Professor Ramesh Krishnamurti Lectures at National University of Singapore about Life as a Grammarist

Professor Ramesh Krishnamurti gave two presentations at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Department of Architecture this past month.

Ramesh presented at the NUS ArTT (Architectural Research Think Tank) Research Forum on 2 March 2018. His presentation centered on his personal journey as a grammarist, highlighting his own work – some done in collaboration with students – on a variety of topics ranging from analytical development of grammars, through practical grammar implementations and their application, onto more theoretical explorations into algorithms, continuity, constructability of shapes, and more recently, augmented shapes. More information on the lecture available here.

On 5 March 2018, the NUS Department of Architecture hosted Ramesh as part of their 2017/18 Guest Lecture Series. Ramesh’s talk focused on the SoA’s computational design program since its inception as a graduate program at CMU. The discussion delved into the fundamentals of computational design and how its basic tenets have evolved over time. To highlight these points, Ramesh drew upon a selection of significant ideas and projects from throughout his time at CMU, describing how these have developed over the years and have become manageable, applicable, and relevant through the advancement of computational thinking and tools. More information on the lecture available here.


Ramesh is a professor at Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture and serves as the track chair of the Ph.D. in Computational Design program. He has a long-standing interest in interdisciplinary projects which bring together the arts, sciences, technology, and humanities. He is a shape grammarist — his research focuses on the formal, semantic, and algorithmic aspects of generative construction and the development of design as computation via highly coupled parallel explorations of form and description. He is best known for his work on computational problems in shape grammar theory and algorithms for spatial patterns.