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Research Expertise and Interest

design computation, architectural representation, design methods, Generative AI, artificial intelligence, creativity, ideation and creativity

Research Description

Kyle Steinfeld makes, writes, and teaches about computational design as a cultural practice. An Associate Professor of Architecture, Kyle aims to reveal the overlooked capacities of architectural computation through related practices of creative work, scholarly writing, and digital tool-making. Across these media, his work undermines the imperative voice so often bestowed upon semi-autonomous processes, and seeks to set in its place a plurality of alternative voices.

His creative work applies techniques drawn from artificial intelligence to architectural design, and has been exhibited at the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, at the NeurIPS workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design, and has been written about broadly.

In his scholarly writing, he seeks to illuminate the dynamic relationship between the creative practice of design and computational design methods, thereby enabling a more inventive, informed, responsive, and responsible practice of architecture. He authored the first chapter of The Routledge Companion to Artificial Intelligence in Architecture, and is an author of "Geometric Computation: Foundations for Design", a foundational text that demystifies computational geometry for an audience of architecture students and design professionals.

As an educator, Kyle has instructed core courses in design, architectural representation, and design computation for more than twenty years. His leadership roles in the College of Environmental Design have included serving as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and as the Associate Director of the Master of Design program.

As a professional architect, Kyle worked with a number of design firms, including Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Acconci Studio, Kohn Petersen Fox Associates, Howler/Yoon, Diller Scofidio Renfro, and TEN Arquitectos. Kyle holds a Masters of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Bachelor's Degree in Design from the University of Florida (UF).

He is a Fellow at Stochastic Labs, an Autodesk IDEAs fellow, and a Hellman Fellow.

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