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Computer linked fabrication techniques of many kinds have become an integral part of the design process, while new digital tools are allowing engineers and architects to understand in far more detail the behaviour of load carrying surfaces, and to generate new architectural forms.
The University of Bath Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering is at the forefront of developments in Digital Tectonics, building on 25 years of research in the field of structural engineering and the generation of architectural form.
From September 2002 the department is establishing Digital Tectonics as an area of postgraduate research. Research degrees will be available at MPhil and PhD level, and there will be a Digital Tectonics option as a route through the MArch course.
Staff teaching in this area will include:
Neil Leach Professor of Architectural Theory, is author of The Anaesthetics of Architecture (MIT, 1999) and Millennium Culture (Ellipsis, 1999), and editor of Rethinking Architecture (Routledge, 1997) Architecture and Revolution (Routledge, 1999), The Hieroglyphics of Space (Routledge, 2002) and Designing for a Digital World (Wiley, 2002)
David Turnbull Professor of Architecture, has previously worked for Stirling Wilford Architects, and is now co-principal (with Jane Harrison) in the architectural practice, Atopos, where he is involved in design work on several continents. He has written extensively on architectural concerns, and is a contributor to Designing for a Digital World.
Chris Williams Senior Lecturer in Engineering, is an internationally renowned expert in computational techniques used to define geometry and analyse structural performance. He has lectured all over the world, and has acted as consultant on a number of significant projects, including the British Museum roof by Foster and Partners and Buro Happold.
Invited Visiting Tutors will include:
Alisa Andrasek Alisa teaches at RPI, New York. She is an internationally acknowledged expert on Genetic Algorithms, and has lectured and published extensively on digital design.
Karl Chu Karl is an architectural theorist and an experimental practitioner. He teaches at both SCI Arc and Columbia University, New York. He is the principal of the architectural studio, Metaxy, has published extensively on digital design and is a contributor to Designing for a Digital World.
Mike Barnes Mike is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. He is one of the pioneers of the application of computers to the generation of structural form and worked with Frei Otto and Ted Happold on projects such as the Munich Aviary.
Mark Burry Mark is Professor of Innovation, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. He has applied computer techniques to the continued construction of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona - providing a link between Gaudi and the latest aerospace software.
Mike Cook Mike is a partner of Buro Happold who has worked with leading architects from Fosters and Partners to Branson Coates Architecture.
Marcelyn Gow Marcelyn teaches with Greg Lynn on the Machinic Processes in Architectural Design course at ETH Zurich. She is also a member of Servo, a design collaborative, which has exhibited work throughout the world. She is a contributor to Designing for a Digital World.
Spela Videcnik Spela was 2001 Corus/BD Young Architect of the Year. She practices in Slovenia, and has published her design work in several books and journals. With her partner, Rok Oman, she is the winner of several international design competitions, including Europan 2001.
For further details contact : DigitalTectonics@bath.ac.uk