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Architectural Computation MSc // MRes

Taught by architects and experts in artificial intelligence, these programmes equip 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 programme 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 teaching groups called research clusters to undertake studio-based research in their chosen area of the discipline.

The programmes culminate in the annual B-Pro Show – an exhibition of student work attracting thousands of visitors to the school’s central London home.

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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

Programme Directors

Dr Sean Hanna
Manuel Jiménez García

All Architectural Computation staff

Manuel Jiménez García
Programme Director
Manuel Jiménez Garcia is the co-founder and principal of madMdesign, a computational design practice based in London, and the co-founder of Nagami, a robotics manufacturing start-up based in Spain. Manuel’s work has been exhibited worldwide in venues including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. As well as directing the MSc/MRes Architectural Computation programme, directing the Design Computation Lab and leading Research Cluster 4, Manuel also curates Plexus, a multidisciplinary computational design lecture series at The Bartlett.

Sean Hanna
Tutor: Computational Analysis, Computational Synthesis, Design as Knowledge-Based Process
Dr Sean Hanna is Reader in Space and Adaptive Architectures at The Bartlett School of Architecture and a member of the UCL Space Syntax Laboratory, one of the UK’s leading groups for research into the built environment. Sean’s research is primarily focused on developing computational methods for dealing with complexity in design and the built environment, including the comparative modelling of space, and the use of machine learning and optimisation techniques for the design and fabrication of structures.

Ava Fatah
Tutor: Body as Interface, City as Interface
Ava Fatah gen Schieck is Associate Professor (Reader) in Media Architecture and Urban Digital Interaction at The Bartlett. She leads the Embodied and Embodied Technologies Unit (Body as Interface; City as Interface studios) within the MSc/MRes Architectural Computation programme. Her research focuses on the integration of architecture, interactive design, augmented reality and ubiquitous computing. Since 2011, she has been the principal investigator of ‘Screens in the Wild’, which explores the potential of networked urban screens for communities and culture with a unique living ‘Media Architecture’ lab environment. Ava is also a chair and member of the committee for the Media Architecture Biennale 2012, 2014 in Aarhus, 2016 in Sydney and 2018 in Beijing.

Sam Griffiths
Module Tutor: Design as Knowledge-Based Process

Martha Tsigkari
Module Tutor: Morphogenetic Programming

Martha Tsigkari is a partner and a member of the Applied Research and Development (ARD) group at Foster + Partners. She is a specialist in a wide range of areas including performance-driven design and optimisation, interfaces and interaction, design-to-production and fast feedback and integration. She has provided solutions for diverse projects, including the new airport for Mexico City, Lusail Iconic Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the new metro stations in Jeddah and the Sheikh Zayed Museum. As well as teaching at The Bartlett, Martha is a moderator at various schools, including the Architectural Association and the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught, lectured and been published internationally.

Sarah Wise
Module Tutor: Introduction to Programming for Architecture and Design

Contributing and affiliated staff

Professor Frédéric Migayrou 
B-Pro Director 

Frédéric Migayrou is Chair, Bartlett Professor of Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture and Deputy Director of the National Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris. He was the founder of the Frac Center Collection and of ArchiLab, the international festival of Prospective Architecture in Orléans. Apart from recent publications and exhibitions (De Stijl, Centre Pompidou, 2011; La Tendenza, Centre Pompidou, 2012; Bernard Tschumi, Centre Pompidou, 2013; Frank Gehry, Centre Pompidou 2014), he was the curator of Non Standard Architectures at the Centre Pompidou in 2003, the first exposition devoted to architecture, computation and fabrication. More recently, he co-organised the exhibition Naturalising Architecture (ArchiLab, Orléans 2013), presenting prototypes and commissions by 40 teams of architects working with new generative computational tools, defining new interrelations between materiality, biotechnology and fabrication. In 2012 he founded B-Pro, a suite of postgraduate programmes at The Bartlett.

Andrew Porter 
B-Pro Deputy Director

Andrew Porter studied at The Bartlett School of Architecture and has collaborated in practice with  Sir Peter Cook and Christine Hawley CBE. In 1998 he and Abigail Ashton set up ashton porter architects, they have completed a number of award winning commissions in the UK and prizewinning competitions in the UK and abroad. Andrew is co-leader of Architecture MArch Unit 21, and has been a visiting Professor at the Staedel Academy, Frankfurt and guest critic at SCi-Arc, Los Angeles and Parsons New School, New York.


Modes and duration

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


Entry requirements

Candidates normally need 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. 

Read the full entry requirements on the UCL Graduate Prospectus:

Applications open for this programme on Monday 15 October 2018 and close on Friday 26 July 2019 for 2019 entry.
We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over subscribed and competition is high. 


Careers

The Bartlett School of Architecture is one of the world's top-ranked architecture schools and our graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities.


Contact 

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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