Lunchtime Learning: Generative and Analytical Design - Putting the Data into the Design


As technology keeps advancing and our abilities to use it grow, there seems to be no end to the new things that we can do. The problem with many of these things, is understanding what they are, how they can help, and what makes them different from each other.

In many ways programmatic design tools like Grasshopper and Dynamo come to mind when someone mentions generative design, but while they may have some overlaps they are not in and of themselves the same thing. Generative design is regarded as technology that mimics natures evolutionary approach to solving problems. By taking your design goals and rules to follow, the tools then proceed to iteratively move through many, many options in an effort to meet the stated goals. The results of this process tend to include solutions that wouldn’t have been possible via traditional design methods, and tie into other growing technologies like 3D printing for fabrication.

Join AIA|DC and Microdesk as technology expert, Peter Marchese, reviews generative design and how it connects to our industry and processes. He will go over new tools and their place in our traditional workflows, to show how we can start to take advantage of their potential and offer better and more efficient services.

Presented by: Peter Marchese - Senior Technical Evangelist, Microdesk

Sponsored by: Microdesk

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe and define generative design;
2. Explain how generative and analytical design can benefit the traditional design process;
3. List the kinds of solutions that are already being used; and
4. Discuss the differences between generative or analytical design and programmatic design.

Credits: 1.0 LU

Free for AIA & DAC members
$25 for Non-members

Registration required.
Please note: You must attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit.


  • When

  • December 9, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Where

  • District Architecture Center
    421 7th Street NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20004

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