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Paul’s research involves the development of new computer-based tools for both architects and engineers to help with the creation, optimisation and realisation of complex geometry buildings. Until very recently, computers had been used almost exclusively by the building industry as a form of electronic paper, helping designers to communicate their ideas, but not actually contributing to the design process itself. But with the recent development in computational speed, graphics and networking, this means that the full potential of the computer is being wasted.

By combining mathematical techniques such as Dynamic Relaxation, Multi-Objective Optimisation, and Parametric Modelling, Paul aims to facilitate the design of complex geometry forms, using computational techniques to improve the potential structural and environmental performance and constructability of the resulting shapes. He is confident that computers will become active participants in the design process, as well as providing a common platform on which all members of the design team can interactively share ideas and truly collaborate to create innovative and sustainable buildings.

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 1998 2018

Cementitious mortars and polyurethane foams for additive building manufacturing

Dams, B., Peng, J., Shepherd, P. & Ball, R. 9 Apr 2018 p. 103-107 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Optimizing the Architectural Layouts and Technical Specifications of Curtain Walls to Minimize Use of Aluminium

Lee, A., Shepherd, P., Evernden, M. & Metcalfe, D. Feb 2018 In : Structures. 13, p. 8-25 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3D printers

Aerial additive building manufacturing of 3D printed cementitious structures

Dams, B., Wu, Y., Shepherd, P. & Ball, R. 12 Sep 2017 p. 345-348

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Adhesive pastes

A grid generation procedure for the design of single-layer freeform structures

Ye, J., Gao, B., Shepherd, P., Becque, J. & Hajirasouliha, I. 25 Sep 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Structural design
Computer aided design


Dataset for the effective length of columns in multi-storey frames

Webber, A., Orr, J., Shepherd, P., Crothers, K., University of Bath, 12 Aug 2015