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20.13-Computational Design Thinking

14 – 26 December, 2020

Online Workshop | Santdeep Gill

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM IST (GMT + 5:30)

Registration ends:13 December, 2020

For Indian Nationals : Rs 7,500/- For Others: $140/-

All Registered students can avail Special Discounts by emailing

Batch Size : 20

Design is a complex amalgamation of order and chaos.

The aim of this studio-based workshop shall be to help develop the thought process that enables one to approach the design intangibles with a logical mindset.

It has been designed to equip designers- students and professionals to develop an understanding of algorithm-based design. Few of the vast applications of this approach shall be explored to help recognize what goes into this process, what tools can be used, what are its application domains and parametrically controlling each of these. This approach is fit to use both professionally in the practical field as well as for research as a student or academician.

Brief outline of the Workshop

Day 1:

Introduction to grasshopper: Grasshopper as a visual scripting tool, setting up rhino, understanding the grasshopper interface with an overview of the components. Math functions, curve operations.


Day 2:

Introduction to grasshopper: Surface and mesh operations, Geometry Transformations and data trees.


Day 3:

Understanding algorithms: Decoding through pseudocode development.


Day 4:

Scripting using pseudocode. Understanding algorithms through application-based criteria.


Day 5: 

Form finding: Understanding form finding through geometric manipulation at architectural, Interior and product scale. 


Day 6:

Visual texturing: Surface manipulation and pattern generation 

Visualization and rendering of outputs.(Using grasshopper components and/or Rhino rendering engine.)

Day 7:

Fabrication: designing and preparation for fabrication through splicing, unroll, contours etc.


Day 8:

Research and Development: Understanding parameter manipulation through iterative Algorithms 


Day 9:

Analysis: Understanding evaluation and fitness criteria, Environmental analysis including daylight factor, radiation and sky view factor using ladybug, Space analysis using space syntax.


Day 10:

Studio problem: Introduction and development of design brief and concept.

Design brief: A site and/or a building is provided. Participants select any space/element (Site, façade, an interior element) within this and develop a design based on the client brief. Each submission needs to address 1 or more of these criteria (Fabrication, analysis or research) in addition to form finding.


Day 11:

Studio problem: Scripting


Day 12:

Studio problem: Scripting


Day 13:

Studio problem: Presentations


Santdeep Gill

Santdeep is the project lead at Hexagramm Design Pvt. Ltd. heading the parametric design work in the studio for Origami artist Ankon Mitra where she has worked on several prestigious art installations and design projects from pavilions to products including ‘The song of the Earth and the Sky’- the landscape garden pavilion, ‘Our time in the Sun’ – the DNA helix sundial, The Silk Swirl- tissue silk origami chandeliers amongst others. She has completed her B.Arch from Chandigarh college of Architecture and went on further to pursue her masters in computational design from CEPT university , India.

Session timings (IST - GMT+5:30)

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM IST (GMT + 5:30)


Architecture/Design students, Young professionals

Pre Requisites

No prior knowledge of Grasshopper is required. Laptops with working Rhino V5 or later along with grasshopper plugin installed before the sessions is mandatory. No installation issues shall be taken up once the workshop has begun.

Key Dates

Workshop Dates: 14 – 26 December, 2020
Last Date to Register is 13 December, 2020

Registration Fees

For Indian Nationals : Rs 7,500/-
For Others: $140/-

All Registered students can avail Special Discounts by emailing

For any queries, questions or suggestions, please contact us at or +91 9879001860 (whatsapp only)

Note: The workshop has limited seats, based on first come first serve basis.


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