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)

Harald Gatermann


Harald Gatermann is Professor of Digital Media, Design and Construction at HS Bochum University of Applied Sciences and Founding Member of the BIM Institute Bochum and the Master programme Architecture Media Management. He was dean of the faculty for four years and vice president of the university for another four years.

Born in Lemgo, Germany, Harald gained his architecture diploma at the University of Stuttgart. For seven years he worked as assistant professor at Braunschweig University of Technology.

Harald has published several books on architectural design and some architecture guides. His field of research was architectural and panorama photography in combination with virtual and augmented reality. He has presented his work on several conferences organised by Caadria, Ecaade, and Sigradi. He was a member of IVAR and is a founding member of AK:AI.

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
(with Oliver Fritz)
P. 129

Image & Colour
P. 229

Text, Typography & Layout
(with Oliver Fritz)
P. 327

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