Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
CITA focuses on IT as a tool for design, production and communication within key research areas: Digital Formations: new parametric design tools and their physical counterpart: Building Information Modelling, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture. Behaving Architectures: new programmable materials including nanotechnologies and interactive textiles. Interface Ecologies: real-time modelling, interface design and intelligent programming. CITA has a strong track record in initiating and running research projects and networks with international partnerships. In 2011 CITA completed the nationally funded research network Digital Crafting cementing many of InnoChain’s industrial and academic collaborations. In 2012 Mette Ramsgard Thomsen was awarded the Danish Council for Independent Research Sapere Aude Advanced Research Grant for elite research at top research level. CITA has a strong international reputation and is a central part of the research community on computation and architecture. In 2011 CITA hosted the core research conference Smart Geometry and in 2015 we will host another central conference Design Modelling Symposium. CITA’s research has a strong focus on industry collaboration both nationally and internationally through an established programme of industrial PhDs, consultancy, training and research collaboration. CITA is part of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) with 230 academic staff and 1700 students at PhD, Masters graduate and Bachelor undergraduate level.
Researchers: Professor Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Associate Professor Martin Tamke, Associate Professor Phil Ayres.
CITA / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Martin Tamke is Associate Professor at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) in Copenhagen. He is pursuing a design led research in the interface and implications of computational design and its materialization. He joined the newly founded research centre CITA in 2006 and shaped its design based research practice. Projects on new design and fabrication for wood and fibre based materials led to… read more
Mette Ramsgard Thomsen
CITA / PROFESSOR / Head of CITA
Mette Ramsgard Thomsen’s research centres on the intersection between architecture and computer science. During the last 15 years her focus has been on the profound changes that digital technologies instigate in the way architecture is thought, designed and built. In 2005 she founded the Centre for IT and Architecture research group (CITA) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design… read more
Tom Svilans is an Innochain PhD fellow at CITA in Copenhagen. His research focuses on the link between industrial timber fabrication and early-stage architectural design. Through hands-on prototyping, coding, and industry secondments, he looks at how certain material properties and behaviours of timber can be leveraged to create smarter and more innovative design solutions.
Paul Poinet is holding a B.Arch. from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (ENSAPM) and a M.Sc. in Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research from the University of Stuttgart (ICD/ITKE).
During his Bachelor of Architecture (2010-2013), he has been working in the design development of concrete lattices at EZCT Architecture & Design… read more
Kasper Ax is a PhD researcher in architecture at CITA (Center for Information Technology and Architecture) at the Royal Danish Academy, School of Architecture, in Copenhagen. He is an architect, researcher and educator with a particular interest computational and digital, architectural design. His research is situated within the ‘Materialising Design’ work package… read more
ESR02- INTEGRATING MATERIAL PERFORMANCE
Author: Tom Svilans
Industrial Partners: Blumer Lehmann, White. The ability to simulate material performance, parametrising and calculating material properties as design drivers present new perspectives in structural and material thinking. By understanding materials not as static or inanimate, but as engaged by complex behaviours, material performance is regarded as one of the richest sources of innovation. New structural paradigms are emerging that integrate material performance such as active bending. read more
ESR06- MULTI SCALAR MODELLING FOR BUILDING DESIGN
Author: Paul Poinet
Industrial Partners: Buro Happold, designtoproduction. Investigating multi scale modelling principles for architectural design. Multi-scale modelling is an interdisciplinary research topic in which systems are modelled at multiple scales and interfaced enabling the modelling of low scale systems to parametrisise and inform high scale systems . The project investigates multi scalar modelling as a means to support iterative build-up of knowledge in the design process in which highly specified material simulations interface with open ended design models. read more
ESR14- DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE AND ASSEMBLY
Author: Kasper Ax
Industrial Partners: designtoproduction, Bluhmer Lehmann. One of the central achievements of digital chain is the ability to mass customise building elements creating individualised solutions and enabling new kinds of building geometries. While methods for the design and production of customised elements have matured, the planning of assembly procedures remains undeveloped in the building sector – in contrast to for example to product design . read more