Digital Design


Tutors: Richard Difford, Roberto Bottazzi, Jeg Dudley, Adam Holloway, Eva Magnisali, Elite Sher

Undertaken in the first semester of the first year on the MArch, Digital Design is a key component of the Architectural Reflections module and provides the opportunity to learn valuable computer skills; and to reflect critically on the use of digital media in architecture. The programme offers a choice of six different groups each with a different focus and set of interests.  The tutors for these groups are drawn from both practice and academia, providing critical reflection on the role of digital technology in architecture along with practical experience and technical expertise.  Each group combines technical instruction with related theory and precedents. In this way everyone gets a chance to learn something new and to build on their existing knowledge and experience.

The six groups this year are as follows:

Group A: Xpanded Realities

with Elite Sher

Utilising the VR facilities now available as part of the university’s new XR Lab, this group provides an introduction to the use of games engines, Virtual Reality headsets and Augmented Reality in architecture.

Group B: Performative Parametrics

with Jeg Dudley

Using evolutionary algorithms and project-specific analysis tools, this group sets out to construct and optimise parametric designs based on performative criteria.

Group C: Digital Craft

with Adam Holloway

Utilising digital fabrication and generative modelling tools, this group uses simulation and prototyping as part of a recursive cycle of testing and refinement in the design process. 

Group D: Interactive Technologies

with Richard Difford

Focusing on the use of programmable graphics and physical computing, this group considers the way devices such as sensors, motors and lights can be used to construct responsive architectural features and environments.

Group E: Mapping Complex Data

with Roberto Bottazzi

Working through both 2d graphics and 3d computer modelling this group looks at the ways in which digital media can be used to reconstruct a link between data and meaning.

Group F: Data-Driven Robots

with Eva Magnisali   

This group explores the use of the Fabrication Lab’s industrial robots both in the design process and in the production of data-driven components.