David Newton

David Newton

Assistant Professor of Architecture

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M.Sc. Computer Science, McGill University, 2017

M.Arch, Rice University, 2006

B.S.Arch, Arizona State University, 2001

Assistant Professor Newton is educated both as an architect and a computer scientist. This unique background informs a research and teaching agenda that is cross-disciplinary in nature. This approach has enabled Professor Newton to research issues that straddle both disciplines and to collaborate with partners in both fields to address problems that might otherwise be inaccessible to the field of architecture.

Newton’s work on computation and architectural design has been published by AD Magazine, the Architectural Association (AA), Rice University, Actar, and Routledge. Newton has been the invited speaker on computation and architecture at multiple institutions, including the University of British Columbia, Université du Québec à Montréal, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, McGill University, and the University of Minnesota.

Prior to joining the UNL in 2017, Professor Newton taught at McGill University. He has been involved in teaching cross-disciplinary courses collaboratively with colleagues in computer science and electrical engineering, and has held leadership positions in multiple academic institutions related to the development of curricula related to technology and design. In addition, he worked professionally with the office of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Areas of Interest

Professor Newton’s research agenda explores the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning frameworks to the field of architecture. Specific research areas include the research and development of next generation computer-aided design tools, design interfaces, fabrication processes, and intelligent environments. The central goal of the research is to contribute knowledge and develop technologies that will make for a more environmentally and socially sustainable built environment, while pushing the boundaries of architectural research beyond its current disciplinary boundaries and paradigms.


Canadian Architect Magazine. "Digital Provocations: A Review of the Archeology of the Digital Exhibit at the CCA." Printed in August 2014 issue.

“Performative Landscapes” project published in:
White, M., and M. Przybylski. "On Farming: Bracket 1." (2010).

“Metapatch” project is published in:
Hensel, Michael U., ed. Versatility and vicissitude: performance in morpho-ecological design. Wiley, 2008.

Menges, Achim, and Michael Weinstock. Techniques and technologies in morphogenetic design. Ed. Michael Hensel. London: Wiley-Academy, 2006.

Hensel, Michael, and Achim Menges, eds. Morpho-ecologies. Architectural Association, 2006.