Design Informatics

The Chair of Design Informatics, led by Sevil Sariyildiz, focuses on computational methods, techniques and applications for design, construction, and planning in order to model, analyse, evaluate and optimise human and physical performance of buildings and built environments.  

The mission of the chair is to develop and disseminate knowledge and know-how for designing sustainable buildings and built environments. Given the fact that the overall performance of buildings and built environments involves both soft (human) and hard (physical) aspects, special attention is paid to developing knowledge on integrated performance modelling, analysis, simulation and optimization in order to provide for achieving measurable step changes in performance, towards [environmentally, economically, and socially] sustainable buildings and built environments.

The chair of Design Informatics innovates and exploits computational tools, methods and techniques to enable the integration of physical aspects (such as structural, thermal and acoustic aspects) and human aspects (such as cognitive, functional and social aspects) of design, in interdisciplinary digital workflows. To achieve this, computational means for form-finding, performance prediction, simulation and measurement, and for integrated information modelling, decision making and communication are exploited to generate performative architectural morphologies; fabricate these using advanced manufacturing tools and techniques; cope with conflicting design goals; enhance interdisciplinary collaborative design strategies; and algorithmically model graphical, topological, and geometrical structures for design and analysis. The activities of the chair bridge the scientific & technical aspects of ‘informatics, architectural engineering and spatial computation’ with creative & pragmatic aspects of ‘design processes’ and thus provides inter-disciplinary research and education.

 Main research & education topics of the chair are:

  1. Generating Performative Architectural Morphologies
  2. Computer-Aided Design & Computer-Aided Manufacturing
  3. Computational Intelligence and Design Optimization
  4. Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Design Methods
  5. Spatial Computation for Design and Analytics

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