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Madis Pihlak
Associate Professor, Tenured
Portrait of Madis Philak
Department of Architecture
203 Arts Cottage

Madis Pihlak has lectured widely on emerging digital design media. His research includes sustainable urbanism, design collaboration, pedestrian friendly site design, and the application of Hollywood level animation software packages as a design medium.


  • M.L.A
  • M.C.P

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 431 (Architectural Design V)


Design computing; urban design; and digital expression.


  • M Pihlak, P Deamer, R Holland, U Poerschke, J Messner, K Parfitt, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the Impact on Design Quality. Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology, Vol 1, Issue 1 Dec 20, 2011
  • M Pihlak A Better CAD Solution, LASN Technology, p 1-5 June 2011
  • M Pihlak, Toronto Ecological Urbanism: Sustainable City of the Future, CELA, ISOMUL May 2010 Maastricht, the Netherlands
  • Robert Holland, John Messner, Kevin Parfitt, Ute Poerschke, Madis Pihlak, Ryan Solnosky, Integrated Design Courses using BIM as the Technology Platform, ECO Build 2010
  • U Poerschke, R Holland,J Messner, M Pihlak. BIM collaboration across six disciplines, Proceedings of the International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, W Tizani, (ed) Nottingham University Press May 2009
  • M Pihlak, Cross-Cultural Urbanism in the Studio, EDRA 39 Vera Cruz Mexico, June 2008
  • M Pihlak, 2006, Massive Choice: Transparent Integration of Three Dimensional Digital Design Media, in Imag(in)ing Worlds to Come ACSA Northeast Regional Conference 2006 Ecole D’Architecture Proceedings, Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada. October 6,7,8 2006. 
  • Maikov,K.  M Pihlak. Is the Pedestrian City Relevant to the Sustainable City? Mobility, Urbanization and Health. WIT Press Southampton, Boston, MA. July 10, 2006.
  • Pihlak, M, 2006 Beyond Digital Representation: Transforming Tools/ Professions/Disciplines, Kerb, Journal of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Environmental Design and Construction Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Feb. 2006
  • M. Pihlak,  Vectorworks 12  April 2006  Landscape Journal, University of Wisconsin Press
  • M Pihlak, Maya 7  May 2006. Landscape Journal, University of Wisconsin Press
  • Innovations in Technology for 2006, Printed Interview One of three “landscape architect experts”  by Landscape Architect and Specifier News Dec.. 2005
  • Pihlak,M. 2005 Web Article The Christo Jean Claude Gates in Central Park Greenwich University UK. March 2, 2005


photo of madis pihlak's work
photo of madis pihlak's work
photo of madis pihlak's work
photo of madis pihlak's work
photo of madis pihlak's work