CAADRIA Conference

The CAADRIA conference is an annual conference for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia ( within the Asia Pacific region. Since 1996, its conferences have been held in a wide range of countries including Singapore, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, China, New Zealand and Thailand.

The conference provides an opportunity for teachers, students, researchers, and practitioners to meet each other and learn about the latest research in the field. The proceedings of the conference will be made available both online and in research libraries around the world and will be indexed in CUMINCAD, a cumulative index of publications about computer aided architectural design.

CAADRIA 2021 Paper Selection Committee

Anastasia Globa (University of Sydney) – PSC Chair
Jeroen van Ameijde (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Adam Fingrut (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Nayeon Kim (Yonsei University)
Tian Tian Sky Lo (Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen)


The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) is an independent non-profit academic organization that promotes teaching and research in CAAD in Asia and has members on six continents. CAADRIA was founded in 1996 with the following objectives:

  • To facilitate the dissemination of information about CAAD among Asian schools of architecture, planning, engineering, and building sciences.
  • To encourage the exchange of staff, students, experience, courseware, and software among schools.
  • To identify research and develop needs in CAAD education and to initiate collaboration to satisfy them.
  • To promote research and teaching in CAAD that enhances creativity rather than production.

CAADRIA’s membership is open to individuals, not institutions, and is extended to all who teach or conduct research in computer aided architectural design. It is one of the four founding organizations of the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), published by Multi-Science in both paper and electronic versions, and supervises one issue each year.

Contact Details

Conference Organising Committee:

Paper Selection Committee:

Post-graduate Student Consortium:

Conference Host

School of Architecture,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Lee Shau Kee Architecture Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong S.A.R.

Organising Committee

Kristof Crolla
CAADRIA 2021 Conference Co-Chair
Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong
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Dr. Kristof Crolla is a Belgian architect who combines his architectural practice “Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd.” (LEAD) with a tenured Associate Professorship at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he directs the BASc(Design +) Programme and teaches in the Master of Architecture Programme. He graduated Magna Cum Laude as Civil Architectural Engineer from Ghent University (Belgium), both studied and taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA, London)’s Master of Architecture programme Design Research Laboratory (DRL), and worked for several years as Lead Architect for Zaha Hadid Architects. His doctoral dissertation “Building Simplexity – The ‘More or Less’ of Post-Digital Architecture Practice”, completed at RMIT, Melbourne, was awarded the 2016 RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Research Impact – Higher Degree by Research. Since 2010, Dr. Crolla has been based in Hong Kong, where he focusses on the strategic implementation of computation in architectural design. For this work, he received over thirty international design, research and teaching awards. He is best known for built projects ‘Golden Moon’ (LEAD, Hong Kong, 2012) and ‘ZCB Bamboo Pavilion’ (Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2015), for which he received among others the World Architecture Festival: Small Project of the Year 2016 award.

Adam Fingrut
CAADRIA 2021 Conference Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Adam Fingrut is an Assistant Professor and researcher in architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), with a teaching and research focus on computation, fabrication, and construction systems. His research focuses on understanding how new technology can innovate design, fabrication, and construction methods in architecture, channelled through publications, articles, workshops, installations, and creative construction works such as the Yard of Environmental Sustainability (YES) and the ZCB Bamboo Pavilion. He is also the Co-Director of the Centre of Robotic Construction and Architecture (CRCA) at CUHK, a collaborative research platform with the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering (MAE), which explores the use of advanced design and robotics for innovative architecture. Over the past 15 years, Adam has gained professional experience working with international practices in Hong Kong, China, the US and Canada, most recently with Zaha Hadid Architects and the Laboratory for Exploratory Architecture and Design (LEAD) as Design Director. His practical experience in the Hong Kong construction industry is an integral component of his approach toward teaching and research.

Jeroen van Ameijde
CAADRIA 2021 Conference Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Jeroen van Ameijde is Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, teaching and conducting research in architecture, urban analytics and data-driven design. Before joining CUHK, he taught at the Architectural Association in London, as well as at The Bartlett, UCL, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has over ten years of experience as practicing architect and urban designer, including as a partner and director at Urban Systems Office, where he coordinated the design and development of several large-scale residential, mixed-use and master planning projects. Jeroen’s research interests focus on the intersection between urban studies and urban design, and how the analysis and planning of social, cultural and economic activities can be guided through computational methods for data management and design testing. He explores generative design methodologies to test programmatically complex urban and architectural proposals, as well as urban modelling techniques to speculate on processes of future urban development. He has published and lectured internationally and has taught or coordinated workshops in collaboration with numerous universities. His recent research work includes studies into urban regeneration in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, as well as environment-behaviour, estate planning and placemaking studies related to Hong Kong’s public housing.

Donn Holohan
CAADRIA 2021 Workshops Coordinator
Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong
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Donn Holohan is a designer and architect based in Hong Kong and Ireland. His work is primarily based on the potentials of emerging technology – not only as it relates to the practice of architecture, but also to questions of social and environmental sustainability. A founding partner of multidisciplinary design studio Superposition, he is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Hoi Lam Melody
CAADRIA 2021 Tour Coordinator
Lecturer, Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Melody Hoi-lam Yiu is an urban researcher/designer with a focus on cultural architecture and public space. Trained as an architect and practiced extensively in master planning and urban design, she is also actively involved in cultural development advocacy and research. After obtaining an Executive MSc in Cities at the London School of Economics, Melody is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer at the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Goepel Garvin
CAADRIA 2021 Technical Coordinator
PhD Researcher, Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Garvin Goepel is a PhD researcher at CUHK specializing in Augmented Reality (AR) implementation in fabrication and design processes. He received his Master of Architecture degree with distinction from die Angewandte Studio Greg Lynn. He taught AR and design workshops at multiple international institutions and gained academic experience by researching at CUHK, with Kristof Crolla, focusing on bending active bamboo grid shells and collaborative holographic fabrication techniques. From spring to summer in 2020, he joined the ETH’s Block Research Group.

Lidia Ratoi
CAADRIA 2021 Exhibition Coordinator
Assistant Lecturer, University of Hong Kong
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Lidia Ratoi is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, leading a 2nd year Bachelor studies architecture studio, and working within the Robotic Fabrication Lab, with research focusing on bioplastics, natural materials and ethical use of technology. She has been part of the Reformative Coral Habitats project, which developed robotically printed clay tiles acting as micro-habitats for coral fragments. A gradute of IAAC Barcelona, she is also a writer for CLOT Magazine and previously worked for the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Noumena Barcelona.