Wired Shortcuts V1.0
Wired Shortcuts V1.0
Grasshopper 3D is a powerful Rhinoceros plug-in which enables parametric design in Rhino by way of visual programming. In this short course we will discover the advantages of parametric software and its ability to cut daily repetitive tasks and limitations out of the design process. All buildings have rules, by defining these rules within the computer as limitations we are able to work within them without worrying about breaking them. These repetitive tasks include complex façade systems, stairs, building column grids, area calculations, correlation between assembly, building codes, site limitations, and many other mundane tasks required in the design process. By having the computer keep track of these things, the designer is free to concentrate solely on the subjective decision making in architectural design while having the parametric system inform the designer of the limitations, correcting the design to work within the system. In this way, parametric design allows us to adjust parameters to rapidly iterate the design within the defined set of rules. These parameters have a state of explicit history in which design decisions in the past can be adjusted and the effects will automatically update the design processes made in the future, within the defined system limits. This course will provide you with an overview of grasshopper 3D and a potential starting point into parametric design thinking. The thinking in which a designer defines a system of limits to work within rather than directly executing a final manual design.
  • Intro to Grasshopper 3d
  • Intro to parametric design thinking
  • Parametric design shortcuts for architectural modeling
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
  • Grasshopper 3d 
Wired Shortcuts V1.0 will take place on 11 November, 2017.
The workshop will take place from 9:00 to 18:00 at the AIA Quad conference 2017 in Albany, NY.
For attending this intensive course there is no previous software experience required.
Participants need to bring their own laptops or workstations.
The workshop is only open to AIA Quad conference 2017 attendants.



Wired Shortcuts V1.0
Michael Pryor 
Design Director @ DesignMorphine
Designer @ Trahan Architects
Michael Pryor is a NYC based architectural and computational designer involved in various major built or in construction works in the US, China, Dubai, and Lebanon and is currently a Designer at Trahan Architects and Design Director for DesignMorphine. In the past, he has worked at SOMA Architects, OLI Architecture, and [AY] Architecture on a range of architectural design projects ranging from museums, housing, restaurants, furniture, products, and prototypes. He was granted The New York Society of Architects Matthew W. Del Gaudio award for excellence in total design upon graduation. Additionally, Michael is the founder of the grasshopper blog [FORMul[a]RCH] and avid grasshopper3d.com forum aide. He has been the tutor to multiple design and parametric design workshops organized by Rese.Arch, 3D-Dreaming, the AA visiting school Paris with [Ay] Studio, MIT, Open Styles Lab, Harvard GSD, and DesignMorphine. He is also the author of the Pufferfish Grasshopper plug-in.

Albany Capital Center, Albany, New York