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)

Kay Römer


Kay Römer is Professor at and Director of the Institute for Technical Informatics at TU Graz, Austria. He also heads the Field of Expertise on Information, Communication & Computing which gathers more than 100 experienced researchers at TU Graz. He obtained his doctorate in computer science from ETH Zürich where he also worked as senior scientist before joining University of Lübeck in Germany as a professor.

Kay is an internationally recognised expert on networked embedded systems. He has co-chaired leading conferences in the field, served on the editorial boards of leading ACM and IEEE Transactions, and is currently chairing the steering committee of the EWSN conference.

His research interests encompass wireless networking, fundamental services, programming models, and dependability of the Internet of Things. He coordinates the TU Graz Excellence Project Dependable Internet of Things and leads the research area Cognitive Products in the Pro2-Future research centre.

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