2nd Annual UNSW Computational Design Conference 2018

The 2018 Bachelors cohort is the second student group that has finished a Bachelor’s degree in Computational Design from start to finish. The work of the students demonstrates that UNSW’s CoDe students can play an active role in being at the forefront of Research and Development in computation and computing for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry.

Topics in this year’s conference range again from VR and AR explorations, robotic fabrication, optimisation and decision support to machine learning or sensor driven design. The exact nature of the research topics are direct interests and concerns from industry and again nearly 80 % of all graduands were embedded in offices in Sydney. Thus, we were able to bring interests from industry into academia and work on these issues through an academic lens.

UNSW would like to thank the 2018 industry collaborators:
ARUP, Aurecon, Bates Smart, BIM Consulting, BVN, City of Parramatta, COX Architecture, and PTW

Renovated UNSW Red Centre Gallery


Adriel Saguinsin
with ARUP
Understanding Floor Plan Optimisation: Visualising Metrics for Multi-Level Residences DOWNLOAD THESIS
Katie Rijke
with BIM Consulting
Evaluating the analytic capabilities of computational tools towards achieving more sustainable design outcomes DOWNLOAD THESIS
Mei Yee Jennifer Ng
with ARUP
Automating architectural drawing classification: Implementing a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to identify plans and sections DOWNLOAD THESIS
Rahul Kapoor An Optimisation of the Aerospace Design Process for Form Generation and Structural Analysis DOWNLOAD THESIS
Sophie Scott
with BVN
Discoverable Desks: Finding Location and Orientation for Optimised Office Space Layouts DOWNLOAD THESIS
Aron Sheldon
with PTW
Putting AR into Architecture: Integrating voice recognition and gesture control for Augmented Reality interaction to enhance design practice DOWNLOAD THESIS
Charlotte Firth
with Bates Smart
Bending Expectations: An efficient workflow to produce curved creases in sheet metal, for structural optimisation, using a six-axis robotic arm. DOWNLOAD THESIS
Daniel Camacho
with PTW
Hands on Design: Integrating haptic interaction and feedback in virtual environments for enhanced immersive experiences DOWNLOAD THESIS
Matthew Trilsbeck
with BVN
Meeting in the middle: Hybrid clay fabrication processes for the creation of bio reef structures DOWNLOAD THESIS
Ryan Johann
with Aurecon
Redirecting the Generative Process: Developing a Computational Tool to Solve Material Factor of Safety DOWNLOAD THESIS
Oliver Maré
with ARUP
Avant-Garde Stone Masson's : Collaborative Robots DOWNLOAD THESIS
Carla Papadimatos
with Bate Smart
Biomimetic Facades: A case study of using the Pylum Porifera (sea sponge) to generate sustainable building facade design DOWNLOAD THESIS
Stephen Green
with City of Parramatta
Designing out Urban Heat Islands: Optimising paving material layouts through parametric algorithms DOWNLOAD THESIS
Branco Cosic
with BIM Consulting
A view to the future: gaming engines and VR viewpoint automation for design analysis DOWNLOAD THESIS
Kranthi Maddikayala Programmable materials: Exploring hybrid techniques of origami and soft robotics on kinetic façade structures DOWNLOAD THESIS
Saffat Waes A Quantitative Report on how the Exploration of Spatial Configuration can aid in Housing Privacy Concerns. DOWNLOAD THESIS
Thomas Walder
with COX
Shape your world: Developing an online participatory design ‘game’ platform powered by Grasshopper for community engagement DOWNLOAD THESIS
Emily Leung Developing a 'De-localised' Ecosystem for Architecture-Centric Tools DOWNLOAD THESIS
K. Daniel Yu Parametric Infrastructure Planning via Artificial Organic Simulations through Topographical Analysis DOWNLOAD THESIS

Keynote Speakers

Professor Ning Gu
University of South Australia

Keynote: Quantifying the Subjective: Computation and Cognition in Design

Dr Ning Gu is Professor in Architecture and Deputy Director of the Digital Transformations Research Concentration at the University of South Australia. He researches in the broad areas of Design Computing and Cognition, including topics such as computational design analysis; generative and parametric design systems; virtual worlds; design collaboration, intercultural design and communication; and protocol studies on designers' behaviour and cognition. The findings have been documented in over 170 peer-reviewed publications. He is Visiting Professor at Tianjin University, and Visiting Scholar at MIT, Columbia University and Eindhoven University of Technology.

Professor Michael Ostwald
University of New South Wales

Keynote: Using Computation to Investigate the Myths of Architecture

Michael J. Ostwald is Professor of Architecture at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has a doctorate (PhD) in architectural history and theory and a higher doctorate (DSc) in design computing and mathematics. Michael has authored more than 400 scholarly publications, including 20 books. His recent books include the two-volume Architecture and Mathematics from Antiquity to the Future (Springer, 2015), co-edited with Kim Williams; The Fractal Dimension of Architecture (Birkhäuser, 2016), co-authored with Josephine Vaughan; and The Mathematics of the Modernist Villa (Birkhäuser 2018), co-authored with Michael J. Dawes.