Digital technology and architecture have become inseparable, with new approaches and methodologies not just affecting the workflows and practice of architects, but shaping the very character of architecture.

In this compendious work, two dozen university professors and lecturers share their vast range of expertise with a professional writer who assembles this into an array of engaging, episodic chapters.

Structured into six parts, the Atlas offers an orientation to the myriad ways in which computers are used in architecture today, such as: 3D Modelling and CAD; Rendering and Visualisation; Scripting, Typography, Text & Code; Digital Manufacturing and Model Making; GIS, BIM, Simulation, and Big Data & Machine Learning, to name but these.

Throughout, the Atlas provides both a historical perspective and a conceptual outlook to convey a sense of continuity between past, present, and future; and going beyond the confines of the traditional textbook, it also postulates a theoretical framework for architecture in the 21st century.

The Atlas of Digital Architecture then understands itself as an invitation to the rich feast of possibilities and professional profiles that digital technology puts on the table today, and hopes to whet the reader’s appetite for exploring and sampling their great potential.

Contributing Editors:
Ludger Hovestadt, Urs Hirschberg, Oliver Fritz

Diana Alvarez-Marin, Jakob Beetz, André Borrmann, Petra von Both, Harald Gatermann, Marco Hemmerling, Ursula Kirschner, Reinhard König, Dominik Lengyel, Bob Martens, Frank Petzold, Sven Pfeiffer, Miro Roman, Kay Römer, Hans Sachs, Philipp Schaerer, Sven Schneider, Odilo Schoch, Milena Stavric, Peter Zeile, Nikolaus Zieske

Sebastian Michael

Design and Layout:
Onlab (Vanja Golubovic, Matthieu Huegi, Thibaud Tissot)

Dominik Lengyel


Dominik Lengyel has been Full Professor for Architecture and Visualisation at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus since 2006. He has been funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the German Research Foundation as member of the Excellence Cluster TOPOI and of the priority programme The Digital Image.

Born and raised in Germany, he gained his architecture diploma from Stuttgart University, after studies in mathematics, physics, and architecture in Essen, Paris, and at ETH Zürich. Before BTU Cottbus he was full professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. Since 1999, he has been managing partner of Lengyel Toulouse Architects Berlin, an office for architecture and visualisation.

Dominik works on the visualisation of non-visual content in power engineering and of hypo-theses of archaeology and building and art history. He is a member of the Koldewey Society for building history research and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg, Austria.

(with Philipp Schaerer)
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