Methods in Digital Architectural Design: Understanding the Aspects That Enable a Re-Active, Two-Way Communication in the Digital Architectural Design Education

By Andrei Gheorghe.

Published by The Design Collection

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This paper explores the definition of methods and skills in digital architectural design; it argues that the potential of new digital technologies in architectural education is currently not fully used, because these digital processes are taught following traditional paper-based methods. Innovative digital architectural design does not only use digital skills in the design process, but also calls for specific digital design methods. This paper attempts to identify specific digital design methods, which allow for a re-active, two-way human-computer interaction and critical feedback during the conceptualization process of architectural projects. Furthermore, this research paper offers specific project examples in each of the analyzed methods. It suggests a holistic application of these methods in an experimental architectural education course, aiming at preparing students towards exploring digital architectural design methods and at the same time learning digital skills.

Keywords: Architectural Curriculum, Digital Architectural Design, Digital Methods, Education

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.129-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 6.396MB).

Andrei Gheorghe

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA

Andrei Gheorghe is currently Assistant Professor in Architecture and Digital Media and Fabrication at Portland State University. He graduated as a Fulbright Student at GSD Harvard University (with distinction), where has was the recipient of the GSD Harvard Digital Design Prize, and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He taught at various institutions such as SCI-ARC Los Angeles, ACoFA Vienna and GSD Harvard (Career Discovery) and worked as an architect for different offices such as Jakob + MacFarlane Paris and FOA London. He is also a founding member of the platform ID-Design.cc in Vienna, whose primary interest lies in the development of integrated design approaches. The work includes design prototypes for private clients, interactive urban furniture for the city of Vienna and urban masterplan designs in Austria and abroad.

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