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Dr John Harding

John Harding 2018
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  • Lecturer in Architecture
  • Module Convenor: AA3SCA Construction Technology: Integration and AAMAT Architectural Technologies 

Areas of interest

  • Computational/parametric design
  • Architectural structures
  • Machine learning/artificial intelligence (AI) in architecture
  • Evolutionary design.

Academic qualifications

  • 2017 – PGCert. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Distinction). Includes HEA Fellowship
  • 2015  EngD, The University of Bath and Ramboll UK. Thesis title: 'Meta-Parametric Design'
  • 2011  BA (Hons) Mathematics, The Open University, UK
  • 2008  MSc Architecture: Computing and Design, University of East London, UK
  • 2002  BSc (Hons) General Architectural Studies, University of Bath, UK.

Selected publications

  • Harding, J. and Brandt-Olsen, C. (2018) Biomorpher: Interactive Evolution for Parametric Design. In: International Journal of Architectural Computing
  • Heinrich, M.K., Zahadat, P., Harding, K. et al. (2018) Using Interactive Evolution to Design Behaviours for Non-deterministic Self-organized Construction. In: Proceedings of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) 2018
  • Harding J., Hills, S., Brandt-Olsen, C. and Melville, S. (2017) The UWE research pavilion. In: Bögle, A. and Grohmann, M., M. ed, eds. Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2017, Hamburg, 2017, Hamburg, Germany 25-28 September 2017.
  • Harding, J. and Shepherd, P. (2017) Meta-parametric design. Design Studies 52. pp. 73-95
  • Melville, S., Brandt-Olsen, C., and Harding, J. (2017) Calibrated modelling of form-active structures. IABSE Symposium Report 108(1) pp.155-156.
  • Harding, J. (2016) Evolving parametric models using genetic programming with artificial selection. In: Proceedings of the 34th eCAADe Conference, 2016, Oulu, Finland, 22-26 August 2016., pp. 423-432
  • Harding, J. (2016) Dimensionality reduction for parametric design exploration. In: Adriaenssens, S., Gramazio, F., Kohler, M., Menges, A., and Pauly, M. eds. (2016) Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016. Zurich, Switzerland: vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zurich, pp. 274-287
  • Harding, J. Nielsen, K., Pearson, W. and Gmachl, M. (2015) Engineering Archilace. In: Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015, Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, August 17-3- 2015.
  • Harding, J. (2014) Meta-parametric design: Developing a computational approach for early stage collaborative practice. EngD thesis, University of Bath.
  • Harding, J., Joyce, S., Shepherd, P., and Williams, C. (2013) Thinking Topologically at Early Stage Parametric Design. In Hesselgren, L., Sharma, S., Wallner. J., Baldassini, N., Bompas, P. and Raynaud, J., eds (2013) Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012. Springer, pp. 67-76.

Career path

2018–present: University of Reading, UK (Lecturer in Architecture)

2015–2018: The University of the West of England (UWE), UK (Senior Lecturer in Architecture)

2013–2015: Ramboll UK, formally Whitbybird (Principle Engineer)

2013–2014: The University of Nottingham, UK (Visiting Lecturer)

2012–2013: The University of East London (UEL), UK (Visiting Lecturer)

2006–2009: Whitbybird Engineers, London, UK (Bridge Designer)

2003–2006: CPMG Architects, Nottingham, UK (Architectural Assistant)

2002–2003: Bennetts Associates Architects, London, UK (Architectural Assistant)