Design Informatics Chair

The Design Informatics chair, led by Sevil Sariyildiz, addresses, in her research and educational activities, the application of information, communication and knowledge technologies (ICKT) to the building design domain in her entire breadth, paying particular attention to the building technical domain. The activities of the chair bridge the fundamentally technical aspects of informatics and building science with the applied creative aspects of architectural and building design, and include both mono-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and education.

The mission of the Design Informatics chair is to educate architectural engineers to excel in the domain of informatics within the building practice and advance the building practice; to further develop the field of design informatics, leading to innovations in the areas of building design and materialization processes; and to lead nationally and internationally in the area of design informatics applied to architecture.


In education (, the Design Informatics chair aims at giving BSc students a strong foundation in computational design and using ICKT within the building design domain, offer MSc students the opportunities to further develop and apply this knowledge and expertise, and ensure that after graduation they can continue to develop themselves through self-directed study. In this respect, learning and applying computational design and ICKT skills serves as a means to give students insight into and make them familiar with theories and methods that are broadly applicable and not restricted to any particular application.

Four application areas are distinguished:

  • modeling and presenting, also audiovisual and interactive;
  • scripting towards generation and simulation;
  • parametric modeling and prototyping for design, analysis and simulation;
  • information and knowledge modeling.

Through the education, results from research are also evaluated and brought into practice. This results in a continuous adaptation of education to new knowledge, insights and applications of ICKT in the design domain, from MSc to BSc.

Design Informatics leads the Computation & Performance stream of the Design & Technology graduation lab within the Building Technology track of the MSc program, and the Computational Architecture graduation lab and specialization within the Architecture track of the MSc program. The latter graduation lab also forms part of the International Joint MSc program in Computational Design and Fabrication Technologies in Architecture in collaboration with the Department of Architecture at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.


The research of the Design Informatics chair primarily focuses on design information and knowledge modeling and management, during design and materialization, within a collaborative environment, using information, communication and knowledge technologies (ICKT). The research targets both the more fundamental domain of technologies, methods and systems that are broadly applicable, as the development of tools, techniques and applications that consider a specific and practical context.

The research into Design Informatics forms a prominent part of the Computation & Performance research program of the Faculty of Architecture, developed in collaboration with the chairs of Structural Design, Structural Mechanics, Architectural Engineering, Hyperbody and the Structural Design Lab of the Faculty of Civil Engineering.

The Computation & Performance research program aims to improve the performance of buildings and the built environment through scientific inquiry into novel ways of evaluating and influencing building performance using computational methods for measurement, prediction and simulation of buildings’ performances, form finding, design generation and analysis, information modelling, decision-making and design communication. Performance in this context refers to technical performance as well as qualitative performance – physical and psychological.

The research into Design Informatics is currently organized under these themes:

  • Performative Design Computation
    Advanced modeling and prototyping techniques for performative and creative design, materialization and industrialization in the building sector.
  • Modeling for Smart Environments
    Information modeling for eco-city design and planning

The successful PhD research program in Design Informatics comprises more than ten PhD researchers researching topics such as deployable structures, design for reuse, intelligent design objects, building performance integration, generative urban design, etc.


The Design Informatics chair led by Sevil Sariyildiz and further consist of an enthusiastic team of researchers and instructors (including PhD researchers, guest instructors and student-assistants).