Kyle Steinfeld for the College of Environmental Design, Fall 2019
My work centers on the dynamic relationship between the creative practice of design and computational design methods.
While one of these is often characterized as a direct determinant of the other, my work seeks to demonstrate that...
new technologies of design
do not directly determine social relationships,
but are among the network of actors -
designers and specialists,
software and users,
data and drawings -
that compete to shape
the diffusion of design authorship
the social distribution of design work.
The interplay between new technologies of design and the culture of design practice comes into sharp contrast at intense moments of technological or social change. In my career as a student and a scholar of architectural design, I have witnessed two such intense moments.
The first was in the mid-1990s, when, as an undergraduate student of architecture, I was a part of a transitional generation that saw the shift from analog to digital representation.
The second was in the early-2000s, when, as a graduate student and young professional, I saw the adoption of computational techniques in design, such as scripting and parametric modeling.
generative design means
have not be applicable
or allegoric ends.
I primarily teach two types of courses in the Department of Architecture: core courses in design and architectural representation, and topical research studios and seminars in Design Computation. In addition to formal course instruction, I often serve as advisor of theses and dissertations for students both within the Department and in the broader University.