Algoritm Summer School ROME 2017

17 - 28 July 2017   at Faculty of Engineering - Sapienza University of Rome
Registration deadline is 31st of May 2017

Number of students: 40 – 45 students
Official language: English with Italian and Arabic supports
Total training hours:   80 hours
Place: Sapienza University of Rome - Faculty of Engineering
Final exhibition: Sapienza University of Rome - Rome - Italy
4 professors and 8 tutors from University of Pennsylvania- USA, AA - London,politecnico di Milano- Italy, SAS-UNICAM-Italy, BAU - Lebanon , MSA, AAST and Cairo University - Egypt
Fees: 1000 Euros includes Arduino kits/ each participants, all teaching materials and software, printing and projects fabrications.
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Modules Topics

Module 01:
Digital design Algorithms and Parametric Architecture, Form finding optimization techniques

Date: 17 – 21 July 2017

Generative design, NURBS modeling, parametric modeling, architectural design algorithms, form finding algorithms, generative designs in architecture and urban scale and fields algorithms.
Tools: Rhino3D,  Grasshopper ,Paneling tools, Kangaroo plugin, fields components, weaverbird plugin, Digital Fabrication

Module 02:
Responsive and kinetic Architecture

Date:  24 – 28 July 2016

Kinetic Architecture, responsive facades interactive design,  smart buildings, customization systems robotics
Tools: Arduino, Firefly plugin ,gHowl, mobile controller, Wi-Fi controllers


Computational technology is rapidly developed. It provides strong capabilities to change life mechanism and the way we act, think, communicate and interact in real life. The goal of the summer school is to provide students with a new digital paradigm in design and architecture, and make them able to gain practical experience on future trends of computational architecture, generative design, Algorithmic analysis, design optimization, digital fabrication and smart kinetic systems. As they merge the fields of art, architecture, engineering, communications, sustainability and technology. Students will learn how architecture can transform itself in response to the constant change of surrounding environment and human actions. The school allows students to develop skills on computational design. According to the parametric design strategy, the Architectural forms should not be superimposed, where an overview of building science and control techniques will be provided to link form and performance. Students will also gain insight on what computer tools are available in practice to assess various measures during the design process of built environments. The school encourages the observation of material behaviors and their use in Architectural design featuring subconscious experiences. Students will investigate modern materials and their digital fabrication by direct experience. They will work with algorithms and sensors able to recognize and respond to human attitudes and environmental adaptation. Students will engage digital virtual world with real environment in their final the projects.

School Program

The program is based on advanced computational approach that enables designers and architects to overcome the imposition of prefixed architectural forms in order to enhance performance-driven design and responsive kinetic solutions that interact with humans and environment. Lectures on parametric design simulation, generative and form finding as well as environmental optimization, analyzing and digital fabrication prototyping, are integrated together in 2 main modules. Students from the beginning of the school will be divided into groups to compete on a case project increasing their ability to define project parameters, design factors, solving problems, understanding factors relationships, involving environmental and human sensors, and optimizing their projects solutions in smart and inelegance way.

Module 01:

In the beginning of the school, parametric modelling will be introduced (Rhino3d and Grasshopper) to build the necessary skills of parametric generative form methods to students. In this module will be dedicated to digital design methods and physical model making by various fabrication techniques, including laser cutting and 3D printing. Students will focus on the idea of creating algorithmic architectural form inspired by nature and their research will be supported by a series of lectures. Also they will be split into groups in order to develop projects assigned by the professors. This Module also adds Form Finding techniques to the parametric design strategies. Students will learn how material system behaviors, physical forces and responsive structure system can be digitally simulated into parametric models in order to explore complex forms that optimized and adapted to its natural behaviors, initial forces, material, particles, and structure systems. Series of lectures on form finding, natural structural algorithms, material behaviors, and physical forces will lead student to optimize their project forms.

Module 02:

It is experimental laboratory in which kinetic interactive Architectural models are tested and designed. Students will develop novel solutions, building upon learning responsive kinetic systems. They will design Architectural responsive robotic systems inspired by nature. Projects will transform by adapting to environmental conditions and human behaviors happening at real and virtual levels. Students will submit the final phase if their projects.

Schedule Full Details

Module 01

Digital design, form finding Algorithms, and Parametric Architecture

Time: 17 – 21 July 2017

Tools: Rhino3D – Grasshopper – Paneling tools- Kangaroo plugin - fields grasshopper -Digital Fabrication

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Topics: generative design, NURBS modeling, parametric modeling, architectural design algorithms, form finding algorithms, generative designs in architecture and urban scale and fields algorithms


Day 01 - opening lecture on Algorithmic aided Design- tutorials and introductions to NURBS modeling with Rhino 3d
Day 02 - Parametric modeling tutorials with grasshopper 3d- Grasshopper processes, algorithmic logic and data management-Essential mathematical functions and logical operations- Projects assignments, groups divisions, project phase’s schedule
Day 03 - Form finding methods and theories for architecture and urban- Training on physical algorithms using Kangaroo plugin-Catenary systems on curves, Catenary on surfaces, and mesh relaxation
Day 04 -     Algorithms and design inspirations-     Subdivision algorithms, paneling tools-     Magnetic fields algorithmic form finding using fields’ component on grasshopper-     - Responsive materials, structural optimizations
Day 05 - Parametric fabrication techniques, Nesting and optimization- Project phase one submission

Module 02

Responsive and kinetic Architecture

Time: 24 – 28 July 2017

Tools: Arduino – Firefly plugin - gHowl – mobile controller - Wi-Fi controllers

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Topics: kinetic Architecture, responsive facades, interactive design, smart buildings, robotics


Day 01 - Kinetic Architecture introduction and projects examples- Responsive material analysis and design systems
Day 02 - Kinetic facades and dynamic pattern- Training on Arduino & preparing digital models for kinetic simulation
Day 03 - Firefly bulging and grasshopper definitions- Environmental and human sensors and design reactions
Day 04 - Smart and embedded systems for Architecture- Architectural models movements and mechanisms
Day 05 - Wireless controllers for grasshopper- Mobile controllers- Projects final submission



Author of “ AAD_Algorithms-Aided Design ” and “Parametric Architecture with Grasshopper” books. Digital consultant at Politecnico di Milano(Architectural Design Studio2). Authorized Rhino Trainer. In 2011 worked at Zaha Hadid Architects, London. Co-director of the AA Rome Visiting School

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Assistant professor at Beirut Arab University – Lebanon , PhD, Parametric design and Architecture, SAS-UNICAM-Italy. Lecturer at Faculty of Architecture - MSA University-Egypt validated by Greenwich University-UK 2013 – 2015 . Founder of Algoritm workshops and Epochal design studio-Egypt. Instructor of parametric design and Algorithmic generative Architecture.

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Co-founder at NIIT Studio, Lecturer in Alexandria University, is known for his interest of Diagramism, urban design and Architectural presentation. M.T.A at Alexandria University for The “Parametric design”, “architectural design” and “Introduction for city planning” .


Computational designer. Specialist in the field of energy and environmental analysis related to complex systems focus on parametric and optimization strategies. He worked for several offices in Italy such as Studio Kami and J.M. Schivo. He is currently involved in a series of parametric design workshops in Italy, directed by Arturo Tedeschi, including the AA Rome Visiting School.

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Architect, Co-founder at NIIT Studio, Master degree researcher at Alexandria university, guest Lecturer and instructor for the digital fabrication and parametric design techniques at Pharos University, Architecture and Interior department, Member at Association of Egyptian architects , M.T.A at Alexandria University for “Industrial design" and "Environmental graphic design", worked on transcomputitional membrane project at AA Visiting school workshop held at Madrid Spain, Lecturer at NIIT Design workshops specializing at parametric and digital fabrication, Lecturer at Parametric design workshop held at Bibliotheca Alexandria, is known for his imaginative design solution and his design strategies.

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Architect / PhD candidate at University “La Sapienza” in Rome , specialist in the field of energy and environmental analysis focus on material and structural optimization strategies. He takes part in AA Summer DLAB 2015 at AA School and Hooke Park where he developes “IN FLUX” project under the supervision of Elif Erdin and Alexandros Kallegiakis . He is currently PhD visiting research student at IAAC, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya, working on robotic fabrication strategies and adaptive skin system with multi – functional materials.


Architect, Researcher, and scientific paper editor in architectural topics. Assistant lecturer at Faculty of Architecture at Beirut Arab University Tripoli, Lebanon. Assistant in Arch Mapping (G.I.S.). Graduate student in Masters of Architecture. Model maker in Joe Khabbaz Engineering and Contracting Office and designer in Sufi Construction and Consultant, Lebanon.

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Full Time Teaching Assistant at Higher Technological Institute 10th of Ramadan city & Part Time teaching assistant at Arab Academy for Science , Technology & Maritime Transport , Holding master degree from Cairo university in environmental design and rating systems , achieved notable positions in numerous international competitions , participated in several international workshops and summer schools world wide .


Multidisciplinary Designer and a researcher in the fields of parametric and materials Technologies. Worked as a BIM Engineer and an Energy Consultant for CCC Company. Now he’s a Tutor and Researcher at Algorithm Workshops.

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Mohamed Rafeek

Architect / Urban researcher, Msc Project Management (International) from the University of Greenwich, UK. Full time Assistant Lecturer in MSA University and Part-time Urban Researcher in Cluster office in Downtown Cairo, Alongside freelance work sith Studio MEEM.

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Faculty of Engineering - Sapeinza University of Rome
department of Civil, Building, and Environmental Engineering
via Eudossiana 18, 00184-Rome (Italy).


Registration deadline is 31st of May 2017

You can register by completing the online application found in link on Algoritm Advanced Architecture Summer School webpage. If you are not able to make an online application, send email to for registration and instructions to pay by bank transfer. Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the program. All students traveling from abroad are responsible for securing visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. The School can provide a letterconfirming participation in the program. In case of visa rejection, a full refund will be available. By the end of the program, an official mini diploma certifications authorized by Roma 3_Italy and Cairo University Egypt and the external ministry of international exchange education will be provided to students.


The required fees is 1000 euros per student ,which includes all teaching materials, software kit, lectures kit, laser cutting, cnc routers , and 3d printing, Arduino boards, and using equipment. Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools.


This summer program is open to current Art, architecture and design students, masters, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: basic knowledge of 2D and 3D modeling software.

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