Using a dynamic medium of “interviews” and “podcasts”, students will feature experts in a topic relating on the AEC field, formulate questions and elaborate theoretical concepts and principles to support their studio proposals.


The BIM and Smart Construction Theory 


The fast immersion of Advanced Computation Applications and smart constructions into architectural praxis are profoundly transforming the way architecture is conceived, designed, developed, constructed, and inhabited. These developments are not only challenging traditional theoretical frameworks but also revealing the need to formulate and construct novel concepts and principles. This seminar proposes to inquire about this emerging paradigm.


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The first edition of this course will inquire into the notion of tools in current architectural praxis from an operational theory perspective. The class will investigate the famous statement by Cedric Price “If technology is the answer, then what is the question? Starting by examining historical developments of fundamental representational tools for architecture, students will investigate recent developments with an emphasis on some aspects related to smart construction and Building Information Modeling | BIM and inquire about their origins, aims, applications, and future projections.

Using a dynamic medium of “interviews” and “podcasts”, students will feature experts in a topic, formulate questions and elaborate theoretical concepts and principles to support their studio proposals. Finally, students will speculate about the impact of these tools and formulate a novel theoretical framework from a critical perspective for the architectural and construction disciplines of the XXI Century.

Learning Objectives 

At course completion the student will:

  • Identify, select, and analyse digital tools used in architectural, engineering and construction praxis related to smart constructions and BIM.
  • Review theoretical and practical precedents, as well as state-of-the-art for smart constructions and BIM.
  • Develop theoretical arguments related to BIM and Smart Constructions to support the student’s studio projects.
  • Conduct research on a specific topic by following a scientific methodology that includes problem formulation, questions, and hypothesis. 
  • Formulate an interview for a guest expert with a clear script that includes an introduction, questions, conclusions, and links.
  • Conduct a podcast interview as a relevant research method for qualitative research techniques involving individual interviews with experts in BIM Tools.
  • Publish podcasts as a valuable skill to communicate, organize, and deliver knowledge to a wider audience.


Faculty Assitants

Projects from this course

Automated Construction Through the Integration of BIM and Digital Twins

Digital twins or “digital replica” refer to a highly detailed virtual model of a physical building or infrastructure project, and through real-time monitoring the delivery of continuously updated data about systems and construction processes can be recorded within BIM. In a “House of Digital Twin”, the foundation of the house is Building Information Modeling (BIM), … Read more

BIM in Latin America : Education as a leverage to overcome adoption difficulties

BIM software is reshaping architecture, engineering, and construction globally, but its adoption is uneven. Many regions, including Latin America, lag behind in implementing this technology. Factors such as the economy, insufficient education and training, cultural and organizational barriers, lack of regulations or government initiatives are accountable for this issue. Additionally, the limited enhancements primarily focus … Read more

Tracing Interoperability: BIM-Rhino Unbound

TOPIC: Rhino and BIM interoperability represent a significant advancement in the AEC industry, disrupting traditional workflows and opening up new possibilities for design, collaboration, and data driven informed decision making. While developing interoperability solutions, designers identified the need for early integration between Rhino and BIM platforms. This improved collaborative environments from the start of the … Read more

Scan to BIM: ML tools for MEP component recognition


Source: Topic brief The research is investigating the potential benefits of integrating state-of-the-art machine learning (ML) tools in Scan-to-BIM for mechanical, electrical and plumbing parts (MEP) recognition. Recent advancements in ML can enhance construction phase and post-construction maintenance. The use of these tools can be critical to create accurate as-built models to automate the … Read more

The Role of AI in Connecting Architecture Data

3 Pocast Episodes with Immanuel Koh, Håvard Vasshaug, and Angelos Chonics Architects often face challenges when dealing with diverse data formats and the manual recreation of forms in Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. These obstacles can result in time-consuming processes, errors, and discrepancies between design intentions and construction execution. AI tools such as LunchboxML, PlanFinder, … Read more

AI Powered BIM Workflows

Abstract Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing global industries, with the AEC sector being no exception. This study embarks on a comprehensive examination of AI’s role within Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows, exploring its implications and envisioning the industry’s future post-AI integration. Initial Research Among the available AI aided BIM tools, we looked at the commonly used … Read more


FOR ON-SITE GUIDANCE AND PRECISION CONSTRUCTION ABSTRACT : Abstract Against the backdrop of declining productivity levels within the construction industry since the 1990s, as highlighted by McKinsey, the digital-physical convergence signifies a paradigm shift in construction practices. The discussion delves into the current state and recent advancements in BIM and AR technologies, noting the recent … Read more

Continuous workflow: Implementing BIM from planning to execution

Introduction BIM has long been established as a disruptive technology in the construction industry. It has significantly changed how we approach construction projects, making it possible to plan, manage, and execute projects more efficiently with digital models. Despite its potential, our experience is that the implementation of BIM into comprehensive processes and workflows involving multiple … Read more

Embedded Fabrication and Construction Workflows

How can BIM facilitate an integrative workflow or Chain like process between different stakeholders like Architect (designer), Contracting (General contractor), Fabrication and construction. The Research focuses on the ongoing collisions between the AEC disciplines and the innovative ways to optimize the multidisciplinary workflow methods throughout the process up to materialization, manufacturing, assembly and performance control … Read more

Do Architects Dream of Electric Sheep?

The future of architecture is being shaped by a romantic embrace of technology, exemplified by the concept of the “electric sheep.”  Architects are integrating BIM, computational design, robotics and other advanced tools into their workflows, resulting in a transformative shift in design possibilities. This approach not only improves efficiency, but also fosters greater creativity and inclusivity … Read more

Implementing BIM and 3D Printing Technology for Affordable & Sustainable Development in Third World Countries

•Building Information Modeling (BIM) and 3D Printing technologies offer a transformative potential in addressing housing challenges in third-world countries. BIM facilitates a comprehensive digital representation of construction projects, enhancing collaboration, reducing errors, and optimizing resources. In tandem, 3D Printing enables cost-effective and rapid construction, allowing for the creation of affordable and sustainable housing solutions. Together, … Read more

BIM as a part of smart data management in urban scale

“Building Information Modeling (BIM) in urban scale data management refers to the strategic integration of digital modeling techniques, for the thorough organization and oversight of urban infrastructure and services. This process entails crafting 3D models that encompass sets of data layers—including architectural, infrastructural, and environmental aspects—to streamline city planning, design, and operation.” The use of … Read more

From Data to the Physical: Prototyping Architecture in the Digital Age

PROBLEM STATEMENT The predominant usage of digital processes in the current practice of architecture. However, with the many positives there are known inherent and latent constraints (e.g., data encryption, cloud breaches, and copyright issues) and other possible complexities and challenges. THESIS STATEMENT To inquire the understanding of the adoption of digital processes in the practice … Read more

Machine Learning in Architectural Practice and BIM

We’ve witnessed a fascinating shift from conventional to computational approaches, responsive designs, and the era of automation. Machine Learning, a term buzzing everywhere these days, has made its mark in our industry as well. In architecture, ML, a subset of artificial intelligence, utilizes data to tackle challenges in computer-aided design by simulating various design alternatives … Read more

Closing the Loop – BIM for the Circular Economy

Exploring the role of BIM in the transition to a circular economy “a system where materials never become waste and nature is regenerated.” Initial findings Humanity stands on the precipice of runaway climate change and biodiversity collapse, current consumption exceeding six of the nine planetary boundaries. Today’s challenge is reducing consumption to sustainable levels and … Read more

Better Data Frameworks: What Pixar Can Teach the AEC Industry

Challenge The available Building Information Modeling (BIM) applications in the AEC industry help create geometry and add meta-data. However, the files generated by this software are neither readable nor editable by any other application. Additionally, the metadata added to geometry lives as disconnected copies in several models. These issues lock AEC companies to particular software … Read more

AI Integration in BIM Workflows

Project Statement : The integration of AI with Building Information Modeling (BIM) aims to overcome inefficiencies, communication gaps, and limited creativity in architecture. Using tools like Grasshopper, Dynamo, and Natural Language Processing alongside BIM standards, architects can automate tasks, enhance collaboration, and drive unprecedented efficiency and innovation in the industry. Thesis : Integrating AI with … Read more

BIM Unleashed: Powering Smart Cities and Overcoming Urban Challenges

Embark on a journey into the realm of urban innovation with “BIM Unleashed: Powering Smart Cities and Overcoming Urban Challenges.” In this captivating exploration, we delve into the transformative potential of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as it revolutionizes the landscape of smart cities. At the outset, we confront the pressing issues highlighted in our problem … Read more

BIM and the Sustainable development of affordable communities for informal settlements in Egypt

Abstract Informal settlements across all of Egypt are characterized by complex socio-economic situations aggravated by the immense size of the population and its rapid growth. As a result of lack of building regulations, extreme poverty and continuous need for expansion, the rise of uncontrolled informal settlements remains a significant challenge for Egypt. Our research explores … Read more

Becoming architect in the age of BIM

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The Embedded, (or Empowered) Architect with Phillip Bernstein (interview date 08.03.2024)  and Kristen Broberg (interview date 11.03.2024) Topic: As disruptive technologies become increasingly integrated into the construction industry worldwide, the implications for architectural education systems will be significant. The rapid transformation on a global scale necessitates a reassessment of pedagogical approaches to ensure that both … Read more

BIM Based Asset Management and Life cycle Analysis

Different Approaches for extracting/Regeneration of BIM Data Different Approaches of BIM Data integration for Life Cycle Analysis BIM-Based Asset Management and Life Cycle Analysis involve utilizing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), a scientific methodology for quantifying potential environmental impacts. In the realm of buildings, LCA is standardized by the European standard EN 15978. While this standard … Read more

The Future of Generative Design – Enhanced with BIM

The Tools In the world of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC), designers have access to a plethora of tools, ideologies, and software to make their visions a reality. Within this vast space of options for designers to choose from, there are more specifically, tools that deal with Generative Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Software … Read more