Design exploration and optimization is most useful at the early design stage. Workshop participants will be exposed to a variety of design optimization techniques related to façade design. Using Kangaroo and Galapagos, as well as tools from the TT Toolbox for Grasshopper, participants will generate their own optimization routines. We will also teach the fundamental ideas of various optimization algorithms such as genetic algorithms and simulated annealing algorithms. Fundamental knowledge of the Grasshopper software is required to attend this workshop. Workshop participants will use their own laptops. Grasshopper is freely available here, and a trial version for Rhino can be found here.

As director of the firm's Advanced Computational Modeling team, Jonatan Schumacher oversees and implements strategic development related to integrated structural design, façade design and building information modeling. He works closely with the building structure, building skin and building performance practices, assisting project teams firm wide. Jonatan lectures at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J. and at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. He holds a master's degree in architectural engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in Product Design and Engineering from Middlesex University, London.



Matthew Naugle is member of the Advanced Computational Modeling team at Thornton Tomasetti, with an emphasis on establishing digital workflows catered to the multifaceted modeling processes within the company. He is responsible for teaching and developing methods that utilize parametric modeling, interoperability, integrated analysis, BIM management, and geometry rationalization. Matthew has taught and lectured on the topics of parametric design, digital fabrication, and building systems at Philadelphia University, Stevens Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania.


Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We address the full life cycle of structures through our six integrated practices in Building Structure, Building Skin, Building Performance, Construction Support Services, Property Loss Consulting and Building Sustainability. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is a 700-person organization of engineers, architects and other

professionals collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Date: Tuesday 08 October 2013
Location:     51 Madison Ave. New York, N.Y. 10010-1603
Time: 09.00 - 12.30
Lunch: 12.45

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