Pia Fricker

Pia Fricker

Professor of Practice
Professor of Practice
T201 Dept. Architecture

Pia Fricker holds the Professorship of 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.

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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


Articulated landscapes

Pia Fricker, Toni Kotnik, Kane Borg, Luka Piškorec, Carlos Banon 2020

From Systems to Patterns and Back - Exploring the spatial potential of dynamic patterns in the area of regional planning

Pia Fricker, Ayda Grisiute 2020 Anthropologic: Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age

Singapore Hawker Centres

Pia Fricker, Toni Kotnik, Kane Borg, Luka Piškorec, Carlos Banon 2020

Bridging tangible and virtual realities : Computational procedures for data-informed participatory processes

Mariusz Hermansdorfer, Hans Skov-Petersen, Pia Fricker, Kane Borg, Philip Belesky 2020 Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture

Computational Design Pedagogy for the Cognitive Age

Pia Fricker, Toni Kotnik, Kane Borg 2020 Anthropologic: Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age

Rethinking the Singapore Hawker Centre

Toni Kotnik, Pia Fricker, Carlos Banon 2019

Structuralism - Patterns of Interaction

Toni Kotnik, Pia Fricker, Luka Piskorec, Kane Borg 2019 Arkkitehti

Virtual Reality for Immersive Data Interaction

Pia Fricker 2019 Landscape Architecture Frontiers LAF

Structuralism: Patterns of Interaction Computational design thinking across scales

Pia Fricker, Toni Kotnik, Luka Piskorec 2019 Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture


Pia Fricker, Toni Kotnik, Luka Piskorec 2019