This research deals with the potential of DESIGN and ARCHITECTURE in soft computing technologies and advanced computational search algorithms thereby promoting an explorative and investigative attitude of complex architectural design environment. The computational information is integrated into diverse and conflicting design goals, through the systematic exploration of the design space, using modern optimization methods and search algorithms. The ultimate goal is to support and enhance the designer’s ability to take conscious and solid design decisions in that comprise diverse range of design criteria.









Innovation in architectural concepts is triggered by novelty in Engineering. Integrating the cutting-edge knowledge of engineering disciplines into the early architectural design process is crucial in order to achieve high-performing buildings, where new FORM generation is coupled with sound fulfilment of performance-criteria. Computation is put forward to realize this goal. The potentials of parametric design are exploited both for generating geometric design alternatives, assessable based on measurable criteria; and for embedding deterministic relation between performance and geometry. This research includes collaborations with the building practice.









Since advanced modelling tools are being used in daily practice of architects, demand on digital manufacturing methods and technologies are the interest of architects as well. There is a need to develop new methods. They deal with the interaction of creative FORM-finding and the production process by taking in consideration the materials and innovative technologies for digital manufacturing goals, in an iterative way.


    Form-finding and modelling methods,     techniques;

    Bio-mimicry in form-finding and production;

    Adaptive Manufacturing






This research deals with devising simultaneous interdisciplinary collaborative architectural design during the entire design process, by developing computational methods, tools and techniques to improve data, information and knowledge exchange among the involved partners toward faster, better and more transparent processes.


    BIM (Building Information Modelling)

    BEM (Building Environmental Modelling)    (Building Energy Modelling)

    DIM (Design Information Modelling)

    BAM- Building Assembly Modeling

    BOM-Building Optimization Modeling


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At the Design Informatics chair, the research focuses on computational design tools, methods and techniques enable to INTEGRATE these aspects into the architectural design. It deals with complexity in architectural design using its soft aspects, such as perception and experience of space, form, culture, function, aesthetic, social, economic, safety, comfort and the hard aspects such as technical, structural, material, energy and cost-related, construction, sustainability, climate and energy which should be considered during the conceptual phase of the architectural design.


The research into Design Informatics forms a prominent part of the Computation & Performance research program of the Faculty of Architecture, developed in collaboration with the chairs of Structural Design, Structural Mechanics, Hyperbody and the BEMNext of the Faculty of Civil Engineering.


The Computation & Performance research program aims to improve the performance of buildings and the built environment through scientific inquiry into novel ways of evaluating and influencing building performance using computational methods for measurement, prediction and simulation of buildings’ performances, form finding, design generation and analysis, information modeling, decision-making and design communication. Performance in this context refers to technical performance as well as qualitative performance – physical and psychological.

        Ongoing phds


  •  Ding Yang (SCUT-TUD double degree Phd), Multi-objective     and Multi-disciplinary Optimization of Sports Buildings


  •  Msc. arch. Ahu Sökmenoğlu (ITU-TUD double degree Phd), The City as a Data Mine. A Knowledge Discovery Approach to Urban Analysis


  •  Msc.arch.Merve Bedir (TOI-OTB), Occupant behaviour and energy performance in dwellings


  •  Ir. Max Visser, De Combinist. De studie van de ideale omgeving


  •  Msc. arch. Pirouz Nourian Ghadikolaee (TOI-Urbanism-Geomatics), CONFIGRAPH- Graph Theoretical Computational Methodology for Architectural and Urban Configuration


  • Msc. arch. Andre Chaszar, Beyond BIM – Parallel Model Derivation Processes in the Digital Representation of Architectural Works


  • Msc. arch. Irem Erbas, Knowledge Modelling for an Energy-efficient Transformations in Social Housing


  •  Msc.arch. Tijjani Zubairu, Computational intelligence approach to building performance assessment: from the stand point of elderly and disabled.


  •  ir. Ioannis Chatzikonstantinou, Computational Comprehension for Conscious Decision Support in Architectural Design


  • Msc.arch. Berk Ekici, Computational Intelligence for High-Rise Buildings


  • ir. Paul de Ruiter, Digital Design in a Homogeneous Environment

        Past PhD researchers at to&i


  •  Dr. Onur Nizamettin Sönmez (double degree PhD between TUD and İTÜ), Evolutionary Design Assistants for Architecture


  •  Dr. Michela Turrin, PAS: Performance Assessment Strategies. A computational framework for conceptual design of large roofs.


  •  Dr. Jose Beirao, City Maker. Designing Grammars for Urban Design


  •  Dr. Ipek Gursel, CLIP: Computational Support for Lifecycle Integral Performance Assessment


  •  Dr. Bige Esma Tuncer, Architectural Information Map. Semantic Modeling in Conceptual Architectural Design.


  • Michael Bittermann, Intelligent Design Objects (IDO) Cognitive approach for Performance based Design.


  •  Dr. ir. Sanja Durmisevic, Perception Aspects in Underground Spaces using Intelligent Knowledge Modeling


  •  Dr. S.Suat Özsariyildiz, Inception support for large-scale construction projects: A knowledge modeling approach


  •  Dr. ir. Reinout van Rees, New instruments for dynamic building-construction: computer as partner in construction


  •  Dr. Ir. Martijn Stellingwerff, Virtual Context: investigating the characteristics and opportunities of digital visualisation media for situated approaches to architectural design in an urban environment





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