Sean Hanna

Awarded VEIV EngD

The design of architecture is the design of a highly complex, organised system. This research investigates the automation of various aspects of this process with the aid of machine learning and optimisation algorithms. The hypothesis is that knowledge gained through simulation of a system’s behaviour allows the computer to make the kinds of judgements or decisions that can be used to guide the design. Two situations are being studied: the manufacture of highly detailed space frame structures with specific load bearing or dynamic properties, and the planning of spaces to reflect given social relationships as quantified by space syntax techniques.


Sean Hanna and Marileena Skavara; 2011; Adaptive Fa[CA]de; Proceedings Adaptive Architecture 2011

Sean Hanna; 2010; Simulation and the Search for Stability in Design; Design Computing and Cognition '10 Workshop on Assessing the Impact of Complexity Science in Design: Alexiou K and Zamenopoulos T (eds.)

Sean Hanna; 2010; Processing And Structure: Teaching And Learning From Direct Fabrication; Proceedings of International Symposium File to Factory 2010

Kinda Al Sayed, Alasdair Turner and Sean Hanna; 2010; Modelling Spatial Morphogenesis in Cities: The Dynamics of Spatial Change in Manhattan; Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning

Sean Hanna; 2010; Design Agents And The Need For High-Dimensional Perception; Design Computing and Cognition '10. (pp. 115 - 134). Springer: London, UK

Sean Hanna, Lars Hesselgren, Victor Gonzalez and Ignacio Vargas; 2010; Beyond Simulation: Designing For Uncertainty And Robust Solutions; Proceedings: Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design at the 2010 Spring Simulation Multiconference

Michal Piasecki, Sean Hanna; 2010; A Redefinition of the Paradox of Choice; Design Computing Cognition Conference Proceedings 2010

Sean Hanna; 2009; Spectral Comparison Of Large Urban Graphs; Proceedings of the 7th International Space Syntax Symposium. Royal Institute of Technology (KTH): Stockholm, Sweden

Michal Piasecki and Sean Hanna; 2009; Review of B2C Online Product Configurators; World Conference on Mass Customization & Personalization 2009

Sean Hanna and Olivier Ottevaere; 2009; Quasi-Projection: Aperiodic Concrete Formwork For Perceived Surface Complexity; The 2009 international conference of the Association of Computer Aided Design In Architecture (ACADIA09)

Kinda Al Sayed, Alasdair Turner and Sean Hanna; 2009; Cities as Emergent Models: The Morphological Logic of Manhattan and Barcelona; Proceedings of the 7th International Space Syntax Symposium. (pp. p. 1). Royal Institute of Technology (KTH): Stockholm, Sweden

Anna Laskari, Sean Hanna and Christian Derix; 2008; Urban Identity Through Quantifiable Spatial Attributes; Design Computing and Cognition '08: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition. (pp. pp. 615-634). Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Sean Hanna and A Kanellos; 2008; Topological Self-Organisation: Using A Particle-Spring System Simulation To Generate Structural Space-Filling Lattices; Proceedings of the 26th eCAADe Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe 2008

Sean Hanna; 2007; Inductive Machine Learning Of Optimal Modular Structures; Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing archive Volume 21 Issue 4, October 2007

E. Friedrich, C. Derix, S. Hanna; 2007; Emergent Form from Structural Optimisation of the Voronoi Polyhedra; Proceedings Generative Art 10th International Conference, Milan Polytechnic, Milan

Sean Hanna; 2007; Defining Implicit Objective Functions for Design Problems; Proceedings of GECCO '07: Genetic And Evolutionary Computation Conference

ELENA PROUSALIDOU, SEAN HANNA; 2007; A Parametric Representation Of Ruled Surfaces; Proceedings of CAAD Futures 2007

Sean Hanna, Beesley P, Hirosue S, Ruxton J, Turner C and Trankle M (eds) ; 2006; Responsive Material, Responsive Structure; Responsive Architectures: Subtle Technologies 2006, Riverside Architectural Press. ISBN: 0-9780978-0-7

Sean Hanna; 2006; Representing Style by Feature Space Archetypes: Description and Emulation of Spatial Styles in an Architectural Context; Design Computing and Cognition '06. Springer. pp. 3-22

Mahdavi S Haroun and Sean. Hanna; 2006; Estimating a Finite Element Optimisation Using Support Vector Machines; Gero, JS (ed) Design Computing and Cognition '06. Springer. pp 563-582

Sean Hanna, Gero JS and Maher ML (eds); 2005; Where Creativity Comes From: The Social Spaces Of Embodied Minds, Computational and Cognitive Models of Creative Design VI.

Mahdavi S Haroun and Sean. Hanna; 2004; Optimising Continuous Microstructures: A Comparison Of Gradient-Based and Stochastic Methods; Proceedings of SCIS & ISIS 2004. The Joint 2nd International Conference on Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems and 5th International Symposium on Advanced Intelligent Systems

Mahdavi S Haroun and Sean. Hanna; 2004; Modularity and Flexibility At The Small Scale: Evolving Continuous Material Variation with Stereolithography; Proceedings of the 23rd annual conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture and the 2004 conference of the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community

Mahdavi S Haroun and Sean Hanna; 2004; Investigating The Use Of Stereolithography To Build Adaptive Robots; Proceedings of ICARCV 2004

Mahdavi S Haroun and Sean Hanna; 2003; An Evolutionary Approach To Microstructure Optimisation Of Stereolithographic Models; Proceedings of CEC2003, the Congress on Evolutionary Computation Year: 2003


Primary Supervisor: Prof Alan Penn

Industry Sponsor: Foster and Partners 

Adaptive architecture