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“Simulation Tectonics” instructed by Robbie Eleazer introduces participants to contemporary information-based design through two distinct concepts: that of “parametric” design and that of “simulation.”

Designers can tap into a vast array of latent design information in today’s world of constant information flow and high degrees of digital horsepower. By introducing a rich platform of parametric software, designers can freely choose how to express notions of energy, potential, flows, and changing conditions.

Robbie Eleazer introduced architects, designers and engineers to tools for working with ever changing variables in an elegant and contemporary way. Eighteen students with backgrounds ranging from architecture, industrial design and engineering worked for five days to produce complex 3D models as well as 3D prints of pavilion proposals.


“The value of design can once again be placed on the outcome of a designer’s vision and not on its origin. Much like our finger as a physical digit is seamlessly integrated to our motor skills, the computational digit has become integrated into our processes, shifting the discussion from process to product.” —ROBBIE ELEAZER


Busan Opera House | Office: Emergent Architecture/Tom Wiscombe Design | Principle: Tom Wiscombe | Project Manager: Robbie Eleazer | Senior Designers: Robbie Eleazer, Dave Stamatis | Junior Designers: Mo Harmon, Mitchell Rocheleau, Jason Orbe-Smith, Cindy Lee. Image courtesy of Robbie Eleazer.

Busan Opera House | Office: Emergent Architecture/Tom Wiscombe Design | Principle: Tom Wiscombe | Project Manager: Robbie Eleazer | Senior Designers: Robbie Eleazer, Dave Stamatis | Junior Designers: Mo Harmon, Mitchell Rocheleau, Jason Orbe-Smith, Cindy Lee. Image courtesy of Robbie Eleazer.

CCTV | Office: Emergent Architecture/Tom Wiscombe Design | Principle: Tom Wiscombe | Project Manager: Amber Bartosh | Senior Designers: Robbie Eleazer, Luis Quinones, Dave Stamatis | Junior Designers: Josh Moratto,Valentina Soana. Image courtesy of Robbie Eleazer.

Robbie Eleazer is currently a lead façade designer at Asymptote Architecture, working with Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture on a parametric facade project in Ghent, Belgium. His area of research focuses on simulation tectonics, leading workshops on this topic at UCLA, USC, sci-ARC, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and The University of Applied Arts in Vienna.