Computational Design

Computational design is not merely a tool, but an instrument which allows us to see things differently. It offers a way to generate, rationalise and analyse multiple design options, quickly and iteratively. No longer is it necessary to rely on old rules-of-thumb. Parametric Monkey uses sophisticated digital tools to generate data-driven design solutions.

Generative Design

Specific building typologies are inherently parametric. Parametric Monkey can help identify critical parameters within the design and create project-specific scripts to automate the design, saving you from laborious manual modelling.

Geometric rationalisation

Sometimes certain parts of the design require a higher level of geometric definition for it to be fabricated and assembled. Parametric Monkey can embed material properties and assembly constraints directly into the parametric model ready for file-to-factory fabrication.


Understanding material and structural properties are essential in finding an appropriate form. Parametric Monkey works with your team to optimise these properties through physics-based simulations. This workflow is not a substitute for professional engineering services, but rather a tool to aid the initial design process.

View analysis

View aspects are critical to both the feasibility of a project and also in gaining development approval. Parametric Monkey has developed a suite of tools to quantify views including; 2D and 3D isovist analysis, viewshed analysis, and heat map analysis.

Programmatic Analysis

Ensuring the programmatic brief is met is a fundamental requirement of any architectural services. Specific building typologies, such as universities or hospitals, require a detailed understanding of the building program and schedule of accommodation. Parametric Monkey works with your team to visualise these requirements to aid the design team.

Network Analysis

Understanding the relationship between an element and its context is critical to successful planning. Whether it is fire egress distances, the shortest path through a masterplan or simulating crowd movement, Parametric Monkey can help your team understand the impact design decisions have on the overall network.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow us to visualise, question, analyse and interpret spatial or geographical data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. Parametric Monkey has extensive experience in integrating large datasets such as city models or cadastre information so that they can be used efficiently in the design process.

Machine Learning

Whereas most scripting involves writing an algorithm to tell the computer explicitly what to do, Machine Learning (ML) can automatically extract the algorithm through learning. Parametric Monkey works with you to compile a dataset from which the machine will learn. Through this process, it is possible to unearth patterns and generate new designs based on these learnt patterns.

Solar access

Parametric Monkey has a detailed understanding of the NSW's 'State Environmental Planning Policy 65 - Design Quality of Residential Flat Development' (SEPP 65) solar access requirement. We can help you run the simulation, push results to the BIM model, and produce the Design Verification Statement for Development Applications (DAs).


As the building industry moves towards performative design, planning authorities are now requiring more and more detailed analyses, especially around overshadowing. Parametric Monkey can assist in both simulating and quantifying the amount of overshadowing of both your building and the existing context.

Daylight autonomy

Daylight autonomy represents the percentage of annual daytime hours that a given point in space is above a specified illumination level. These studies are useful when direct sunlight cannot be achieved. Parametric Monkey can help your design team run preliminary analyses to understand the effect materials and colours have on lux levels. This workflow is not a substitute for professional engineering services, but rather a tool to aid the initial design process.

  • Geometric rationalisation

  • Form-finding

  • View analysis

  • GIS

  • Solar access

  • SEPP65 solar access

  • Overshadowing

  • Overshadowing

  • Daylight autonomy

From Our Blog...

Parametric Monkey announces preview of new feasibility software

I am pleased to announce the preview of MetricMonkey, Parametric Monkey’s feasibility software. The software enables architects, urban designers and property developers to evaluate designs in real-time via an interactive dashboard. MetricMonkey focuses on augmenting, rather than replacing human capabilities so that the designer is always in control. Democratising knowledge Over the past decade or so, designers have become increasingly aware of the enormous value that computational design offers. Yet despite its advantages, many designers have struggled to embed computational design into their design processes. Our experience suggests that this condition is… Read More

Glossary of computational terminology

Computational design is often presented in purely technical terms without an understanding of the logic and theory behind the process. For example, it is frequent to go to lectures or presentations, whereby the presenter will demonstrate how to do XYZ in a particular software. However, this results in only a superficial understanding of computational design and further undermines its adoption, as it is portrayed as a tool rather than as a philosophy of design. This article seeks to address this issue through the (brief) explanation of common terminology used in computational design…. Read More

A brief history of computation

We can summarise the history of computation in architectural design in terms of five eras: the 2D drafting era, the 3D modelling era, the building information modelling (BIM) era; the design computation (algorithmic) era; and more recently, the machine learning era. These eras are recognisable but overlap in practice and represent a fundamentally different way of thinking. All tools modify the gestures of their users, and in the design professions this feedback often leaves a visible trace: when these traces become consistent and pervasive across objects, technologies, cultures, people, and places, they… Read More