Ali Farzaneh is a designer and architect based in the USA. He attained his PhD in Architectural Design at the Architectural Association (AA) in London. He has worked at Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna and SOM in Washington DC. He co-directed the AA Aarhus Visiting School in Denmark, researching the implications of digital fabrication tools and robotic manufacturing in design and their use in realising complex geometries. He is now co-director of the AA-NYC Visiting school in New York City.
His research titled “Computational Morphogenesis of City Tissues” derived bottom-up models from the study of complex biological systems that could be applied for the generation of new spatial and morphological models in design. Data-structures were structured similar to the DNA of living organisms to carry all properties of a given object. By breeding data, digital objects are manifested, differentiated and speciated. Their collection follows principles of evolutionary development and analysis for performance and applied at the urban scale.