Digital Design and Fabrication Research Lab

Digital Design and Fabrication Research Lab

The proliferation of digital technologies reshapes our understanding of the world. It also shifts how we perceive our built environment, and at the same time exposes us to new potentials and innovation. The shift also enables architects and designers to move from agents of notation to the centre of the design and making processes.

The Digital Design and Fabrication lab encompasses broad areas of expertise, ranging from (but not limited to) computational design, digital fabrication, robotic design, virtual experience, blockchain technologies, environmental design and many more, exploring the technological potentials of our built environment. The lab aims to ignite conversations between technology, AEC sector and human beings at the centre of each technological development. We question how technology can enhance people’s lives and at the same time nurture the planet.

Other than the above-mentioned research expertise, current ARC staff lab members’ research areas also include architectural and design applications in interactive evolutionary algorithms, performative design, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital heritage and building performance.

Our PhD researchers are working on areas such as building energy modelling with UAV and IRT technology, machine learning, gamification, digital design and fabrication of UHPFRC components, digital materiality, digital design cognition and AI in HCI- based architecture.


Core Areas

  • computational design
  • digital fabrication
  • robotic Design
  • virtual experience
  • blockchain technologies

Selected Publications and Practice-Based Research

  • Di Marco, G. (2018). Simplified Complexity: Method for Advanced NURBS Modeling with Rhinoceros®. Le Penseur.
  • Gonzalez, E., Di Marco, G., Gonzalez, C., & Galindo, J. (2021). Parametric Analysis of the Dome of the Sports Palace of Mexico City. Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, 62(1), 50-60.
  • Dounas, T., Lombardi, D., & Jabi, W. (2021). Framework for decentralised architectural design BIM and Blockchain integration. International journal of architectural computing, 19(2), 157-173.
  • Dounas, T., & Lombardi, D. (2022). Blockchain Technologies in Construction. Springer, Singapore.
  • Rian, I. M. (2022). Fractal-based algorithmic design of Chinese ice-ray lattices. Frontiers of Architectural Research, 11(2), 324-339.
  • Wang, L. (2022). Optimization-aided design: two approaches for reflective exploration of design search space. International Journal of Architectural Computing, 20(4), 758-776.
  • Wang, L., Zhang, H., Liu, X., & Ji, G. (2022). Exploring the synergy of building massing and facade design through evolutionary optimization. Frontiers of Architectural Research.

Lab Coordinator