Pirouz Nourian is an Assistant Professor at the Chair of Design Informatics. His area of work is Spatial Computation applied in designing the configuration (massing and network structure) of complex buildings and environments. He is specialized in computational geometry, topology and graph theory applied to design and performance evaluation of buildings and built environments. Pirouz is a developer of design methods and tools including Space Syntax and Cheetah for Grasshopper. He has been teaching object-oriented programming and procedural modelling (parametric modelling) since 2011, namely 6 times in the course AR0026: MEGA and 4 times in Geo1004: 3D Modelling of Built Environment.



Graph Theoretical Methods for Design and Analysis of Spatial Configurations



Graph Theory, Spatial Network Analysis, Computational Design, Spatial Analysis


Architectural Engineering + Technology Department/ Chair of Design Informatics

Urbanism/ Chair of Urban Design

Area of Research:  Computation & Performance


Research Summary: This dissertation reports a PhD research on mathematical-computational models, methods, and techniques for analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of spatial configurations in architecture and urban design. Spatial configuration is a technical term that refers to the particular way in which a set of spaces are connected to one another as a network. Spatial configuration affects safety, security, and efficiency of functioning of complex buildings by facilitating certain patterns of movement and/or impeding other patterns. In cities and suburban built environments, spatial configuration affects accessibilities and influences travel behavioural patterns, e.g. choosing walking and cycling for short trips instead of travelling by cars. As such, spatial configuration effectively influences the social, economic, and environmental functioning of cities and complex buildings, by conducting human movement patterns.


Research Methodology: Graph Theory, Computational Topology, Linear Algebra, Fuzzy Logics, and Social Network Analysis are used as means of modeling spatial configurations and the effect of their ‘structure’ on mobility of people in cities and the spatial structure of buildings. Algorithms have been devised for modeling, analysis, generation and representation of graph/network models, optimal paths, stochastic models of mobility behavior and free-form shape agents that can be used to form buildings with desired configurations. The research has produced prototype toolkits & libraries written in Dot NET languages (C# & VB.NET).



























Key Publications:

1. Nourian, P., Rezvani, S.,  van der Hoeven, Frank, Sariyildiz, S. (2015). Spectral Modelling of Spatial Networks. Proceedings of SimAUD 2016, pp. 103-110.

2. Nourian, P., Rezvani, S., Sariyildiz, S. (2013). A Syntactic Design Methodology. Proceedings of 9th Space Syntax Symposium. Seoul.



Key publications

Dr. ir. Pirouz Nourian

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