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)

Nikolaus Zieske


Nikolaus Zieske has been Professor of Architecture for Design and Construction in Existing Buildings at Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM) since 2002. For many years he acted as dean and vice-dean in the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering.

Nikolaus received his diploma in architecture at Technische Universität München (TUM) preceding his studies there and at ETH Zürich in association with Fabio Reinhart and Mirsolav Sik. Starting 1993, he has been managing an architectural office together with his wife in Erfurt and later in Gießen. In 2002 he was appointed to the Association of German Architects (BDA). He worked as an assistant at Bauhaus University in Weimar and as a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University CMU in Pittsburgh in 2011.

Nikolaus has a wide range of experience in surveying historic buildings, both by hand and with the help of digital tools such as tachymeters, laser scanners, and photogrammetry. His research at the moment is focused on the conversion of point clouds into digitally usable architectural plans.

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