The Bartlett School of Architecture


Architectural Computation MSc // MRes

Taught by architects and experts in artificial intelligence, these programmes equips students with the skills to create generative and responsive forms, through exposure to programming environments.

Architectural Computation: Cellular Forms by Andy Lomas

About the programme

How will tomorrow’s built environment be designed and constructed? Taught by architects and experts in artificial intelligence, this course equips students with the skills to create generative and responsive forms, through exposure to real programming environments. Architectural Computation belongs to the School's suite of B-Pro programmes, which focus on advanced digital design and computation.

Throughout either an MSc or MRes degree, students develop the depth of understanding needed to exploit computation to create innovative architectural solutions for the future. Students are taught programming skills alongside advanced theory and work in research clusters, to undertake studio-based research in their chosen area of the discipline.

The course culminates in the annual B-Pro Show - an exhibition of student work, attracting thousands of visitors to the School’s central London home.

Programme highlights

  • Learn computational design skills for application at the highest levels of architecture, design, research and industry
  • Conduct scientific research that could change the way the built environment is designed, constructed and used
  • Share expertise and work with tutors and students across B-Pro, establishing collaborations for the development of unique multi-disciplinary research projects.

Key staff

  • Manuel Jiménez García, Programme Director
  • Sean Hanna, Tutor: Computational Analysis, Computational Synthesis, Design as Knowledge-Based Process
  • Ava Fatah, Tutor: Body as Interface, City as Interface
  • Sam Griffiths, Module Tutor: Design as Knowledge-Based Process
  • Sarah Wise, Module Tutor: Introduction to Programming for Architecture and Design
  • Martha Tsigkari, Module Tutor: Morphogenetic Programming

Modes and duration

Full time - 1 year, taught over 12 months
Part time - two years (MRes only)
Flexible - two to fives years

Entry requirements

We’re looking for graduate and professional designers who wish to develop computational techniques in architecture and gain the ability to use programming as easily as any other form of communication. 

Normally we require a minimum of a second-class degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates are expected to have some basic computing experience. 

See the complete entry requirements on the UCL prospectus for Architectural Computation MSc and for Architectural Computation MRes


 Programme director
Manuel Jimenez Garcia 

Admissions enquiries
Posgraduate Admissions Team

    Student Papers

    Student projects presented at conferences and journal papers

    • Mokhtar, S., Chronis, A., & Leung, C. (2017). ‘Geometry-material coordination for passive adaptive solar morphing envelopes’, pp. 211-218 in Proceedings of the symposium on simulation for architecture an urban design SimAUD, Toronto, Canada: The society for modeling and simulation international, ISBN: 978-1-3658-8878-6
    • Mokhtar, Sarah and Leung, Christopher and Chronis, Angelos, (2017), ‘Multi-Objective Performance Evaluation of Adaptive Facade in Hot Arid Climate’, pp. 2090-2099 in Proceedings of the 15th IBPSA Conference on Building Simulation 2017, San Francisco, International Building Performance Simulation Association
    • Mokhtar, Sarah and Leung, Christopher and Chronis, Angelos, (2017), ‘Neighbourhood Shading Impacts on Passive Adaptive Façade Collective Behaviour’, pp. 199-210 in 17th International conference, CAADFutures 2017: Future trajectories of computation in design (Conference), ed. Cagdas, G. and Ozkar, M. and Gul, Leman F. and Gurer, E., July 12-14, Istanbul, Turkey, ISBN: 978-9-7556-1482-3
    • Szemerey, D., Hanna, S. & Fatah gen Schieck, A. (2017), Opportunities for Artificial Neural Network Generated VGA: Training an Artificial Neural Network to recognize the underlying structures of space. 11th International Space Syntax Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal.
    • Galicia, F., Szemerey, D. (2016) EAVE - A project on local networking. In Responsive Cities: Urbanism in the experience age - Barcelona, September 2016   (project presentation)
    • Buyuklieva , B. & Kosicki, M. (2015) BIM|MAR: Assembling physical objects by virtual information. th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis '15), Germany: ACM 978-1-4503-3608-6/15/06 (video)
    • Miccoli, G., Bakogianni, A., & Fatah gen. Schieck, A. (2015). Breathing Display: Exploring the Effects of a Responsive Installation on People’s Behaviour in Public Space. 4th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis '15), Germany: ACM 978-1-4503-3608-6/15/06 (video)
    • Andrade, R. & Fatah gen. Schieck, A. (2015) Way finding to support urban exploration: integrating Space Syntax Analysis with social media data for navigation system design. In Proc. Space Syntax Symposium '15, London, UK.
    • Black, C., Mamoura, M. & Fatah gen. Schieck, A. (2015) Digital Manifestations. In Proc. Space Syntax Symposium '15, London, UK.
    • Karagkouni, C., Fatah gen. Schieck, A., Tsigkari, M & Chronis, A. (2014) Performance-driven facades: Analysis of natural cross-ventilation in an indoor environment with Fast Fluid Dynamics and apertures optimization based on a genetic algorithm. In SIMULATION: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International, Vol. 90, Issue 8.
    • Sher, E., Chronis, A. & Glynn, R. (2014) Adaptive behavior of structural systems in unpredictable changing environments by using self-learning algorithms: A case study. In SIMULATION: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International, Vol. 90, Issue 8.
    • Athanailidi, P., Fatah gen. Schieck, A., Tenu, V. & Chronis, A. (2014) Tensegrity Systems Acting as Windbreaks: Form Finding and Fast Fluid Dynamics Analysis to Address Wind Funnel Effect. In Proc. SimAUD '14, San Diego, USA.
    • Blezinger, D., Fatah gen. Schieck, A., & Hölscher, C. (2013) Unifying conceptual and spatial relationships between objects in HCI. In LNCS/LNAI/CCIS series. Springer.
    • Karagkouni, C., Fatah gen. Schieck, A., Tsigkari, M., & Chronis, A. (2013) Façade apertures optimization: Integrating cross-ventilation performance analysis in fluid dynamics simulation. In Proc. SimAUD, San Diego. (Best paper award).
    • Themistocleous, T. & Chronis, A. (2013) Self-Learning Algorithm as a Tool to Perform Adaptive Behaviour in Unpredictable Changing Environments - A Case Study. In Proc. SimAUD '13, Boston, USA.
    • Sher, E., Chronis, A. & Glynn, R. (2013) Choreographic Architecture: Inscribing instructions in an auxetic based material system. In Proc. SimAUD '13, Boston, USA.
    • Traunmueller, M., Gkougkoustamos, S. & Tang, Y.
    • 2013) Modelling mediated Urban Space through geo located social Microblogging. In Proc. of Mediacity 4: Mediacities, International Conference, University at Buffalo, NY.
    • Traunmueller, M. & Fatah gen. Schieck, A., (2013) Following the voice of the crowd:  Exploring opportunities for using global voting data to enrich local urban context. In Proc. CAAD Futures '13, Springer.
    • Traunmueller, M., Fatah gen. Schieck, A., Schöning, J., & Brumby, D. (2013) The path is the reward: considering social networks to contribute to the pleasure of urban strolling. In Proc. CHI 2013, ACM.
    • Moutinho, A., & Fatah gen. Schieck, A. (2012) Exploring a prototyping platform as a generator of performative interactions in a museum context.In Workshop Designing Performative Interactions in Public Spaces DIS 2012, Newcastle, UK.
    • Behrens, M. M. (2011) Swipe ‘I like’: location based digital narrative through embedding the ‘Like’ button in the real world. Presented at: 5th International Conference on Communities & Technologies – In workshop Digital Cities 7. Brisbaine, Australia.
    • Chronis, A.; Turner, A. & Tsigkari, M. (2011) Generative fluid dynamics: integration of fast fluid dynamics and genetic algorithms for wind loading optimization of a free form surface. In Proc. SimAUD '11, Boston, USA. (Outstanding Paper Award).
    • Fan, S. & Fatah gen. Schieck, A. (2011) Exploring Embodied Interactions in Urban Space through Connectivity between ShenZhen (China) and London.In proceeding Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts’11. Ningbo. China.
    • Chronis, A., Jagannath, P., Siskou, Vasiliki, A. & Jones, J. (2011) Sensing digital co-presence and digital identity: Visualizing the Bluetooth landscape of the City of Bath. In Proc. 29th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 978-9-4912070-1-3], University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture (Slovenia) 21-24 September 2011, pp.87-92
    • Kataras, A., Adamantidis, E. & Alfakara, A. (2010) Sound as Interface. In Proc. Media City, Weimar, Germany.
    • Sotiriou E., Krechel, M., Kidao, M. & Goodship, P. (2010) Sensing Digital Co-Presence and Digital Identity. In Proc. Media City, Weimar, Germany.
    • Tasos Kanellos and Sean Hanna (2008) Topological self-organisation: using a particle-spring system to generate structural space-filling lattices. In: 26th eCAADe Conference.
    • Anna Laskari, Sean Hanna and Christian Derix (2008) Urban identity through quantifiable spatial attributes. In: 3rd International Conference on Design, Computing & Cognition.
    • Carolina Briones, Ava Fatah gen. Schieck and Chiron Mottram (2007) A socializing interactive installation for the ubran environment. In: IADIS Applied Computing International Conference.
    • Eva Friedrich, Sean Hanna and Christian Derix (2007) Emergent form from structural optimisation of the Voronoi polyhedra structure. In: 10th International Generative Art Conference.
    • Elena Prosalidou and Sean Hanna (2007) A parametric representation of ruled surfaces. In: 12th International CAAD Futures Conference. Best paper award

    Teaching and learning

    • Ava Fatah gen. Schieck (2016) Living Architecture: Currencies between Architectural Pedagogy and Time-based Media Performance. In: Weber, Patrick, (ed.) aae2016: Research Based Education 2016 [Conference proceedings, Volume 2]. (pp. pp. 503-514). Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London: London, UK.
    • Ava Fatah gen. Schieck (2012) Embodied, mediated and performative: Exploring the architectural education in the digital age. In Voyatzaki, M., Spiridonidis, C.: Rethinking the human in technology-driven architecture. Transactions on Architectural Education No 55. Greece.
    • Ava Fatah gen. Schieck (2010) Using personalised web logs for project based learning. Teaching & Learning Conference and Exhibition (TILT ’10). UCL, UK.
    • Ava Fatah gen. Schieck (2008) Exploring architectural education in the digital age: learning, reflection and flexion. In: 26th eCAADe Conference. 
    • Ava Fatah gen. Schieck (2008) Learning, reflection and flexion: exploring architectural education in the digital age. Teaching & Learning Conference and Exhibition (TILT ’08). UCL, UK.
    • Sean Hanna and Alasdair Turner (2006) Teaching parametric design in code and construction. In: Sigradi 2006.

      3D Game of Life - still from video - Mohamed Dawod

      Image: still from 3D Game of Life by Mohamed Dawod | Architectural Computation 2016

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