3rd Annual UNSW Computational Design Conference 2019

The 2019 Bachelors cohort is the third 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.

The 2019 CoDe conference was held at UNSW Red Centre Gallery on the 6th of December

UNSW would like to thank the 2019 industry collaborators:
ARUP, Aurecon, BIM Consulting, BVN, COX Architecture, Mott MacDonald, PTW, and WSP


Keynotes and Post Graduate
Jane Burry
Swinburne University
Architectural and Digital Dynamics: from geometry to sensorially responsive environments Watch Presentation
Marc Aurel Schnabel
Victoria University of Wellington
Immersive Architectural Legacies: The Construction of Meaning in Speculative Virtual Realities Watch Presentation
Narridh Khean Architectural Artificial Intelligence: Exploring and Developing Strategies, Tools, and Pedagogies Toward the Integration of Deep Learning in the Architectural Profession Watch Presentation
Contextualising: Sensors and Responsive Environments
Phenpitcha Penny Talalak
with Arup Engineering
Data Sonification for urban wayfinding THESIS | PRESENTATION
Yuncong Mika Liu Data-driven life:Smart home automation system based on location THESIS | PRESENTATION
Ethan Gonzaga
with WSP
Using urban observational data to enhance the complexity of agent-based pedestrian simulations THESIS | PRESENTATION
Aaron Djong
with Arup Engineering
Reconfiguring Labour: Investigation towards autonomous robots for a moving desk office environment THESIS | PRESENTATION
Cheng Vincent Xiang Adaptive apartment simulation: adaptable space for the future high-density living THESIS | PRESENTATION
Simona Bojceska
with BVN Real
The Vision of Virtual Reality: A Perspective through Eye Tracking to inform Wayfinding Design THESIS | PRESENTATION
Constructing: Virtual and Physical
Zahra Sadiq A Alshakhs Less the better: Reducing material use by optimising additive manufacture workflows for concrete wall construction THESIS | PRESENTATION
Aaron Leong Exploring robotics in parametric brick wall prototyping using computational form finding techniques THESIS | PRESENTATION
Nicholas Lucchese
with Aurecon
Substance without form(work) : Exploring alternatives for constructing form-finding concrete formwork THESIS | PRESENTATION
Timothy Vugrek
with ARUP Engineering
Reconfiguring Labour: Investigation towards autonomous robots for a moving desk office environment THESIS | PRESENTATION
Christopher Chidiac Automated Freeform Fabrication: Developing of accessible Non-Planar printing workflows for the AEC industry THESIS | PRESENTATION
Thomas Wyburn
with COX Architecture
Diagnosing complexity: automated slicing criteria for the digital fabrication of a sea wall THESIS | PRESENTATION
Calibrating 1: Machine Learning / AI / Decision Support
Alan Wang Investigating applications of machine learning in construction compliance systems THESIS | PRESENTATION
Lachlan Brown
with PTW
Exploring robotics in parametric brick wall prototyping using computational form finding techniques THESIS | PRESENTATION
William Hamilton
with COX Architecture
Keeping up with the Code: Communicating the decision making of architectural scripts THESIS | PRESENTATION
Baptiste Higgs
with BVN
Sanitary sanity: Developing post-occupancy evaluation fidelity using machine learning with sensors for private spaces THESIS | PRESENTATION
Calibrating 2: Simulation / Optimisation
Wukai Kong Genetic Algorithm assisted decision making for data based residence roof truss system THESIS | PRESENTATION
Michael Rizoski
with Mott MacDonald
Trusting Automation in Architectural and Engineering Workflows: A case study into core wall optimisation for multi-storey buildings THESIS | PRESENTATION
Alec Saguinsin
with PTW
Design to Optimized: Ensuring Multi-Residential buildings meet Solar Access Compliance through Genetic Algorithms THESIS | PRESENTATION
Eden Li Dynamic Crowd flow: Real time digital interactions to promote experiment lead decisions in way-finding design THESIS | PRESENTATION

Keynote Speakers

Jane Burry

Jane Burry is an architect, Professor and Dean in the School of Design, Swinburne University, Melbourne.

Jane’s research focus is mathematics in contemporary design. Jane is co author of Prototyping for Architects, Thames and Hudson, 2016, lead author of The New Mathematics of Architecture, Thames and Hudson, 2012. She is also engaged in research into the relationship between architecture and advanced manufacturing, and the integration of analysis feedback in early design and its intersection with interactive physical and digital architecture (Designing the Dynamic, Melbourne Books, 2013). She has over ninety publications and has practiced, taught and researched internationally.

Jane was formerly Professor in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, where she directed the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), a transdisciplinary design research laboratory and was founding program director for the Master of Design Innovation and Technology.

Marc Aurel Schnabel

Professor Marc Aurel Schnabel is the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design, and Chair of Architectural Technology at the School of ArchitectureVictoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Trained as an Architect, he is leading research and education in the field of design and architectural computation. He has taught and worked in Germany, Australia, and Hong Kong for thirty years and has become highly recognised for his work in the areas of computational design, augmented- and virtual reality, digital heritage, parametric design learning and intelligent cities.

He has established the Digital Architecture Research Alliance, DARA , as well as the online social network Urban Digitalics connecting professionals and researchers in innovative digital spatial design.

Panel Discussion

Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: How and what to teach in architecture and design education to produce future ready students


Discussion Topics:

  • State of play in Architecture and AI
  • How to teach and prepare for the future?


  • Tania Papasotiriou
    Tania Papasotiriou is an Architect, PhD candidate and casual academic at the University of Newcastle. Tania’s research focuses on urban transformations under the influence of disruptive technologies such as autonomous vehicles. She uses data-driven approaches combined with Machine Learning algorithms to identify underperforming areas and to propose retrofitting solutions.
  • Leo Meng
    Leo Meng is a first-year PhD Student in UNSW FBE, also based in HDR Inc., researching how AI, especially machine learning can help with the decision-making process in the building environment. He has previously gained practical experience through architectural and computational design in Sydney’s design firm Architectus.
  • Anycie Coorey
    Anycie Coorey is the Lead Computational Designer at Archistar and specialises in parametric building designs. Her focus is on developing design intelligence systems to generate high density residential buildings that are compliant with local government regulations. Anycie is an author with Archistar Academy and teaches contemporary design software in the architecture & planning industry with a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) from the University of Technology, Sydney. She has guest lectured, presented and tutored architectural and computational design at several universities and her work regarding predictive urban analytics and generating urban form has been published in multiple international journals.
  • Rob Asher
    Rob is an Associate of COX in our Sydney studio. His skills span the breadth of architecture, from design through to consultant coordination and delivery on site. He is renowned for his ability to form positive working relationships with team members, including consultant and builders. Rob’s technical expertise includes the latest advances in parametric modelling, which he uses to strengthen and simplify complex design processes. Rob has developed an approach to parametric design that emphasises robustness, reusability and teamwork. He is experienced in setting up building information modelling (BIM) and communicating their value to design and consultant teams as well as clients. Rob is proficient in ArchiCAD, Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper and Python.
  • Marc Aurel Schnabel
  • Jane Burry



Panel Discussion: Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Marc Aurel Schnabel: Immersive Architectural Legacies