Chapter 7 – Interactive Programming

20 September 2013 – Drawing upon innovations in software engineering Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) to create an interactive programming interface for architects. The interface enables designers to modify their code and immediately see the geometry of the model change. This case study positions the scripting environment itself as a important site of innovation, a site where many programmers have already provided numerous useful innovations.

Chapter 8 – Discussion: Beyond Toolmaking

20 September 2013 – There is a close relationship between software engineering and parametric modelling. This relationship has implications for how parametric modelling is taught, for how parametric modelling is integrated in practice, and for how we discuss parametric modelling.

Chapter 9 – Conclusion

20 September 2013 – In many ways the conclusion to this thesis is simple: software engineers creating computer programs and architects designing with parametric models share similar challenges, which can often be addressed with similar research methods and similar design practices.

Parametric Typography

21 August 2013 – A failed attempt to apply parametric modelling to typography as part of my thesis. Includes a discussion of parametric logos, and source files for six parametric fonts in Processing.

A History of Parametric

6 August 2013 – A long and incomplete history of parametric modelling. Starting in the nineteenth century with James Dana’s crystal drawings, and ending up in twenty-first century by way of Gaudí, Moretti, Ivan Sutherland’s Sketchpad, and other more recent technological innovations.


15 June 2013 – The FabPod is an acoustically tuned meeting room housed within an open-plan office at the RMIT Design Hub. As part of this project I established the FabPod’s geometric rules and created the parametric models through which it was designed.

What’s in a name?

29 May 2013 – As of today, is now In this post I look back at the various incarnations of and explain why it was time to retire the name.

Design Ecosystems: Customising the Architectural Design Environment with Software Plug-ins

4 April 2013 – An article in AD 2013 by Daniel Davis and Brady Peters. In this article we trace the changes in authorship as design environments shift from cathedral to bazaar.

Sagrada Família

5 March 2013 – Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família has been under construction for over one hundred and thirty years. For the past four years I have worked intermittently for the current executive architect, Mark Burry.


16 February 2013 – Why I haven't posted in a long, long time.