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)

Sven Pfeiffer


Sven Pfeiffer is a Berlin-based architect and since 2020 Professor at the chair for Digital Design, Planning and Building at Hochschule Bochum.

He holds a professional degree in architecture from UAS Hamburg and a postgraduate architecture diploma from Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC) Frankfurt, with continued graduate studies at the University of Miami. From 2015 to 2017 Sven was head of the Department for Digital Architectural Production at the Technical University of Berlin. Other teaching positions include a guest professorship at the MSA Münster School of Architecture (2010–2014), and a visiting professorship for Digital and Experimental Design at the University of the Arts in Berlin (2017–2020). He has lectured and taught at several international universities, such as the KTH Stockholm and the Architectural Association, London.

His research and teaching focuses on the potential of integrating emergent simulation and fabrication technologies into the architectural design process at various scales to address complex issues of program, tectonics, and material organisation.

Digital Manufacturing
P. 405

Virtual & Augmented Reality
P. 463

(with Oliver Fritz and Urs Hirschberg)
P. 629

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