Informative Archetypes V3.0

As it is becoming increasingly more evident that the level of competition in the AEC industry is demanding for better consolidation of data and geometry through custom workflows, INFORMATIVE ARCHETYPES V3.0 proposes an integrative design workshop with a focus on BIM, interoperability and computational design with the end goal of designing a pavilion. Students will be conceptualizing an installation in the City Garden Park in the city of Sofia, Bulgaria.  Throughout the workshop the participants will get familiarized with the BIM tools that enable them to design parametric systems and generate forms based on physical constraints.

The workshop will take off from defining the design intent, controlling and optimizing geometrical challenges in Rhino/Grasshopper and proceed further to making self-aware BIM Families in Revit/Dynamo using intelligent parameters and slide all the way through integrating them as elements to assemble the final geometry.

Teaming. Teaming is based on “families” made by each participant. Further, teams will devise a spatial concept – a theme regarding their combined chosen design factors. A team’s theme will consist of logical cores – the previously chosen factors – and will be used as a guideline and purpose of the design.

Informed Geometry. By controlling family atributes, the team’s chosen parameters can be used to derive an overall geometrical concept. 


Participants will be exposed to an atmosphere of exploration on various workflows and on the aesthetic potential of such design processes and learn to present their work in an intriguing graphical manner, in addition they will be presented information on how to have good control and management of data while extracting relevant information from their model.

BIM design techniques

Participants will be introduced to BIM, learn how BIM can be integrated with external references, its advantages compared to other computer-aided design methods.

Participants will be provided with a 3D model of the site and learn how to extract and use site-specific data to control form and family parameters.

Parameterizing a BIM system

Setting on baseline geometry and conditions of site, participants will further elaborate into BIM-specific workflows utilizing parameters and nested families. Procedural control of Revit families through Dynamo would allow highly responsive and informed system.

Geometry optimization and interoperability

In an effort to safeguard the design intent while also factoring in the advantages of a collaborative environment and production pipeline, data management and proper geometry control and optimization is key. Students will be presented information on how to develop geometry and structure the flow of data between the main two platforms used throughout the workshop.

  • Grasshopper intro and best practices
  • Dynamo intro and best practices
  • Revit/Rhino interoperability (geometry + data)
  • Manipulation of parametric families
  • Extended parametrically driven BIM modeling using Dynamo
  • Advanced scheduling of populated geometry
  • Graphical presentation techniques in Revit
  • Additional visualization methods
Each Participant should provide their own computer with the following software installed. If you do not have a software, trial versions can be found on each software company’s website. We will send participants links to the required software, trials, and plug-ins for download. Please have the software installed prior to workshop start. If you have issues installing software, we may be able to help you during the workshop.
  • Autodesk Revit (Latest version)
  • Dynamo for Revit (Latest version)
  • McNeel Rhinoceros 6 + Grasshopper 
  • Enscape for Revit
  • Adobe Suite (Photoshop/Illustrator)
INFORMATIVE ARCHETYPES V3.0 will expand from 16 July – 21 July 2019.
Daily meetings will take place from 10:00 to 18:00 at the Union of the Architects in Krakra 11 str. Sofia, Bulgaria.
Participants will first work individually and then be combined into groups.
There will be a final presentation of your groups work containing renderings and diagrams on 21st of July 2019.
All projects will be published on DesignMorphine’s web page.
All participants who complete the workshop will receive a certificate of completion.
For attending the workshop there is no previous software experience required.
Participants need to bring their own laptops or workstations.
Please note that places are very limited on a first pay first serve basis!



Informative Archetypes V3.0
Arek Keshishian
Associate @ DesignMorphine
Founder & CEO @ Skillshop
Arek is an architect, digital craft and advanced geometry enthusiast, BIM specialist, consultant, teacher. Having taught more than 600 people so far, his organization, Skillshop is considered to be the most advanced architectural design training center in Armenia. He enjoys constant exploration of new mindsets in design, which lead him to learn a diverse set of software that he has the passion for sharing them with others. He is the author of various computationally designed projects, including two wave-walls and a tensile ceiling. Teaching highlights include Informative Archetypes V1.0 and V2.0, Dynamic Mutations V4.0 with Design Morphine. Implicit Aesthetics workshop with TUMO. Revit Pro Course @ Skillshop.
Informative Archetypes V3.0
Andrei PAdure
RomaniaMember @ DesignMorphine
Founder @ DigitalMatters
Computational Designer @ Zaha Hadid Architects
With a background in architecture, Andrei is interested in having a better understanding and impact on the built environment through the use of computation. Andrei believes the tools that we use frame our perception of the world, in consequence Andrei is focused on developing and customizing tools in an effort to address two problem solving challenges: better understanding of input information and enhanced capacity of constructing and evaluating the solution space. In 2013 Andrei founded DigitalMatters as an education platform and collaborated since, as a guest tutor, with other entities such as: en{coded} fields, rese-arch Bratislava, eduKube Timisoara, 3D-Dreaming Vienna. In addition to tutoring, Andrei has also been involved in projects that comprise of various pavilions/installations and consultancy studies that benefit from the use of parametric design through Rhino/Grasshopper or Revit/Dynamo. He also taught the Generative Morphologies V3.0 workshop.



Union of Architects in Bulgaria, Sofia, Krakra 11 Str.

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