RESEARCH

Research and Practice

The Digital Design and Fabrication Lab focuses on rethinking the way we design and build architecture using information technologies. The research targets both the creative phases of concept and schematic design, exploring an architecture that could not have been imagined without digital media, as well as the later phases of design-development and construction, investigating methods for efficiently implementing contemporary architecture that could not have been constructed without the integration of the arts and sciences via digital computation. Research work is classified in the following areas:

  • Design Computation: Development of purpose-built computer software including parametric and building information modeling principles for experimental design and rationalization of architectural projects for construction.
  • Digital Fabrication: Deployment of computer numerical control, rapid prototyping and industrial robotics for fabrication of complex designs.
  • Sensing Technologies: Data acquisition using 3D Scanning for applications such as architectural visualization, site/context analysis and building heritage conservation.

Collaboration Opportunities

Industry Partners: For project development inquiries including rationalization of complex geometry for building construction, automation in documentation and production, optimization of building performance metrics please contact dritsas@sutd.edu.sg

Researchers: PhD scholarships and research positions at the Singapore University of Technology and Design are available twice a year. Please contact stylianosdritsas@sutd.edu.sg for additional information with regards to ongoing projects and availability.

Past Projects

2015-2016 Clay Robotics / Research Digital Fabrication
2014-2015 Robotics Innovation Laboratory / Research Digital Fabrication
2013-2013 Bukit Brown Cemetery Mapping / Research Sensing Technologies
2013-2014 MRT Station Interior Cladding / Practice Design Computation
2012-2013 Library Pavilion Packing Optimization / Research Digital Fabrication
2012-2013 Architectural Heritage Digital Tectonics / Research Sensing Technologies
2011-2012 Singapore Sports Hub Building Envelope Optimization / Practice Design Computation
2011-2012 Thermoplastic Panel Building Technology / Research Digital Fabrication

Publications

Dritsas, S., 2016, An advanced parametric modeling LIBRARY for architectural and engineering design, In the proceedings of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing, Melbourne, Australia.

Tan, R. and Dritsas, S., 2016, Clay Robotics: Tool Making and Sculpting of Clay with a Six-Axis Robot, In the proceedings of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing, Melbourne, Australia.

Dritsas, S., 2015, Procedural Building Information Modeling for Digital Fabrication, In the proceedings of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Emerging Experience in the Past, Present and Future of Digital Architecture, Daegu, South Korea.

Dritsas, S., 2015, A Digital Design and Fabrication Library, In the proceedings of the Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design, Spring Simulation Multiconference, SimAUD Group, Washington, DC, USA.

Dritsas, S. and Kaijima, S., 2014, Introducing Architecture & Engineering to Prospective Undergraduate, In the proceedings of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, CAADRIA Conference, Kyoto, Japan.

Dritsas, S. and Goulthorpe, M., 2013, An Automated Robotic Manufacturing Process For The Thermoplastic Panel Building Technology, In the proceedings of the Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures Conference, Global Design and Local Materialization, CAAD Futures Conference, Shanghai, China.  (Best Presentation Award)

Dritsas, S. and Yeo, KS., 2013, Heritage Buildings and Digital Tectonic, Architecture Design (AD), X. De Kestelier & B. Peters (eds) Issue: March 2013, Wiley & Sons Publishing, London, UK.

Dritsas, S., Kalvo, R. and Sevtsuk, A., 2013, Packing Optimizations for Digital Fabrication, In the proceedings of the Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, Computation and Performance, eCAADe Conference, Delft, Netherlands.

Dritsas, S. and Yeo, KS., 2013, Undrawable Architecture: Digital Workflows for the Conservation of Heritage Buildings and the Discovery of Digital Tectonic, In the proceedings of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Open Systems, CAADRIA Conference, Singapore.

Yeo, KS., Dritsas S., and Wee, ST., 2012 Ideals versus Reality: A Fine Balancing Act in the Decision Making Process of Architectural Conservation, In the proceedings of the International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture Convergence and Divergence: Contemporary Challenges in East Asian Architectural Studies, EAAC Conference, Hong Kong, China.

Dritsas, S., 2012, Design-Built Rationalization Strategies and Applications, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Volume 10, Issue 04, Multi-Science / Doppler Press, Essex, UK.

Dritsas, S., 2012, Digital and Physical Design Sensibility, Dosya Architecture Journal, Issue: 29, Turkish Chamber of Architects, Ankara, Turkey.

Dritsas, S., 2012, The Rationalization of Complex Building Envelopes, In the proceedings of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Beyond Codes and Pixels, CAADRIA Conference, Chennai, India.