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Daniel Cardoso

Daniel Cardoso Llach is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directs the graduate program in Computational Design and directs CODELab. He is the author of multiple publications, exhibitions, and technologies that critically explore the nexus between design and computing.

At CMU, he works in an interdisciplinary manner to mobilize computational methods—in particular, recent advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics—toward architectural issues such as spatial analysis, technologies in support of construction, and the study of architectural heritage. In 2021 he was named a Pennsylvania Manufacturing Fellow and received an award from the Google A+ML (Artists + Machine Intelligence) program for leading research on the development of a prototype robotic system to support construction workers. His research has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Mellon-funded EaaSI project at Yale, the Manufacturing Futures Institute, and Autodesk, among others. 

He is the author of the books Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design (Routledge 2015), and Designing the Computational Image, Imagining Computational Design (forthcoming this fall, with Theodora Vardouli), as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal ACSA TAD and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Daniel earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Architecture: Design and Computing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a professional degree in architecture from the Universidad de los Andes.

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