Seminar Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre
Faculty Assistant: Ivan Marchuk
Student Assitant: Hairati Tupe

With the growth of urban areas, cities are becoming focal points for human life, however they still lag behind in sustainability. When designing our built environment, it is therefore important to consider the consequences of human settlements on the health of ecosystems. With the integration of computational technologies into architecture, designers are not only capable of simulating the impact of external forces in the digital environment, but also create design workflows to have constant analysis feedback of the building performance, allowing to optimise the ecological footprint of architectural interventions.

Credits: Airwell
Christos Trompoukis, Elizaveta Veretilnaya, Liang Mayuqi, Tullio Polisi, Victoria Fedorova & Ziying Zeng
The Architecture of Algorithms Studio 2020/21

This studio is centred in an investigation that creates a closer relationship between the designer, computer representation and matter. To actuate this, the studio focuses on an architectural context where, through the development of design processes, computational strategies and means of digital fabrication; the design of lightweight, low-mass and self supporting thin-shell systems will emerge, pushing the limits of form, structure, and space.

The search of form conducted through digital models, allows to represent endless types of manifolds and nonlinear morphologies. This enables new ways to describe complex self-supportive curvilinear surfaces into a series of developable flat components with tangential overlaps for efficient fabrication and construction. With the aid of rapid prototyping there will be a constant feedback loop between design and fabrication.

The design process methodology will be treated as a computer algorithm, where different functions work in a programmed loop with rules and conditions that creates a constant output responding to the ever changing variable inputs.  Form informs function at the same time that the program will inform the design, creating a closed circuit where each part of the project collaborates in both directions of the design process embedded as architectural algorithms. 

Credits: Provocació Urbana
Hairati Tupe, Rosamary Machado, Tsvetelina Bogdanova, Daniel Sorial & Uri Lewis Torres Singla
The Architecture of Algorithms Studio 2020/21

This studio will focus on the design of temporary structures for multipurpose use in open public spaces of Barcelona, integrating programs that can benefit the surrounding community. The main challenge of the research is to question the relation between user needs and spaces and how it can transform the way users interact with their surroundings. Exploring the link between design form and functionality will allow the creation of a language that can be applied to an architectural project.

The studio course is set up as a collaborative think tank where invited guest tutors who will join desk-crits in physical and digital format, to give inputs related to their area of expertise. This way each project will have constant questioning and focused feedback that will enrich the project in many key aspects of the investigation.


Rodrigo Aguirre is a Nicaraguan architect specialized in the fields of parametric tooling, digital fabrication and manufacturing. He obtained his bachelor in architecture at UAM (American University) in Managua, Nicaragua and completed the two year master in advanced architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in Barcelona, Spain. He is a principal member of the computational faculty, and has acted as studio instructor for the masters program since  2014. His ongoing collaboration with the Institute ́s REsearch + DEvelopment department and IAAC special projects has involved advanced form-finding and computational methods related to generative design. His labor as a ‘Tallerista’ has led to his involvement with workshops related to the translation of computational protocols to fabrication of physical prototypes.

Faculty Assistant

Ivan Marchuk is an architect and a computational designer with a background in both conventional and parametric architecture and design. Ivan obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Moscow Institute of Architecture (2018) and completed the two-year Master in Advanced Architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, Spain.
Ivan has been involved in various academic activities and workshops at IAAC and performs as a faculty assistant since 2020.
At the moment Ivan works as a computational designer at External Reference Architects and works on computational research and education at the In_Generic online parametric bureau.