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)

Ursula Kirschner


Ursula Kirschner is Professor for Architecture and Digital Culture at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Leuphana University in Lüneburg and director of the Institute for Urban and Cultural Area Research.

She holds a diploma degree in architecture from the University of Arts Berlin in 1989. Thereafter, she worked as an architect in the architectural office of Prof Winking in Hamburg and in Berlin, and as a freelance architect. She finished her PhD with a scholarship from the Dorothea Erxleben Program under the supervision of Prof Frank and Prof Winking at the University of Arts Hamburg in 2001.

Ursula is responsible for several international summer schools und exchange programmes funded by DAAD and other foundations. For many years now she has been working as a reviewer for DAAD and DFG, and been a member of the scientific committee of the Conference for Cooperative Design, Visualisation, and Engineering (CDVE). She is a founding member of the Forum Building Culture in Lüneburg.

Digital Design Strategies
(with Sven Schneider)
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