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 from 2015-2017 with a focused on the implications of digital fabrication tools and robotic manufacturing in design and their use in realising complex geometries.
His research titled “Computational Morphogenesis of City Tissues” examined how principles of biological morphogenesis can inform organisational models for spatial formation. The structuring of information as data-structures were used to generate and evolve physical forms in the computational environment. By breeding data, digital objects are manifested, differentiated and speciated. Generated as populations, the objects undergo principles of evolutionary development and analysis for performance and applied at the urban scale. These bottom-up models derived from biology can be used to generate a set of new spatial and morphological forms that are analysed in real time and respond to internal and external factors. He is now co-director of the AA-NYC Visiting School where some of these methodologies will be taught.