The 2008 SmartGeometry Conference featured a day long agenda focused on advanced computational and parametric design. Industry leaders discussed the issues of design, technology, and methodology through their presentations. Parametric design tools and consequential manufacturing technology are allowing new forms of architectural and structural expression which are changing radically the world of the built environment. Sessions also included a selection of highlights from the four day workshop that preceded the conference — providing a wonderful immediacy to the issues and concepts discussed.




This centrepiece of the event featured a day long agenda filled with inspiring sessions where tutors shared the work from this year’s Workshop, and they were joined by presentations from industry leaders and SmartGeometry Directors. Focusing on advanced computational and parametric design, these sessions included presentations on design, technology, methodology and through case studies.

The Conference was held at BMW Welt


Andrew Marsh – Ecotect
Arnold Walz – designtoproduction
Brett Steele – AA
Christoph Schindler – designtoproduction
Dr. Roman Kemmler - Schlaich Bergermann und Partner
Fabian Scheurer – designtoproduction
Hugh Whitehead - Foster + Partners
Huw Roberts - Bentley
J Parrish – ArupSport
Jaime Sanchez-Alvarez – Mero
Judit Kimpian – Aedas
Lars Hesselgren – KPF
Patrik Schumacher - Zaha Hadid
Philipp Schaerer - Digital Artist  
Prof. Dr. Helmut Pottmann - TU Vienna
Prof. Biomimetics George Jerominides - Reading University
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joerg Schlaich - Schlaich Bergermann und Partner
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Manfred Grohmann - Bollinger + Grohmann
Shane Burger – Grimshaw
Silvan Oesterle - Gramazio & Kohler, ETH Zurich
Stefan Justiz - Schlaich Bergermann und Partner
Volker Junior - Junior&Tacke

The key focus of the 2008 workshops  was design to manufacture. Increasingly areas of expertise are converging based on digital tools and in today’s environment operating between multiple computing environments is common. Although the base software used at the course was Bentley’s GenerativeComponents (provided for free to attendees) several of the workshops explored links to other design, computation and design environments. 

Other sessions focused on linkages to analysis for performance evaluation such as environmental, structural, and of course light simulation.


The Workshops were held at:
Arabella Sheraton, Grand Hotel Munich

The Workshop was divided into 5 rooms, each of which pursued a predominant although not exclusive theme. Each workshop also linked to a variety of other software, ranging from Excel to analysis and simulation.

  • Structure
  • Environment
  • Fabrication
  • Form
  • Computation
  • Architecture


Workshop groups were led by 24 tutors, including these senior tutors:

Achim Menges - Architectural Association London / HFG Offenbach
Andrew Kudless - California College of the Arts / Matsys
Axel Kilian - TU Delft /
Brady Peters - Foster + Partners
Chris Williams - Bath University
Francis Aish - Foster + Partners
Hugh Whitehead - Foster + Partners
Jalal El Ali - Buro Happold
Jenny E. Sabin - University of Pennsylvania and CabinStudio
Jeroen Coenders - Arup
Jonathan Rabagliati - Foster + Partners
J Parrish - Arup Sport
Judit Kimpian - Aedas
Kaustuv De Biswas - MIT
Lars Hesselgren - KPF
Mirco Becker – KPF
Onur Yuce Gun - KPF
Rob Woodbury - Simon Fraser University
Roly Hudson - Bath University
Shane Burger - Grimshaw
Steve Sanderson - SHoP
Stylianos Dritsas – KPF
Volker Mueller – Bentley
Xavier De Kestelier - Foster + Partners


Platinum sponsor


Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. We offer solutions for the infrastructure lifecycle: from buildings to bridges, transit to utilities, clean energy to clean water. Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset performance by leveraging information modelling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure.