Architecture and Computation

​The Architecture and Computation research group investigates the continuously advancing potential of digital technologies and computation in the conception, design and production, as well as discourses of architecture. Centred in the disciplinary role of architecture, equal emphasis is put on future roles of the architect in practice as influenced by new digital design methodologies, and the value of experimentation as a research strategy. The research is conducted through individual research projects, exploration through architectural pedagogy and design practice. The common thread lies in the use of the architectural design project as a vessel for research by employing a research-by-design approach.
The following research trajectories are significant within the group.
  • The role of digital and computational methods for the advancement of disciplinary knowledge and discourses within architecture.
  • Applied computational methodologies for advanced design in terms of concepts, design development and fabrication in architectural design projects.
  • Strategic development of workflows for collaboration tied to architectural practice.
All group members are architects with advanced skills in digital design, computation and digital fabrication experienced in practice, teaching and research. Important research venues for the group include ongoing studios and courses at bachelor and Masters level, the Chalmers ACE robotic fabrication lab, individual research projects and the practice contexts among the members.
The Architecture and Computation research group is part of the Division of Architectural Theory and Methods, at the Chalmers Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.

Current research projects

Beyond Efficiency, Design for a socially engaged energy efficiency in the sustainable city
Participant: Jonas Runberger
Partners: KTH, Konstfack, SLU
Funder: The Swedish Energy Commission
Architectural Convertibles: Towards an alternative artistic approach to designing interactive architectural environments
Project lead: Malgorzata Zboinska
Partners: Konstfack, University of Borås, KTH
Funder: Vetenskapsrådet


Magnusson, F., Ondejcik, V., Runberger, J., Zboinska, M. "Morphology & Development - knowledge management in architectural design computation practice", in Proceedings of the 35th eCAADe Conference, 2
Magnusson, Frans and Runberger, Jonas. "Design System Assemblages - the continuous curation of Design Computation Processes in Architectural Practice."  In proceedings of Professional Practices in the Built Environment, Reading, 2017
Norell, Daniel, and Einar Rodhe. “Erratic.” In Drawing Futures: Speculations in Contemporary Drawing for Art and Architecture, edited by Laura Allen, Luke Pearson, Bob Sheil, Frédéric Migayrou, 61-62. London: UCL Press and
The Bartlett School of Architecture, 2016
Norell, Daniel and Einar Rodhe. “Taming the Erratic: Artifacts of Making.” In Making Research | Researching Making, Proceedings of the ADAPTr Creative Practice Conference, 78-83. Aarhus: ADAPTr and the Aarhus School of Architecture, 2015
Norell, Daniel and Einar Rodhe. “Lill-Valla Park: Tracing Landscapes.” In Open Cities: The New Post-industrial World Order, Poster Proceedings of the 2014 ACSA/AIK International Conference, edited by Alice Kimm and Jaepil Choi,
10. Washington D.C.: ACSA Press, 2014
Norell, Daniel and Einar Rodhe. “Erratic.” In Open Cities: The New Post-industrial World Order, Poster Proceedings of the 2014 ACSA/AIK International Conference, edited by Alice Kimm and Jaepil Choi, 11. Washington D.C.: ACSA Press, 2014
Norell, Daniel. “Noise Control–Designing with Entropic Processes.” In New Constellations / New Ecologies, Paper Proceedings of the 101st Annual ACSA Meeting, edited by Ila Berman and Ed Mitchell, 283-288. Washington D.C.: ACSA Press, 2013
Runberger, Jonas and Magnusson, Frans. "Harnessing the Informal Processes around the Computational Design Model." In M. R. Thomsen, M. Tamke, Ch. Gengnagel, B. Faircloth, F. Scheurer (eds.). Modelling Behaviour,  Design Modelling Symposium 2015
Runberger, Jonas and Lienhard, Julian. "Collaborative Models for Design Computation and Form Finding." In de Rycke, K., Gengnagel, C., Baverel, O., Burry, J., Mueller, C., Nguyen, M.M., Rahm, P., Thomsen, M.R. (Eds.). Humanizing Digital Reality, Design Modelling Symposium Paris 2017
Zboinska, Malgorzata. "Boosting the efficiency of architectural visual scripts: A visual script structuring strategy based on a set of paradigms from programming and software engineering." In M. R. Thomsen, M. Tamke, Ch. Gengnagel, B. Faircloth, F. Scheurer (eds.). Modelling Behaviour, Design Modelling Symposium 2015
Zboinska, Malgorzata. "Enriching creativity in digital architectural design: A hybrid digital design toolset as a catalyst for design emergence in early-stage explorations of complex forms." In Emerging Experience in Past, Present and Future of Digital Architecture: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, 2015
Zboinska, Malgorzata. "A design framework and a digital toolset supporting the early-stage explorations of responsive kinetic building skin concepts." In Real Time: Proceedings of the 33rd eCAADe Conference, 2015

Published: Fri 02 Feb 2018.