Pia Fricker

Pia Fricker

Professor of Practice
Professor of Practice
Department of Architecture

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.

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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

Educational landscapes of the digital age: Challenging the frontiers of digital landscape education

Pia Fricker 2019 Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future: Celebrating one hundred years of landscape architecture education in Europe

Sensing Urban Patterns

Pia Fricker 2019 USP Exploring the Transurban Axix


Pia Fricker, Toni Kotnik, Luka Piskorec 2019

Structuralism: Patterns of Interaction Computational design thinking across scales

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

Virtual Reality for Immersive Data Interaction

Pia Fricker 2019 Landscape Architecture Frontiers LAF

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

The Real Virtual or the Real Real

Pia Fricker 2018 Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture