The Digital Fabrication (Dfab) in Architecture group investigates advanced design to fabrication flow, such as 3D modeling, simulation, digital fabrication and physical assembly and testing. The group is interested in Fabrication in Architecture in general, especially how the recent rise of Digital Fabrication technologies have advanced contemporary architectural design. The group works on digital modeling, simulation and physical fabrication simultaneously, with the latest Dfab equipment, such as Laser Engravers, CNC routers and 3D printers. Its design criteria are performance based rather than form driven, which involves a part of structural analysis and environmental simulation as design input. Its appearance of technologies in architectural form is rather sophisticated, yet to support the profound leap in contemporary architectural design and construction.


Dfab Functionalism ©

Form follows Function has been manifested as the dogma of modern architecture and industrial design in the 20th century. However, as consequence of recent development of digital design and fabrication technologies, we are observing a number of free-form designs without reflecting sufficient functional relevancy. Those free-forms are eye catching, however, each one is nearly in-identifiable due to the flood of fluid forms. Apparently one of the strengths of digital fabrication technologies is laid on rapid fabrication capability of complex and precise 3D forms, however it has yet to justify the use of those new technologies particularly for architectural design and scale. Dfab Functionalism ©’s agenda is critical to supersede the current gap between technological advancement and genuine architectural functional needs.


Shinya OKUDA, Assistant Professor

– Silei Chan, Part-time Research Assistant (2013 -)
– Tan Ying Yi, Part-time Research Assistant (2014 -)
– Fong Xuanyi, Part-time Research Assistant (2014 -)
– Hammad Mohammed, Part-time Research Assistant (2014 -)
– Muhammad Yazid Bin Ninsalam, Webmaster (2009 – )


– Hau Sum Ming Sam, Research Assistant (2011 – 2012)
– Saurabh Bhagra, Part-time Research Assistant (2012 – 2013)
– Chua Liang Ping, Part-time Research Assistant (2010-2011)
– Ahana Basu, Part-time Research Assistant, (2010)
– Jonathan Lin, Part-time Research Assistant, (2009-2010)

Studio Participants:

AY2013 – 2014
AY2012 – 2013
AY2011 – 2012
AY2010 – 2011
AY2009 – 2010
AY 2008 – 2009

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