Department of Architecture

Pia Fricker

Professor of Practice

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Pia Fricker holds the Professorship for Computational Methodology in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, linking between the area of large-scale landscape architecture design and urban design. In 2017 she founded and directs the Digital Landscape Architecture Laboratory, which is a teaching and research hub fostering the experimental integration of emerging computational methods and workflows. Her research is actively collaborating with other Departments at Aalto University, international academic partners (Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, The Singapore University of Technology and Design, Hafencity University Hamburg) as well as with professional partners on a national and international level. Current research projects: Data-driven Design in the Realm of Mixed Reality, Experience Research in Spatial Immersive Data Interaction in VR (in collaboration with neuroscience), Data Simulation as Design Tool. General research fields: parametric design, algorithmic design, machine learning, Big Data, simulation, point cloud technology,

She is a member of the editorial board of the JoDLA (Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture), the Scientific Program Committee of the DLA conference, the Peer Review Committees of ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) and eCAADe (Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe), as well as expert peer reviewer for the International Journal of Architectural Computing, Landscape and Urban Planning Journal and the Journal of Architecture and Urbanism.

Areas of expertise

Urban Design Landscape Architecture Water Urbanism Parametric Design Algorithmic Design Data-Driven Design Big Data Atmospheric qualities in space and multisensory approach in spatial design Interaction between space and objects Responsive systems and environments Emerging models of digital representation Critical interrogations of the digital and analogue

Honors and awards

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Architecture
Jun 2018

Digital Landscape Architecture Award 2018 for Contribution to Education in Digital Landscape Architecture for the paper: THer real virtual or the real real - Entering mixed reality


Department of Architecture

Structuralism: Patterns of Interaction Computational design thinking across scales

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture
Department of Architecture, Department of Civil Engineering, Building Design and Construction

Structuralism - Patterns of Interaction

Publishing year: 2019 Arkkitehti
Department of Architecture

Virtual Reality for Immersive Data Interaction

Publishing year: 2019 Landscape Architecture Frontiers LAF
Department of Architecture


Publishing year: 2019
Department of Architecture

USP Exhibition at Asuntomessut Helsinki-Jätkäsaari

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Architecture

Urban Landscape / Urban Talkscpases – Entering Mixed Reality

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Architecture

The Real Virtual or the Real Real

Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture
Department of Architecture

VR installation

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Architecture

Digital Landscape Architecture Laboratory

Publishing year: 2017 6th International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Contemporary Architecture
Department of Architecture

Best of Digital Landscape Architecture Studios 2015 + 2016

Publishing year: 2017