PROJECT OPTARCH - Optimization Driven Architectural Design of Structures
The project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 689983
Development of cheaper, more efficient, safer and environmentally friendly structures
Collaboration and exchange of knowledge between the partners
Use of topology optimization techniques in computer-aided architectural design
The principal aim of OptArch project is to create and test methodologies for the application of optimization techniques in different design phases of civil structures by developing strong synergies among a multi- disciplinary team of academic experts from Greece, France, Cyprus, Canada, Turkey, Egypt & Jordan and SMEs from France, Greece and Italy.
The tasks of OptArch integrate and extend previous research of Consortium in the fields of structural optimization, numerical analysis, novel structural engineering approaches, soft computing and computer technology.
Such a multidisciplinary approach is deemed necessary to tackle the challenges associated with achieving project objective.
The OptArch project focuses on:
collaboration and exchange of knowledge between partners;
specialization of expertise regarding SMEs participating;
development of cheaper, more efficient, safer and environmentally friendly structures;
create and test of methodologies for applying optimization in different design phases of structures;
exploiting topology optimization techniques in computer aided architectural design;
exchange ideas and propose formulations to real life applications;
develop solutions for optimized multidisciplinary architectural designs;
combine criteria deriving from structural mechanics, eco design, bioclimatic design and acoustic performance.
OptArch aims at proposing a radically different approach, where the optimization problem is formulated under the strong synergy of people from different disciplines and solved using automated methods. Thus, the proposed research and innovation project is multidisciplinary by nature.
The "state of art" methodology to tackle optimization problems in architecture remains the traditional trial-and-error approach, which often requires significant human effort and resources, while in all probability results in sub-optimal choices.
Architects usually name "optimal design" the choice among a very limited set of design alternatives, dictated by their experience and intuition. However, modern design of structures requires one to account for a great number of criteria deriving from multiple disciplines, often of conflicting nature.
The different aspects of the new design process aimed by OptArch will be integrated into automated platforms, for the design of which, architects, applied mathematicians, software developers and engineers from various fields (Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering, etc.) will join their efforts and expertise.
The vast number of alternative choices enhances the possibility of arriving at an optimum with the incorporation of smart, automatic tools in the design process, further guiding designer’s intuition.
SCIENTIFIC publications, papers and awards
stakeholders & Credits
Giuseppe Leonardo Cascella, PhD
MSc with honors and PhD in Electrical Eng. @Politecnico di Bari (IT)
EU Marie Curie Fellow @Nottingham University (UK)
40+ international papers
30+ industrial and R&D projects
National technical University of Athens
The National Technical University of Athens is the oldest and most prestigious institution in Greece in the field of technology training and has consistently contributed to the scientific, technical and economic development of the country since its foundation in 1836.
Yaşar University is a Turkish university. It also adheres to a policy of internationalization: a process of connecting a globalized world with the local community through a variety of social responsibility projects.