Computational Design-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Computers are changing both the nature of work and the practice of architecture. Our graduates are ready.

Students in our B.Arch program master a range of skills in digital making and computational decision-making. In two required computing classes you'll use state-of-the-art software to draw and manipulate images digitally, create 3-D models, animated movies, and simulated building walk-throughs. In elective classes you'll use simulation software to evaluate the performance of buildings, explore the possibilities of smart environments, experiment with CAD/CAM, and develop new computational tools to support your design process. If your studios don't keep you busy enough, you can participate in faculty-led research projects in computational design to invent the future of computer-aided design. Our School also enjoys strong ties with the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, the Entertainment Technology Center, and the School of Design, expanding your opportunities to explore computational design while pursuing your B.Arch degree.

If you're looking for a world-famous graduate program in computational design, Carnegie Mellon is the place to be. Carnegie Mellon's M.S. and Ph.D. programs in computer-aided design research are among the first established and best known in the world, and we continue to attract the best and brightest students. Our program graduates play leadership roles in industry and academia: indeed many professors who teach computational design around the world received their education at Carnegie Mellon University.

Our programs are rigorous and technically demanding, but you will also have a lot of serious fun. If you're seeking exposure and experience with leading-edge design technologies, our 1-year MS in Architecture is the way to go. In our 2-year MS in Computational Design program, you'll have time to work on a small research project. And if you love research and are ready to devote yourself to inventing better design systems, you'll find the PhD program a natural way to develop your interests and expertise in computational design.

Our faculty's research interests are amazingly diverse. We're interested in shape grammars, algebra, and generative systems; design reasoning and case based design aids; requirements analysis and information modeling; intuitive interaction with design tools; architectural robotics; tangible media and embedded computing in the digital buildings of the future; and smart sketching tools. We work closely with colleagues in the School of Computer Science, Civil Engineering, and other on-campus units. If you're ready to go beyond being a CAD application user and help shape the future of architectural design, you'll be at home at Carnegie Mellon University.

Related Research

Sensor-based Defect Detection and Management on Construction Sites
Requirements on Product & Process Models for Building Commissioning
Computational Construction Kits & Craft
Spatial and Visual Reasoning
Design Research Summer Workshop

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Omer Akin
David Burns
Mark Gross
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