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)

Philipp Schaerer


Philipp Schaerer, born in Zürich in 1972, is a visual artist and architect and since 2014 visiting professor at ENAC, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL).

After graduating from there in 2000, Philipp worked as an architect and knowledge manager for Herzog & de Meuron in Basel from 2000 to 2006. During this time he created for the studio many well-known architectural illustrations that substantially influenced the visual language of today’s established architectural visualisations.

Specialising in the field of digital image processing, Philipp works at the intersection of architecture, photography, and graphic design. His work has been object of multiple publications and exhibitions and is represented in several collections – among others in the MoMA New York, MoCP Chicago, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the ZKM in Karlsruhe.

(with Dominik Lengyel)
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