Computational design

ADA students working with collaborative robot.

What is computational design?

Computational design uses digital technologies to enhance and optimise design processes. Through algorithms and cutting-edge technologies computational designers develop creative, technical and aesthetic solutions to solve challenges of the 21st century.

Why study computational design at UNSW?

When you study Computational Design at UNSW, you’ll learn to approach challenges differently through design-thinking. You’ll gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies, including 3D modelling, digital geometry and parametric design, responsive environments, AR and VR, and robotic and digital fabrication using 3D printers and laser cutters. 

Through design thinking and computational design theory, you’ll hone critical-thinking and communication skills to create inclusive designs for diverse contexts. As part of our supportive Arts, Design & Architecture community, you’ll be encouraged to collaborate across disciplines, gain professional experience, and take advantage of programs that support entrepreneurship and innovation. You’ll have the opportunity to work on real-life projects set by UNSW’s partners in the built-environment, architecture and design industries such as Cox, Arup, Hassell, BVN, Bates Smart, PTW Architects, Grimshaw, Mott McDonald, Architectus and Aurecon.

Careers in computational design

Working at the intersection of design and technology, computational designers are in-demand. Your skills and ways of thinking will set you up for exciting career paths that move with the digital future. Careers in computational design include: 

  • Architectural and urban design specialist
  • Software solutions developer
  • Smart cities consultant
  • Urban data analyst
  • Design technology manager
  • Digital fabrication and smart-manufacturing specialist
  • Gaming environment developer
  • Building information model implementer