Andrew I-kang Li

About me

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About me

About shape grammars


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The interpreter project

Set up

Create a grammar

Run a grammar

Get out of trouble

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The Yingzao fashi project

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Contact me

i (at) andrew (dot) li

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Nakata lattice


I am an associate professor in design and architecture at the Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT), Japan. I teach and do research in computational design.

Before this, I taught briefly at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and lengthily at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). I have also taught at Kyoto University of the Arts, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and Tunghai University, Taiwan.

These are some of the subjects I have taught:

    Shape grammars

    Programming (computer, not architectural)

    Computational design and digital fabrication

    Research methods

    Chinese architectural history

    Architectural design

    Building technology

I have a varied background, in architectural computation, architectural history, professional architectural practice, Chinese studies, and music.

I have been president of the Association of Computer-Aided Architectural Research in Asia (CAADRIA), was on the editorial board of the Nexus network journal, and was a founding member of the editorial board of the International journal of architectural computing.

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This design is based on a variant of a motif that I call the Nakata curve after my student Yusuke Nakata, who developed it.

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