Computational design and fabrication

Department of Architecture

Digitally aided design and construction are key areas in which the Chinese building industry has potential for development and a need for innovation. These areas have only recently found significant recognition amongst Chinese universities.

A number of XJTLU Architecture's academic staff are highly skilled in this research area and contribute to its development through individual research projects and via collaboration. Joining with XJTLU’s Department of Civil Engineering (on materials research in conjunction with the new Research Institute of Sustainable Materials and Environment), and with the Department of Industrial Design (on the development of joint facilities in conjunction with the new XJTLU's Research Institute on Industrial Design and 3D Printing), and forging relationships with other Departments across XJTLU and other universities, along with related local industries, numerous opportunities are offered which will enable us to assume a position of leadership in this field.

Fields of interest and expertise pertaining to the area include:

  • revisiting established architectural concepts (such as place, and place-making) from a digital perspective
  • reconsidering dominant standard processes of professional practice, taking into account the multitude of design process models
  • investigating under-explored design possibilities offered within the constraints of Chinese building and construction codes
  • developing high-tech design strategies that relate to low-tech production processes, such as those performed by unskilled labour.