ASD Distinguished Lecture Series Spring 2015 by Roland Snooks, RMIT

26 Mar 2015 From 6.00pm SUTD, LT 4, BLDG 2, Level 4, Room 2.404


In architectural design, computation matters. In recent decades, digital design technologies have been adopted almost universally as the predominant means of production in architectural practice and have enabled new methods of design. This has generated a varied set of digital skills and a new type of architectural knowledge. But computation matters not only as enabler of design with technology but also as mediator of design through technology. The utilization of new technologies has facilitated the design and production of complexity. With this, computation relates also to the re-emergence of the physical in architectural discourse that is of architecture as formed matter and as physical artifact embedded within the material world. Computational Matters tries to connect this wide field of topics reaching from the conceptual to the physical, from urban scale to construction detail through a series of lectures. The Distinguished Lecture Series presents different positions by established and renowned speakers within this wide field of topics and is aiming at opening up the discourse at SUTD and the Singaporean design community.

Speaker Profile

Roland Snooks is an architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is a founding partner of Kokkugia and director of Studio Roland Snooks. He holds a B.Arch from RMIT University and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University where he studied on a Fulbright scholarship and a PhD from RMIT University. Roland's research is focused on establishing a methodological and conceptual basis for a behavioural approach to design: An algorithmic strategy drawing from the logic of swarm intelligence and operating through multi-agent algorithms.

He has taught widely including at Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, SCI-Arc, Pratt Institute, UCLA, USC and RMIT University. Roland has lectured, directed master classes and been an invited critic internationally including at Harvard, Yale, Aalto University, Milano Politecnic and the Architectural Association (AA.DRL). Roland divides his time between Melbourne and New York.