Research developed by SCDC's master's and Ph.D. students results in theses and dissertations that contribute to the advancement of design computing.
Theses & Dissertations
Toolpath Design for Additive Manufacturing of Concrete
Using additive manufacturing (AM) technologies in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sector can bring many advantages, including increased labor safety and reduced use of resources, construction time, and cost.
Tapping into Urban Recycling for Housing Alternatives Developing a Building System with Waste Corrugated Cardboard and Tooling
The purpose of this research is to investigate how to devise a building system to enhance or support the housing needs of low-income communities in developing countries.
Immersive technology and spatial skill development
The main purpose of this study is the conduct of an exploratory quantitative research to better understand how immersive technology can be used in the domain of architectural education for undergraduate students.
A Data Mining Model and a Realtime Predictive Software Prototype for the Spatial Design and Planning of High Energy Performance Community Microgrids
Efficiency of a community microgrid's energy performance depends on the ratio of energy input (on- and offsite energy resources) to energy output (energy consumed and stored).
Deep Daylighting Impact of Lightwells on Indoor Daylighting and Energy Consumption in a Highrise Residential Building in Dense Urban Context
The aim of this study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of day-lighting in designing light-wells in high-rise residential building and give strategies to improve indoor lighting quality and to achieve energy efficiency.
Adapting Modern Architecture to a Local Context A Grammar for Hajjar's Hybrid Domestic Architecture
The purpose of this study is to analyze Abraham William Hajjar's single-family houses in State College, Pennsylvania, using shape grammar as a computational design methodology.
HOPLA Mass Customization of House Designs
The aim of this research is to develop a design tool allowing mass customization of house designs and to use that tool to analyze computer aided participatory design process.
Generating variety High-rise Residential Facades Design
This project proposes an assistant design tool using computer programming to facilitate the design process of high-rise residential building facades.
Masonry screen walls in Paraguay Creating a digital framework for shape, performance and optimization
Masonry screen walls are brick enclosures that utilize oblongs and different patterns to create walls that act as screens to provide shade and natural ventilation to buildings.
Understanding the Urban Structure of Informal Settlements Combining 3D Scanning Techniques and Shape Grammars
The research is focused on understanding the urban structure of Brazilian informal settlements, using two computational tools that are already being applied to architecture and urbanism, namely, 3D scanning to characterize existing st
The Geography of Taste A Data-Driven Measure of Social Distinction
This project is inspired by Bourdieu's theory of social distinction, that is, the cultural choice, or taste, is the best indicator of social position.