January 26, 2021 / ICD

Tenure-Track Prof. Dr. Thomas Wortmann


We are very excited to welcome Dr. Thomas Wortmann as Tenure-Track Professor for "Computing in Architecture" at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Computional Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC)" at the University of Stuttgart.

Thomas Wortmann develops computational methods to support the design of resource- and energy efficient buildings. He researches the exploration, optimization and visualization of multi-objective design spaces and fitness landscapes. For this, he uses machine learning to rapidly estimate the results of time-consuming simulations. In the future, he plans to also include aspects of fabrication and construction in these design spaces. The data structures and data flows that are necessary for this inclusion are another important topic of his research.

Thomas Wortmann graduated in architecture at the University of Kassel, where he specialized early on computational design methods. After several years as a project architect at NOX, Lars Spuybroek’s practice in Rotterdam, he deepened this specialization with a Master of Science in Design and Computation at MIT. In 2018, he received his PhD in Architecture and Sustainable Design from Singapore University of Technology and Design, a new university founded in cooperation with MIT. His PhD thesis focused on simulation-based optimization and interactive design space exploration and received the university’s “Best Dissertation” award. Among computational designers, he is known especially as the lead developer of Opossum, an award-winning, machine-learning based optimization tool that has been download over 5.000 times and is used by practicing architects and engineers around the world.

FInd more information on his expertise here: https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/en/press/experts/Tenure-Track-Prof.-Dr.-Thomas-Wortmann/

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