Humanizing Architectural Automation: A Case Study in Office Layouts

  • Andrew HeumannEmail author
  • Daniel Davis
Conference paper


Despite a long history of research into intelligent algorithms for performing architectural layout tasks, automation has yet to achieve broad adoption in real-world architectural practice. This paper describes an approach to developing practical and useful automated software tools for designers, demonstrated through the case study of an application for streamlining the layout of private offices in a collaborative workplace. The approach described emphasizes involving designers in preparatory research for development, to ensure that automated tools work well with designers’ existing workflows and align with their conceptual models of the layout process.


Conceptual design Design automation Floorplan Architectural design Office layout 



This research was supported and funded by WeWork. Thank you to Carl Anderson and Carlo Bailey for the prior work that this paper builds upon.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WeWorkNew YorkUSA

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