2014 Conference

Paradigms in Computing

David Gerber

Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, and Models for Design Agency in Architecture brings together critical, theoretical, and practical research and design that illustrates the plurality of computing approaches within the broad spectrum of design and mediated practices. It is an interrogation of our primary field of architecture through the lens of computing, and yet one that realizes a productive expanding of our métier's definition and boundaries. It is a compilation that purposefully promotes architecture’s disciplinary reach and incorporations beyond the design and construction of buildings and cities.


The book offers a glimpse into the wide range of positions and experiences that are shaping practice and discourse today. The work included in Paradigms in Computing is evidence that models for enquiry are many and proliferating. As digitalization and computation continue to infuse our processes with new tools and new design environments, some of the trends collected in this book will continue to be central to the production and speculation of architecture, and others will, in retrospect, be recognized as the seeds of new, or perhaps multiple, paradigms.


Included are essays and projects, from; Alisa Andrasek, Rachel Armstrong, Philip Beesley, Tom Bessai, Shajay Bhooshan, Brad Cantrel, Matias Del Campo, Pablo Eiroa, Marc Fornes, David Jason Gerber, Maria Paz Gutierrez, Alvin Huang, Jason Kelly Johnson, Simon Kim, Neil Leach, Greg Lynn, Elena and Ana Maria Manferdini, Alex McDowell, Phillippe Morel, Nick Puckett, Casey Reas, Alex Robinson, Jenny Sabin,  Jose Sanchez, Patrik Schumacher, Kyle Steinfeld, Satoru Sugihara, Orkan Telhan, Kathy Velikov and Geoffrey Thun, Tom Verebes, Leire Asensio Villoria and David Mah, Jenny Wu, Eric Howeler and Meejin Yoon, and Zaha Hadid Architects.

ACADIA Guest editors:

David Gerber
University of Southern California
Assistant Professor of Architecture
David Gerber
Dr. David Jason Gerber is an architect, educator, researcher and serial entrepreneur. His work in practice and academia innovates at the intersection of design, engineering, and computer science and brings to design and architecture enhanced exploration, integration and articulation through technology. Dr. Gerber is a professor of architecture and engineering with years of experience in the global practice of architecture, urban design, and technology research and development. His research and professional practice continues to be widely published, cited and exhibited internationally. Dr. Gerber has degrees from UC Berkeley, the Architectural Association in London, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and has held fellowships at MIT’s Media Lab and Harvard University.

Mariana Ibanez
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (
Associate Professor of Architecture
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Alvin Huang
Mariana Ibañez is an architect and designer with degrees from the University of Buenos Aires and the Architectural Association in London. She is a founding principal of Ibañez Kim Studio and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Mariana's work has been exhibited and published in journals worldwide. In her practice and academics, Mariana focuses on the agenda of augmented environments and interactive design, exploring the relationship between space, material technology, computation and media in architecture and urbanism.