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)

Frank Petzold


Frank Petzold is Full Professor and Head of the chair for Architectural Informatics at the Department of Architecture as well as Affiliate Member of the Department of Informatics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Born and raised in Germany, he studied computer sciences with a focus on architecture and civil engineering at HAB Weimar (today Bauhaus University) and gained his doctorate from Bauhaus University Weimar. Before TUM he served as research associate at the chair of Computer Sciences and as Junior Professor for Architectural Informatics at Bauhaus University Weimar.

In both research and teaching, Frank examines questions of information technology supporting the design process and the fields of activity of architects and urban planners. He is a founding member and spokesman of AK:AI, member of the GACCE (German Association of Computing in Civil Engineering Architectural Informatics), and since 2015 has held the position of Vice-President of the DARL (Association of Deans of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture in Germany).

Building Information Modelling (BIM)
(with Jakob Beetz, André Borrmann, Petra von Both, and Odilo Schoch)
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