Design Technology in Contemporary Architectural Practice

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Design Technology in Contemporary Architectural Practice lifts the curtain to unveil how eleven world-leading design studios integrate technology (such as computational design, BIM, and digital fabrication) as part of their day-to-day design exploration and delivery. Via first-hand accounts, the book offers rare insights about how these firms apply technology to purposefully disrupt and support their creative design processes in order to then explore how technology can be integrated on an organisational level. The resulting practice stories are loosely tied to four chapters that discuss how Design Technology corresponds to studio culture, collaboration and delivery protocols, business opportunities, knowledge sharing, staff empowerment, and more.

The author is less interested in presenting the latest and greatest tools than in focusing on cultural and organisational challenges and opportunities. This book benefits both the professional market (such as design firms reflecting on their technology use), as well as the academic context (with its critical reflection on the interface between design process and technology support). Stories from the following design firms are included:

Coop Himmelb(l)au

Foster + Partners

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Zaha Hadid Architects

Diller Scofidio + Renfo

Heatherwick Studio

Morphosis Architects


Woods Bagot

Herzog & de Meuron



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About the Author

Dominik Holzer is Associate Professor in Digital Architectural Design at the University of Melbourne (Australia) where he teaches in architecture, construction, and architectural engineering. An architect by training, Dominik researches, educates, and consults across domains within the built environment. His work centres around the cultural and organisational opportunities and challenges associated with technology-use in contemporary practice.

In parallel to his efforts in academia, Dominik established AEC Connect as an independent strategic BIM, Digital Engineering, and Design Technology consultancy, operating since 2009 in the Asia-Pacific region.

He frequently presents and publishes on Design Technology, (post)Digital Practice, and transdisciplinary collaboration. His BIM Manager’s Handbook (2016) has received wide praise from both industry and academia. The topics covered in his publications draw on the expertise he has established over the past two decades, and his approachable writing style makes them accessible for a wide audience.

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