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Isak Worre Foged


affiliation: Institute of Aalborg University – Architecture, Design & Media Technology

Isak Worre Foged is MSc.Eng.Arch. from the Institute of Architecture & Design (A&D), Aalborg University and M.Arch. from the EsArq, UIC, a licensed architect, MAA and a licensed civilengineer, IDA.

He is a PhD Fellow at A&D and member of the Research Group for Sustainable Architectures and the Utzon Research Center. His research is entitled ‘Environmental Tectonics: Matter Based Architectural Computation’ investigating and creating environmental morphogenetic and adaptive design methods and models.

Isak is the co-founder of the research based architectural practice AREA, located in Copenhagen, seeking to apply above research […]

Anke Pasold


affiliation: AREA

Anke Pasold, Dipl.-Des. in architecture and interdisciplinary design from CoFA/UNSW in Sydney, the Acadamy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart and the School of Media and Design (ZKM) Karlsruhe and M.Arch. in ‘Genetic Architectures’ from the EsArq, UIC, Barcelona, is currently lecturer and tutor at IHK and KEA in Copenhagen with a focus on the implementation of digital design.

Anke is the co-founder of the research based architectural practice AREA, which explores material properties, design methods, generative systems, and techniques with performative environmental architectures as results.

Her design research and projects have been published internationally in Scandinavia, Europe and the US.

Felecia Davis


Affiliation:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The School of Architecture and Planning – Design and Computation Group

Felecia Davis is a PhD candidate in the Design and Computation Group at MIT.  She has been trained as an architect at Princeton University, and engineer at Tuft University  and has been exploring intersections between architecture and textiles to design soft buildings that use the pliability of fabrics.  Tents and more recently pneumatic structures, where the fabric is held in tension have a tradition and history within the realm of providing human shelter and creating space.  However, less common are strategies that could use […]

Oded Amir

Affiliation: DTU – Technical University of Denmark – PhD, MSc



Oded Amir is a researcher at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. He is educated as a structural engineer from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and holds a PhD degree from the Technical University of Denmark. His research is in the field of topology optimization, where he wishes to promote applications in civil engineering. His current work is focused on studying and developing computational procedures for optimal design of reinforced concrete structures, under the framework of the project: “Topology Optimization for Reinforced Concrete Structures: […]

Åsmund Gamlesaeter

affiliation: Aedas research
Senior Designer, Computational Design Research

Åsmund has been working as Computational Design Researcher at Aedas since May 2007. In this time he has been investigating new forms of furniture design, architecture and urban planning through code. This has resulted in a set of tools and sketches implemented in design projects both inside and outside Aedas.

Åsmund graduated with an MArch from NTNU, Norway in 2006. After completing his studies he started working with Pablo Miranda Carranza on spoorg, a project by the architecture group servo, for which they were responsible of the interaction […]

Christian Derix

affiliation: Aedas research
Director of Computational Design Research

Derix founded the Research & Development group at Aedas architects in 2004. He leads the Computational Design Research group [CDR] that develops computational design applications for generative and analytical design processes in architecture with an emphasis on properties of space and human occupation. Recently, the work of CDR has been shortlisted for various design prices and research awards like the Compasso d’Oro in Italy and won the commendation of the President’s Medal for Practice Research of the Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA].
Derix finished his architectural studies with an MSc in Computing & Design […]

Jan Henrik Hansen


Jan holds a Master of Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute, Zurich. Since 2002 he is a founding member and CEO of WHIST Architects in Zurich. He has been teaching and researching at the Chair for Architecture and Digital Fabrication with Professors Gramazio Kohler at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and gained considerable experience with high end robotic fabrication strategies and infrastructure.
2010 he founded Studio Jan Henrik Hansen to create an independent territory for his art projects and collaborations with architectural offices as an artist. His artistic work focuses in particular on the transformation of music into […]

Roland Snooks


Roland is a Design Director and a Founding Partner of Kokkugia. He holds a masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University where he studied on a Fulbright scholarship and is a graduate of RMIT University (B.Arch). Roland teaches graduate studios and seminars at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and is the George Isaac Distinguished Fellow at the University of Southern California (USC). Roland has previously directed design studios and seminars at UCLA, SCI-Arc, Pratt Institute, RMIT, and the Victorian College of the Arts. Roland has considerable experience in the design and construction of high profile projects while […]

Matthew James Gilbert

affiliation Centre for IT and Architecture (CITA)
Matthew is currently completing his Masters at the Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole in Copenhagen. He completed his Bachelors of Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, Wales and has just completed an internship at CITA.

Interview with Julian Lienhard, Digital Crafting 5 Seminar

–In your lecture, you discuss “form active structures”, this idea of behavior and integration of performance. Can you elaborate on this?

Form-active structures are the newest category of structural systems where textile or foil materials develop significant structural capacities. Based on the combination of pre-stress and double curvature the membrane material is enabled to not only work as cladding on an existing structure, but to become a leading component of the structural system. This allows a high level of integration and at the same time extremely long spanning and lightweight structures.

Since the shape of such a membrane structure is […]

Report from Digital Crafting 5 Seminar

Digital Crafting Report from Seminar 5: Textiles and Fibre-based Materials in Architectural Construction

The fifth Digital Crafting Seminar “Textiles and Fibre-based Materials in Architectural Construction” was held at the Design School in Kolding on August 24, 2011.  Four guest speakers: Joy Boutrup from Design School Kolding, Johan Bettum from Städelschule Architecture Class, Julian Lienhard from the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), University of Stuttgart, Germany and Sean Ahlquist from the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart.

Textile engineer Joy Boutrup presented “Scales of Performance, Fibres, Yarns and Textiles” which addressed fundamental research questions relating to material […]