The introduction of computers to
architectural design has been making a significant impact on the way buildings
are being designed and built. For the second time in the history of modern
design , technology is advancing faster than the building industry. This time,
the digital and information technology (IT) revolutions introduced technologies
that enabled the development of architectural designs and manufacturing tools
on grounds other than need, and thus their influence on architecture is still
The Ph.D. research examines changes
in the architectural design process caused by the introduction of computers,
focusing mainly on computer-based form generation, simulation and evaluation.
It suggests a new generative performance-oriented design (GenPOD) model that uses
“performance envelopes” in a non-linear generative design method. Using the new
model in a building design process will result in an increase the general performance of the building form and save time in
the design process while producing a form that embeds more information.