Assistant Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has been teaching as invited lecturer in Italy, France, China and the US.

At present, he is member of the ‘International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures’ (IASS), of the ‘Architecture Science Association’ (ASA) and of the ‘Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand’ (SAHANZ). He is also reviewer of international journals, and is member of the Editorial Board of the Nexus Network Journal and the International Journal of Space Structures.

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Professor Kostas Terzidis

Kostas Terzidis is professor at D&I at Tongji University and director of the ShangXiang Lab.  Previously, was associate professor at Harvard University GSD (2003-2011) and assistant professor at the UCLA (1995-2003).   He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, Masters from OSU, and diploma from Aristotle University.  His research is automated design and AI.  He is author of numerous academic papers and the sole author of four books: Permutation Design (Routledge: 2014), Algorithms for Visual Design (Wiley: 2009), Algorithmic Architecture (Architectural Press: 2006), and Expressive Form (Spon:2003).  Between 2011-2017 he created and ran a startup called Organic Parking, Inc.

Associate Professor Rudi Stouffs

Rudi Stouffs is Dean’s Chair Associate Professor and Deputy Head (Research) at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.

He received his PhD in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSC in Computational Design, also from CMU, and an MSc in Architectural Engineering from the Free University Brussels.

He has held previous appointments at Carnegie Mellon University, ETH Zurich, and TU Delft.

At NUS, he leads the Architectural and Urban Prototyping lab, is Research Thrust Leader for Parametric BIM in the NUS Centre of Excellence in BIM Integration, a Principal Investigator in the Future Resilient Systems II research programme and a co-Principal Investigator in the Future Cities Laboratory , both at the Singapore ETH Centre.

He is vice-president (elect) of eCAADe, the association for Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, and has been an officer in its sister organization, the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. He is an editorial board member for the International Journal of Architectural Computing, AI-EDAM (Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing), and Cogent Social Sciences. He acts as a reviewer for numerous international peer-reviewed journals and conferences, as well as national research foundations.

His research expertise and interests include computational issues of description, modelling, and representation for design, in the areas of shape recognition and design generation, building information modelling and analysis, virtual cities and digital twins.