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)

Jakob Beetz


Jakob Beetz works at the chair of Computational Design, Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen University, doing research in architectural and civil engineering. Within the fields of architectural and construction informatics, the focus of his past work has been on Building Information Modelling (BIM), Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW), and linked data.

Jakob graduated as a Diplom-Ingenieur from Bauhaus University Weimar in 2003 at the chair of Informatik in der Architektur InfAR, under the supervision of Prof Dirk Donath. He was awarded a PhD for his work on Facilitating Distri-buted Collaboration in the AEC/FM Sector Using Semantic Web Technologies, supervised by Prof Bauke de Vries and Dr Jos van Leeuwen at the ISBE (Infrastructure Security for the Built Environment) Group of the Department for the Built Environment at TU Eindhoven.

He is author of more than 80 scientific peer-reviewed publications and co-editor and co-author of Building Information Modeling – Technologische Grundlagen und industrielle Praxis (2015), published in English under the title Building Information Modeling – Technology Foundations and Industry Practice in 2018.

He co-founded the open source collaboration platform bimserver.org and lay the foundations to the OWL (Web Ontology Language) representation of the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) referred to as ifcOWL.

He has participated in numerous research projects including EU FP7 DURAARK, EU H2020, and  BIM4Ren, and is active in committees for the standardisation of interoperability in information exchange for the building industry on national (DIN), EU (CEN), and international (ISO, buildingSMART, W3C) levels.

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