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)

Odilo Schoch


Odilo Schoch took on the position of Head of BIM at Swiss Federal Roads Office, one of the largest infrastructure owners in Switzerland, in 2020. He is about to hand over his position as Head of Postgraduate Education on Digitalisation at ETH Zürich, where he taught computational thinking to professionals within the construction sector. He established two companies which consult infrastructure and building owners as well as government agencies in customised future proof digital solutions and value-adding BIM. Among his clients are Swiss Fede-ral Railways, the cantons Zürich and Aargau, the City of Zürich, and retail giant Migros, and he carries out development within the Linked Data Working Group and ifcrail of buildingSMART International.

Odilo’s interests are the critical and contextual modelling of data concepts and matching processes. This leads to the implementation of tailor-made solutions for individuals and organisations. As a principal investigator of the Swiss national Competence Centre in Digital Fabrication, dfab.ch, he links his expertise on data, processes, and robotic fabrication.

With a background in a family run architectural business, he studied architecture at ETH Zürich, UCL London, and RWTH Aachen. He has practised in Germany, Switzerland, and China for companies such as Ove Arup Engineers and Baumschlager Eberle architects. He was Professor for BIM at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, visiting professor at SEU South East University in Nanjing, and Tsinghua, Beijing, China.

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