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NOTE: On multiple participant request, GVS Ukraine 2019 has been postponed to 7th & 8th October 2019, to concur with ARCHITECTURE OF THE FUTURE Conference, scheduled from 9th to 11th October 2019.

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Global Visiting School Ukraine 2019


Agenda //

Parametric Skyscrapers using [Rhinoceros3D+Grasshopper3D]



After a successful completion of 60+ design workshops worldwide, rat[LAB]EDU (Educational subset of rat[LAB]-Research in Architecture & Technology) is collaboratively organizing GLOBAL VISITING SCHOOL for architecture and spatial design students & professionals focusing on application of Computational Design & Parametric Design. Global Visiting School is a 3-day workshop module in different cities across the world, to impact independent education on Parametric Design and its various subjects through an agenda-specific programme.

Global Visiting School 2019 starts in Ukraine in two cities – Kyiv and Lviv, as a global collaboration between Architecture Of The Future School and rat[LAB]EDUCATION. Architecture Of The Future School firmly believes in creating academic modules to enhance knowledge and competence in the application of new technologies in architectural design with tutors and mentors from the renowned universities and architectural organizations in the world.

AOF School has a clear vision for preparing students for the future that will be embedded with Emerging Design Technologies:


Technologies gradually change everything – the way we live, communicate, plan, work. Technology is changing the world, creating new opportunities for development in any sphere of human life. New technologies are already the foundation for the further development of the sphere of architectural design. And both future of your business and your personal one as a specialist in the architectural sphere depend on how quickly we begin to understand the need for their implementation, development and application.”

rat[LAB]EDUCATION is an initiative by rat[LAB] to start a new discourse in architecture & parallel design disciplines with the use of ‘computational design’ & it’s various subsets. Spread across various cities and countries, rat[LAB]EDU is establishing a global dialogue in the domain of computational design by actively organizing and participating in workshops, lectures, presentations & symposiums.
While rat[LAB] has taken a top-down approach of exploring computational design through industry collaborations, a parallel, bottom-up approach is also in place to involve students of all levels, from design & related backgrounds. rat[LAB]’s educational mission has led to formations of national and international workshops, programmes, discourses and collaborations which has now opened up new avenues of academic exchange. 


// Parametric Skyscrapers

The workshop is designed to cover applications of basic, intermediate and advanced computational design techniques for re-inventing skyscraper design. The 2 day intensive workshop for design students & professionals will delve into computational & parametric methods (using Rhino3D & Grasshopper3D) to create systemic design models for architectural design of skyscraper. Advanced Design Tools such as Environmental Analysis for high-rise buildings will also be integrated in the studio, along with presentation and documentation of the design process.

GVS2019 Ukraine will start in Kyiv & may continue as repetitive workshops and investigate the agenda of Parametric Skyscapers for participants to experience a hands-on experience of correctly using the digital tools through computation and parametric methods.

Studio is designed as a 2-day event in Kyiv comprising of technical tutorials, teaching sessions, design critics, design documentation methods, presentations, submission panel preparations and design exercises culminating in a critical discussion about computational design and its future potentials, pertaining to high-rise developments.


The 2-day studio / workshop shall focus on inculcating the following aspects as a part of syllabus:

  • Parametric & Computational Design Methods

  • Skyscraper Design Tool-set

  • Environmental Analysis (Basics)

  • Façade and Building Skin Design

  • 3D Model optimization

  • 3D visualization 

  • Documentation and Presentation


// Teaching Methodology // Tools

//Studio is structured to teach participants the use of computational techniques through Grasshopper® (Generative modeling plug-in for Rhino®) and ways to integrate it with architectural & structural systems for skyscraper design.

//No previous knowledge of Grasshopper & Rhinoceros is required for these workshops as basic technical knowledge will be provided on Day 1.

//Pre-designed customizable tools will be provided on Day 2 for design explorations & experimentations, pertaining to applications for high-rise buildings.

//The studio is flexible to basic, intermediate & advanced users of computation.

//The workshop is curated in the form of a design studio with collective learning than mere software sessions. Software form a part of the tool-set that is inculcated in the 2-day studio sessions.


// Technical Sessions

Technical sessions will be provided to give an insight to computation, algorithms and parametric design methodologies to students & professionals. The idea of designing parametrically and use of computational methodologies is new to Indian context and has great potentials across various design disciplines. Digital experimentations using computational techniques (primarily Rhino3D + Grasshopper) will initiate the discourse, followed by technical sessions, theoretical discussions and presentations.




// Cities & Dates*

KYIV, Ukraine:  7th & 8th October 2019 (Monday & Tuesday)


*Details of venue and address will be updated soon on workshop website.

// Tutors & Speakers


// Software & skills 

  • Basic 3D modeling skills in any software are preferred (Previous knowledge of Rhino3D is not obligatory).

  • Participants should bring their own laptop with pre-installed software.

NOTE: Grasshopper does not fully function on Rhino for MAC. A windows-enabled laptop is necessary.


// Software Downloads

Rhino 5 (90-day evaluation) can be downloaded for free here.

Rhino 6 (90-day evaluation) can be downloaded for free here.

Grasshopper free-version can be downloaded here.

Additional software & plug-ins will be provided in the workshop.


// Registration Dates

GENERAL REGISTRATION: 15th August to 30th Septemeber 2019 (or till seats last)

All Registrations end few days prior to workshop start date (Or till seats last)

There are limited seats available. (maximum 25)


// Eligibility & Visa Rules

  • Workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals from any part of the world.

  • There are reserved spots for Ukraine citizens and for international participants, respectively.

  • Having an educational background of architecture or similar spatial design stream is a requisite. Basic knowledge of 3D modelling is important for quick learning.

  • All international participants must check visa eligibility rules as per their local embassies and request for necessary documents. Organizers will provide invite letter, registration documents and will assist in securing accommodation to all visiting students.

  • Travel and Accommodation costs are to be borne by each participant themselves, if required.




USD 195 (Inclusive of taxes, platform charges, etc.)

*All registrants during will receive an online course preparation tool-kit and access to video tutorial to prepare for the workshop in advance. An early registration is advisable to block your spot & prepare well for the workshop.


// Schedule



  • Presentations / Lectures on Parametric Design & Computational Thinking

  • Introduction to Rhinoceros 3D – GUI & Basic Use

  • Grasshopper GUI & Basic Functionality

  • Exploration of Patterns, Geometries and Surface Tessellations



  • Patterns & Geometric Explorations - Advanced

  • Releasing of pre-designed tools (Grasshopper scripts) to all participants

  • Functionality of tools for Skyscraper Design

  • Design development (in teams or individual)

  • Advanced Toolkit on Environmental Design



// About rat[LAB] EDUCATION & Studio Head / Tutor

rat[LAB] EDUCATION is an initiative by rat[LAB]-Research in Architecture & Technology ( to start a new discourse in architecture & parallel design disciplines with the use of ‘computational design’ & it’s various subsets. Spread across various cities / countries, we are establishing a global dialogue in the domain of computational design by actively organizing and participating in workshops, lectures, presentations & symposia. While rat[LAB] has taken a top-down approach of exploring computational design through industry, a parallel, bottom-up approach is also in-line to involve students of all levels, from design & related backgrounds.


Sushant Verma

Sushant Jai-Amita Verma is a Design Entrepreneur, Architect, Computational Designer & Educator, currently leading rat[LAB] Studio (Research in Architecture and Technology) ( that investigates intersections of design, art & technology through architecture, interior design and art installations. He holds a Masters Degree in Emergent Technologies & Design from Architectural Association, London and is a former architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, London & a Sr. Editor at Arch2O. He is the founder of rat[LAB] EDUCATION, which is an initiative to spread the idea of computation in design through independently-organized design workshops for profession and academia. Recipient of MAK Schindler Award from Vienna / Los Angeles and a finalist for AIA Emerging Leaders Fellowship from Chicago, his work is widely published and exhibited in London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, Taipei, New Delhi, Mumbai among other places. He has been shortlisted in New Delhi among 5 architects for ’20 under 35’ Exhibition at Alliance Francaise de Delhi, featured as iGen 2017 Top 50 Gen-Next Designers in India, tagged as ‘Rising Star’ by Surfaces Reporter India, among other features. Sushant joined the elite list of TEDx Speakers by speaking at TEDxGurugram on ‘Smart Cities need Smarter Design Education’. His second TEDxTalk was recently given at the prestigious IIT KGP where he inspired the young professionals to pursue their passions in Design & Technology. He was recently selected to be a MentorOfChange for Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) by NITI Aayog (National Institute for Transforming India), a policy think tank by Government of India where he shares his knowledge of design technologies to school students pursuing high school education to inculcate a culture of innovation and R&D in India. He also started and currently heads Smart Labs – India’s first 6-month hybrid programme on Computational Design that blends studio learning and e-learning using a technology-oriented approach. His third TEDxTalk was delivered at IIT Bhubaneswar on Diffusion of Technology in Architecture recently.


// About Architecture Of The Future

Architecture of the Future is the biggest European architecture conference on emerging technologies that will shape the future of AEC industry bringing together architects, engineers, developers, media – all those who seek to change the world through the development of advanced technologies.  It is a 3-day conference for 2000+ attendees with lectures & discussions of recognized architects from all over the world.


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