Ewan Branda

Professor of architecture, architectural historian, software developer, former architect, currently based in Montréal


AI in architecture

Recently, I have been teaching design studios and seminars that consider potential roles of artificial intelligence in the early stages of design, including the parti and the diagram. We developed workflows that combine older techniques such as optimization and evolutionary algorithms with newer methods based on machine learning. 

Students developed early schematic proposals by evolving parti diagrams using the Processing programming environment, and then altered the resulting drawings using neural-network deep learning techniques.