Design Optioneering

anna university hindustan design optioneering chennai 2014

I was invited for a knowledge sharing session with students of Anna University and Hindustan University, Chennai in August 2014. The session panned out to be an interesting platform where we exchanged ideas on how to we could adopt 'Design Optioneering' in mainstream architecture practice.

Some of the topics that were covered in that session were:

  • Why should we adopt Iterative Virtual Prototyping?
  • Benefits of performance driven design approach
  • How to employ Optioneering in urban design?
  • Design automation & case studies
  • Future of Parametric BIM & other tools

We need every tool in the box

Future of Parametric BIM: We need every tool in the box for a robust workflow.

Computational Design Thinking


I had the opportunity to deliver a series of talks in July 2013 on ‘Computational Design Thinking’ in three leading Architecture schools in Chennai; SRM School of Architecture, Crescent School of Architecture and Rajalakshmi Engineering College. 

The talks focused on how capacities of computational design are fully unfolded by effectively exercising computational thinking in design practice. My approach to the talk was to keep it simple and appealing to a crowd of young architecture students. I had based this talk on some of the research work I was part of in NUS, Singapore and a few interesting projects I had designed in Chennai. The idea was to give an overview of how we can leverage computational design thinking effectively in both research and practice. Some of the topics I had covered in the 90 minute talk were:

  • Role of computational designers in AECO industry
  • How different are computational designers from architects?
  • Leveraging computational design for augmented design exploration
  • Design automation
  • ROI of technology for small, medium and big firms
  • The future of architecture research & practice
A daylight based parametric facade by WOW Architecture+Design
Leveraging computational design for augmented design exploration: A Design Optioneering exercise for an office facade project in Chennai