The evolution of digital media in the last decade has prompted generative techniques in fabrication alongside new understandings in the organization of material through its properties and potential for assemblage. Recent advances in computation, visualization, material intelligence, and fabrication technologies have begun to alter fundamentally our theoretical understanding of general design principles as well as our practical approach towards architecture and research. This renewed interest in broadening the discipline has offered alternative methods for investigating the interrelationships of parts to their wholes, and emergent self-organized material systems at multiple scales and applications.

This symposium features pioneers who are leading this new field through rigorous multi-directional and multi-disciplinary investigations that are shaping the future trajectories of these material innovations and technologies for architecture. The symposium aims to advance materials research and digital fabrication across disciplines in order to effect pragmatic change in the economical, ecological, and cultural production of complex built forms. Participants from diverse disciplinary backgrounds investigate the intersections of architecture and science, and apply insights and theories from biology, engineering, and mathematics to the design, fabrication, and production of material structures. The main thrust of this symposium concerns the evolution, discourse, and application of material and digital fabrication processes in architecture.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with the launch of the new program, Matter Design Computation, housed within the graduate field of architecture at Cornell University. For more information, please contact the graduate programs coordinator, Cindy Bowman


Preston Thomas Memorial Lecture Series

The Preston H. Thomas Memorial Lecture Series is funded by a gift from Ruth and Leonard B. Thomas in memory of their son, Preston.

The event is envisioned and hosted by the Cornell Department of Architecture; Jenny Sabin, Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Assistant Professor, Cornell University; Mark R. Cruvellier, architecture department chair and Nathaniel and Margaret Owings Professor of Architecture, Cornell University; Sasa Zivkovic, assistant professor of architecture, Cornell University; and Christopher Battaglia (M.Arch. '17), Cornell University.