Eduardo Costa

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Research interests

Eduardo is a researcher in Design and Computation, whose interests lie in the intersection of Computation and creative domains like Architecture and Design, including (but not limited to) generative design systems, from parametric and procedural modelling to shape grammars, as well as mass customization, digital fabrication, user interfaces, virtual reality and 3D modelling, with a special interest in programming and scripting.

Holds a PhD in Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University, on the option of Digital Design, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology with a Doctoral grant.

As a researcher, Eduardo has collaborated in projects ranging from applying digital design methods to classical architecture to developing innovative interfaces for architectural design using multi-modal interaction techniques and immersive virtual reality environments.

Teaching experience includes courses on parametric design, digital fabrication, virtual reality and programming for design, and international workshops about the use of generative design in Architecture and Design.

Other responsibilities

Currently working on ACORN (Automating COncrete constRuctioN), on the digital side, our primary objectives are a) to combine structural design and analysis methods with optimisation routines that can propose the external geometry and internal reinforcement arrangement required to meet user-defined performance requirements, and b) to coherently link these novel design methods to appropriate robotic manufacturing processes, establishing key computational tools for constructability that consider automated manufacturing and whole-life value as an embedded part of the design process.

Supporting these, we aim to reduce carbon intensity by only placing material where it is needed, as well as work with end-users to ensure these computational tools can be seamlessly embedded in the design and fabrication processes, whether they are adaptations of existing processes, or are newly developed by this project.

And as a result, the digital making will help us to propose feasible construction solutions for buildings with automatically manufactured elements of non-standard geometry.

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture (Digital Design), Doctor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University

Award Date: 6 May 2018

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