Embedded in all the curricula we have taught, is an emphasis on a range of software with architectural applications which can allow participants to test and articulate their ideas and projects to a greater level. The course uses all the following pieces of software teaching them through various methods which allows students to find easy application in their own work.

We make it very clear that the ability of computer programmes to test structure, or wind load, is no substitute for the relevant industry professional in that field. However, given the situation in Myanmar where many regulations are unenforced it can only help to give designers more tools through the design stages of their work and raise the awareness of these issues and the ways to mitigate the dangers of building in such a seismic and typhoon prone area.


Rhinoceros 3D

This NURBS (Non-uniform rational B-spline) software is our primary modelling software. This has been used as a tool for both abstract form finding as a response to student site observations, a software to produce technical drawings and diagrams, and our means of keeping an accurate model of our bamboo structures to verify details onsite.



This software allows the parametrisation of a model in Rhino. Instead of building with numeric input it is possible to have variable inputs which will change and react to new parameters. This allows us to quickly remodel based on new data, and find optimal solutions to design challenges given to us through the results of wind, solar and structural analysis.



This is a finite element analysis which allows us to carry out structural testing on our bamboo designs.



This rendering software allows participants to render and visualise their bamboo architectural designs in a way which is easily communicative to others.


Autodesk Flow

Given the risk of typhoons confronting any building project in Myanmar, we place a lot of importance on testing projects against typhoon winds. We use this as a means of obtaining numeric data regarding pressure build up on models and then we can input these as point load forces in Karamba in order to see how the design can respond to the wind pressure either by reinforcing the structural system, or streamlining the design.


Adobe Creative Suite