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Shajay is an Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects(ZHA) where he heads the research activities of the Zaha Hadid Computation and Design (CODE) group that he co-founded with Patrik Schumacher and Nils Fischer. He also works as a studio master at the Design Research Laboratory Master’s program at the Architectural Association (AA), London. He pursues his research in structure and fabrication aware architectural geometry as a PhD Candidate at the Block Research Group, ETH Zurich. Previously, he has worked at Populous, London and completed his M.Phil from the University of Bath and M. Arch from the AA School of Architecture, London.
His current interests & responsibilities include developing design-research and maintaining computational platforms for the same at ZHA. He has taught and presented work at various professional and academic events and institutions including ACADIA ‘17, IABSE ‘17, Tensinet ’16 and ‘13, AAG ‘16, simAud ’15,‘14 and ‘10, Designers Gallery AU ’11, Design computation symposium AU ‘10 , Siggraph ‘08, ETH Zurich, Yale School of architecture and Universities of Applied Arts Vienna and experimental architecture Innsbruck, CITA Copenhagen, IAAC Barcelona, Tongji University Shanghai etc.
Zaha Hadid Computation and Design group (ZHCODE) endeavours to develop early-design methods that enable a directed search for physically, economically and ergonomically feasible solutions within a vast universe of architectural possibilities enabled by digital design and construction methods. ZHCODE distributes its activities between research, contributions to commercial projects, technological incubation of novel supporting architectural services, communication and dissemination of design discourse and research, and development of a dense collaborative research network and in-house expertise. Continued efforts in these directions heighten the possibility of computational technologies to the rapidly expand, evolve the accrued cultural knowledge of design and construction and ultimately improve our abilities to solve architectural problems. This includes providing social and cultural value-propositions to digital architecture in its second ‘turn’.
The presentation will give an overview of the transfer of design-research from unique, large-scale projects such as the Forest Green Rangers stadium to solutions for contemporary urban living in dense centres of cosmopolitan cities such as London. The presentation will focus particularly on the coupling of advancement in digital design and fabrication of timber, with its re-emerging potential for application for urban housing.