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 

How can the allied design fields address the wicked problems posed by climate change, pollution, and scarcity of resources? 

Newton leads the Computational Architecture Research Lab (CARL) in the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Computational Architecture Research Lab (CARL) is dedicated to the research and development of technologies that will make for a more environmentally and socially sustainable built environment.

CARL Website: https://www.computationalarchitecturelab.org

Research areas include:

  • Next Generation Design Technologies
  • Spatial Informatics
  • Emerging Architectural Construction Processes
  • Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality


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