Milad Showkatbakhsh

Milad is a self-motivated and contributing architect, designer and researcher. He holds BSc. In Architectural Engineering from Shahid Beheshti university, school of architecture in Tehran, Iran, and Master of Architecture from Pratt institute school of architecture in New York, U.S.A. where he graduated with Sidney Katz award for design excellence in 2015. On January 2017 Milad joined Architectural Association school of architecture to pursue a practice-led studio-based Ph.D. AD with Dr. Michael Weinstock. He is interested in computational and algorithmic strategies in architectural design process.
He was involved in many computational research projects which culminated as research papers, posters and fabricated pavilions in Tehran and New York since 2008. He has been actively involved in teaching new techniques and computational strategies in Pratt institute where he was a graduate teaching assistant for advance computational courses and design studios.
In the industry, He has been working in since 2008 and collaborated with several different offices in Tehran, New York, Washington, Shanghai. In 2015 he moved to Shanghai, China to work as a project lead for contemporary architecture practice (CAP): Ali Rahim and Hina Jamelle where he worked and led several different architectural projects from interior to master plans.

Vertical Urban Growth

Supervisor: Dr Michael Weinstock, Dr George Jeronimidis

Due to the current unpredictable climatic conditions and immense demands of societies, a city which can adapt, self-organize and maintain its stability through perturbations caused by internal (society) and external (environment) stimuli is a prerequisite to humans’ survival in future. Species throughout the course of evolution have developed processes ensuring their survival and adaptation to the external environmental changes. Homeostasis is the main driving force of any singular, multicellular or even collective organisms to maintain their vital parameters at a steady state. This research examines the potential of homeostatic principles, and their connection to growth and development in natural systems, to inform the design of singular and collective architectural assemblies across a range of scales. Homeostasis is the term for the biological processes by which individual beings and collectives maintain equilibrium in their environment, and there is a wide range of morphological and behavioral traits across multiple species. Examine and reflecting on the interrelations of forms, processes, and behaviors can yield useful strategies for architectural design processes that require significant environmental performance enhancements. Although biomimicry has been established for many decades, and has made significant contributions to engineering and architecture, homeostasis has rarely been part of this field of research. The ambition of this research is to abstract principles of homeostasis, growth, and development of natural systems, to define and develop those principles through experiments to produce a computational design engine to generate testable mathematical models with specified degree of mutability, or adaptation to differing circumstances or environments, together with an expository conceptual and computationally simulated design, evaluations and principles of implementation.