David Newton

David Newton

David Newton

Assistant Professor of Architecture

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M.Sc. Computer Science, McGill University, 2018

M.Arch, Rice University, 2006

B.S.Arch, Arizona State University, 2001

Professor Newton is educated in the fields of architecture and computer science. This background informs a research and teaching agenda that is cross-disciplinary in nature, and enables research of issues that straddle both disciplines and might otherwise be inaccessible to the field of architecture.

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

Research Areas 

Professor Newton’s research agenda explores the application of artificial intelligence frameworks to the field of architecture. The research aims to contribute knowledge and develop technologies that will make for a more environmentally and sustainable built environment.

Research areas include:
• The development of next generation computer-aided design tools
• Optimization and performance-driven design
• Smart environments
• Robotic fabrication processes


Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Newton, David William. “Accommodating Change and Open-Ended Search in Design Optimization: Dynamic Interactive Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms for Architectural Design.” Computer Aided Architectural Design in Asia 2018 Conference Proceedings.

Newton, David William. "Multi-Objective Qualitative Optimization (MOQO) in Architectural Design." Computing for a Better Tomorrow: Proceedings of the Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe). 2018. Print.

(forthcoming) Newton, David William. "Balancing Act: Techniques and Technologies for Managing Multiple-Objective Problems in a Comprehensive Studio Context." Play with the Rules: Proceedings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Fall Conference. 2018. Print.


Newton, David William. "Digital Provocations: A Review of the Archeology of the Digital Exhibit at the CCA." Canadian Architect Magazine. August 2014 issue.

Design Work Featured in Books

Performative landscapes project featured in:
• Future Arquitecturas Magazine, 2009, pp. 30-31.
• White, Mason, and Maya Przybylski. On Farming. ACTAR Publishers, 2010. pp. 225-232. Print.
Meta Patch project featured in:
• Hensel, Michael, and Achim Menges. Morpho-Ecologies. Architectural Association, 2006. pp. 184-195. Print.
• Hensel, Michael, Achim Menges, and Michael Weinstock. Techniques and Technologies in Morphogenetic Design (Architectural Design March April 2006 Vol. 76 No. 2). (2006). Print.
• Hensel, Michael U. Versatility and Vicissitude: Performance in Morpho-Ecological Design. Wiley, 2008. pp. 52. Print.
• Kolarevic, Branko, and Kevin Klinger. Manufacturing Material Effects: Rethinking Design and Making in Architecture. Routledge, 2013. pp. 200. Print. Tactile Spectrum project featured in:
• Bulman, Luke; Young Jessica, ed. Everything Must Move: 15 Years at Rice School of Architecture 1994-2009. Houston, TX: Rice University, 2009. pp 150. Print