Vertical Variables V2.0
Vertical Variables V2.0

VERTICAL VARIABLES 2.0 is a workshop supported by the Union of the Architects in Bulgaria that will focus on the applications of various computational strategies in the design of high rise buildings. As a new architectural paradigm emerges with the development of the new technologies, parametric tools are becoming more essential and particularly applicable for the modern skyscraper design. In this regard, the participants will be introduced to computational design techniques which will lead to form finding and optimization through various parameters. This approach enables designers and architects to overcome the imposition of a prefixed form and thus discover and create more compelling and enhanced designs. The goal of the workshop is for the participants to have a final result – skyscraper designs in Sofia. In order to get as close as possible to the real issues, participants will be provided with а layout of the latest urban plans for a high – rise building area in the city – in the north – western part of Liulin district. Our collaboration with the Union of the Architects aims to face all the challenges regarding the future skyscraper designs in Sofia. The results of the workshop will be strongly anticipated by the architectural and academic community in the capital.


The workshop will begin with introduction to Rhino 3D and Grasshopper which are going to be the main tools to carry out studies of the final design. Participants will be guided through the writing of parametric definitions in Grasshopper and the applications of various plug-ins for it. For the purpose of the workshop the students will be provided with an actual site in Sofia where all the designs are going to be located in correlation to each other. Based on this site, a solar analysis with Ladybug will be performed in order to optimize building location and height. The process will also go through form behavior analysis and form finding strategies, paneling techniques and optimization of various parameters. Participants will be divided into teams to develop their own projects with the support of the tutors and assistants. 3D printing tutorials and printers on site will also be provided for all experimental purposes. 

  • Introduction to Rhino,
  • Algorithmic design and geometry with Grasshopper
  • Solar analysis with Ladybug
  • Mesh editing with Weaverbird, Mesh+, Lunchbox and other
  • KeyShot renderings


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.
  • Rhinoceros 5.0
  • Grasshopper (Plugins: Kangaroo, WeaverBird, Lunchbox, FabTools, MeshTools, Pufferfish)
  • Ladybug
  • Keyshot
  • Adobe Creative Suite


Vertical Variables V2.0 will expand from 24 February – 01 March 2018.
Daily meetings will take place from 10:00 to 18:00 at the the Union of the Architects in Bulgaria, 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 01 March 2018.
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 and intensive courses 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!



Vertical Variables V2.0
Radul Shishkov
Associate @ DesignMorphine
Associate @ Architecture Construction Association
PhD Student @ UACEG
MArch Interior Design UACEG
Radul is currently working on his PhD thesis concerning applications of the parametric design in interior spaces. He has completed with Honors his master’s degree in Architecture in the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, in 2013, Department of Interior Architecture and Design. He has been actively practicing as an architect, designing and realizing various projects such as restaurants, TV studios, office and residential buildings. Since 2014 until present, Radul participated in Design Morphine’s workshop Generative Morphologies V1.0, assisted the workshops Generative Morphologies V2.0 and Intelligent Tectonics V1.0, and tutored the workshops Computations Matters V1.0, Vertical Variables V1.0, and Algorithmic Accessories V1.0 . His project “Evolution of the square” was published and exhibited as part of The City Exhibition 2014 which took place on Blv. Vitosha, Sofia.
Vertical Variables V2.0
Georgi  Kunchev
Associate @ DesignMorphine
Principal @ Stephen George International
MArch History & Theory UACEG
Georgi Kunchev is currently working as a Principal Architect at Stephen George International. He was part of the visualizations team CGI Source focused on architectural visualizations and marketing images for some of the biggest UK architectural studios. He graduated from the UACEG, Sofia, with a Master’s degree from the Department of History and Theory of Architecture in 2013. With a team of colleagues from Atelier 3, Georgi won the First Prize Award for the Plovdiv Palace of Couture. They also participated in the competitions for the National Exhibition Centre in Sofia, the Plovdiv central square, the Bologna shoah memorial and the Preston bus station. Georgi also took part in the Generative Morphologies Workshop 2014 with an interpretation of Buckminster Fuller’s Jitterbug. Moreover, he contributed in HyperCell’s Final Project Presentation at the AADRL.




Vertical Variables V2.0
Zlatko Yanakiev
Member @ DesignMorphine
Zlatko has been involved with DesignMorphine for some time now and has assisted at several workshops. He has been a tutor for Grasshopper in a digital fabrication workshop. He was teaching first year students about the principles behind computational design during an UACEG practice. He has substantial experience with digital fabrication (Laser Cutters and 3D printers). He has participated and won multiple competitions. His projects are focused on exploring the computational design methods and the ways of optimizing workflow and workload automation. His interests involve kinetic structures, creating active environments and data analysis. His passion is finding real-life material solutions for ideas and abstract concepts.
Vertical Variables V2.0
Desislava Chusheva
Desislava is currently a 4th year student at the faculty of Architecture at University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia. There she has led several student-organized seminars for parametric design. Desislava won 3th place award at the “Architectural Structures” competition 2017. She has also won the Baumit student scholarship. She has been a participant in Computation Matters V1.0, Intelligent Tectonics V1.0, Correlated Intricacies V1.0 and Informative Architypes V1.0. Her experience includes realized projects like ceilings and pavilions while working in studio GRID. She is currently working at CAST Studio.

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