Computational Design Pedagogy for the Cognitive Age

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This paper explores and reflects on an integrative computational design thinking approach, which requires the melding of computation, design and theory as a conceptual framework, to be implemented in architectural education. Until now, digital design education is typically based on the introduction of digital tools and plugins at university courses and the subsequent application of these tools to design tasks of limited architectural complexity. At this time, technological advancement has not been matched by a comparable advancement in computational design thinking. The paper describes in detail a novel conceptual framework for course setup that illustrates the using of computational design as a manner of thinking in patterns of interaction across various scales, reaching from building design to regional planning. This approach was subsequently tested in a series of master-level studios, the results of which will be presented as case studies in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnthropologic: Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 38th eCAADe Conference
EditorsLiss C. Werner, Dietmar Koenig
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublishereCAADe - European Association for Education and Research in CAAD in Europe
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-9-49120-720-4
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe: Architecture and Fabrication in the Cognitive Age - TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 16 Sep 202018 Sep 2020
Conference number: 38

Publication series

NameeCAADe proceedings
ISSN (Print)2684-1843


ConferenceInternational Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Abbreviated titleeCAADE
Internet address


  • Computational Design Thinking
  • Architectural Pedagogy and Education
  • Dynamic Patterns
  • System Thinking


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