Mette Thomsen: Designing Between Scales
Edgar A. Tafel Lecture Series
Mette Ramsgard Thomsen's research centers on the intersection between architecture and computer science. During the last 15 years her focus has been on the profound changes that digital technologies instigate in the way architecture is thought, designed and built. In 2005 she founded the Centre for IT and Architecture (CITA) research group at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation. During the last 10 years she has successfully built up a strong international group. In 2010 she became full professor in architecture and digital technologies.
In CITA Thomsen has piloted a special research focus on the new digital-material relations that digital technologies bring forth. Investigating advanced computer modelling, digital fabrication, and material specification, CITA has been central in the forming of an international research field examining the changes to material practice in architecture. This has been led by a series of research investigations developing concepts and technologies as well as strategic projects such as the international Digital Crafting Network that fosters interdisciplinary sharing and dissemination of expertise and supports new collaborations in the fields of architecture, engineering and design.