Analytics via Computational Design

Improve building performance through computational analysis thinking and tools.


Conventionally, architects rely on their intuition and experience to determine building performance. This high-risk way of working must stop. Instead of relying on intuition, we must evaluate and improve our designs through computational analysis. In this course, you will learn from building performance experts how they use computational analysis thinking and tools to improve building performance.

This session was recorded at the 2020 Building Connections Congress, an AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community event.

Learning objectives

  • Understand what computational analysis and design tools are, and how they can improve the design process.
  • Identify opportunities to apply computational thinking and tools to improve building performance.
  • Have a deeper understanding of building performance by using advanced tools, and incorporating results to improve designs.
  • Know where to focus design efforts to improve building performance using computational tools.

Building Connections Congress

In the ever-changing whirlwind of modern technology, there is certainly no shortage of options to choose from. We are constantly presented with the latest tools for innovation⁠—each with a specific purpose. However, at the core of design practice and managing the built environment, how can industry leaders distinguish which of these tools are transformative and which are simply hype? From changing workflows and driving innovation to improving productivity and increasing profits, the technologies we utilize have the capacity to create waves of change within our industries and beyond. On January 13, colleagues and industry leaders came together to discuss differing perspectives on how automation, augmented decision making, design analysis, and computational design will impact the future of practice, and our industry.

The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community (TAP) serves as a resource for AIA members, the profession, and the public in the deployment of computer technology in the practice of architecture. TAP leaders monitor the development of computer technology and its impact on architecture practice and the entire building life cycle, including design, construction, facility management, and retirement or reuse. Learn more and join TAP at

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  • Andrea Love Headshot

    Andrea Love


    Principal and Director of Building Science | Payette


    Andrea Love is a Principal and the Director of Building Science at Payette, the 2019 AIA Firm Award...
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    Z Smith


    Principal and Director of Sustainability and Building Performance / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

    Z Smith is Principal and Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple...