Real Life Integration of Computational Design Tools and BIM


Project Description


With the advent of digital design and computational design tools we are reaching new heights of complexity in the design process to pose a challenge for BIM Integration. We would like to investigate how to integrate computational design tools and BIM.

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Alfonso is an Architect leading in BIM implementation at the award-winning, London- based multi-discipline Heatherwick Studio.

Having worked as a Project Architect and Head of Design in leading practice in Chile, Alfonso decided to move to a more technical role after observing how technology skills, or the lack of them, influence and limit design creativity and affect project outcome.

With experience working internationally in Spain, India, Chile, and the UK, Alfonso started collaborating with Heatherwick Studio in 2015 as a BIM Consultant and then moved to Woods Bagot (London) to work as Design Technology Manager. 

In 2018, he re-joined Heatherwick Studio to continue BIM implementation. Since then the Studio has achieved a digital transformation in the BIM Department becoming one of the Industry leaders in its sector. His goal to embed BIM in the design phase without limiting or hindering the design process.



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1. How a shift in industry paradigm requirements forces Architects and professionals to adopt newer technologies to compete.

2. Computational tools are not only a means to an end but part of the process of realizing and solving actual problems.

3. Computational tools create opportunities for testing out iterative solutions to solve a particular problem. 

4. Lastly,  BIM might mean different things to different people, and different stakeholders like builders, architects, and Engineers.  but for Alfonso, it is important to maintain the design integrity throughout the design process. 

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Real Life Integration of Computational Design Tools and BIM is a project of IAAC,

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed in the Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design 2021/22

by Students: Neil John Bersabe and Bruno Martorelli

Faculty: Maite Bravo