Morteza Hazbei is a Ph.D. student at Concordia University. He completed his Master’s and Bachelor’s in Architecture, specifically on Designing Cultural Spaces. His interdisciplinary Ph.D. research focuses on parametric design, optimization, and genetic algorithm. He investigates how are our rapidly developing computer tools changing our building forms and the character of our cities and how can advanced computer tools facilitate the optimization of complex and culturally appropriate forms.
Title of research: Bridging culture with environmental performance through the parametric design in architecture
Supervisors: Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella, Dr. Nawwaf Kharma, Dr. Bruno Lee and Prof. Richard Foltz.
Research Summary: The over use of parametric tools in façade design with a lots of environmental focus is distorting the cultural significance of the urban. There is an explosion of parametric design that is changing the face of the architecture. Nowadays, architects do not draw or sketch in the first stages of making forms. They prefer to use computer application to creates complex forms, and most recently, they use computer code and genetic algorithm to give them pleasant forms. The form and envelope of the building is one of its architectural elements that directly represent not only the performance but also the aesthetical aspects of it. building envelope covers the most exterior part of a building and thus plays a key role in achieving an ideal architecture. It is one of the most parts of the building in terms of expressive and form features. If we go back to history this form meant something religiously or symbolize regardless of the geography that they have been used. Today is the best arena to bridge computer parametric software with the cultural aspect of building which has been neglected by the progress of computer architectural software.
Keywords: Parametric Design, Architecture, Genetic Algorithm, Cultural Relevance, Form Aesthetic, environmental performance