Parametric Design

Design process based on an algorithmic scheme of rules that are established through dynamic parameters that join the design components, and establish direct and indirect relationships between them.

Another way of understanding design 

Parametric design is a different way of understanding design thanks to technology and, specifically, advanced digital design techniques. Ideas are projected from computational thinking, imposing other types of dynamics and forms that are the consequence of a more complex but versatile result when it comes to modifying, adding or eliminating aspects of the design.

Parametric design features

  • REDUCES THE TIME devoted to manual revisions and adaptations of plans, etc.
  • Parameters can control weight, dimensions, volumes, repetition, modulation, but simulations can also be incorporated for structural, climate and thermal analysis. As a result, an EFFICIENT final product is obtained with a BETTER PERFORMANCE.

Parametric design procedure


Generally, the process presents four activities. Frequently, these activities and data are combined and define conditions while preparing or executing the procedure, or adjust it according to the results or new possibilities that are envisioned. However, differentiating them contributes to their development and generalization.

Definition of initial conditions.

Preparation of the parametric procedure.

(or selection of a specific utility).

Execution of the procedure.

Selection and interpretation of results.

In addition to the set of parameters considered.


The parameters have the function of expressing specific ranges, limits and configurations. From the same parameterized model it is possible to visualize different results that meet the established conditions.

The use of parameters (technical and formal) in early phases of the design allows to achieve a better constructive performance and new expressive possibilities.

¿What software are used?

In general, the software implemented for this advanced 3D type modeling and generative design are Rhinoceros (3D modeling) and Grasshopper (generative algorithm editor), and architecture-focused Revit (3D modeling) and Dynamo (generative algorithm editor).


Computing applied to architecture (postgrade course project)

The course propose to create a generative algorithm and its materialization.

3D Textiles

Development of textiles in 3d printing, from patterns with algorithmic design.

Computing applied to architecture (postgrade course project)

The course propose to create a generative algorithm and its materialization.

Digital hybridization (grade course project)

Design and fabrication of a cube from a given pattern, and with the use of parametric design, using Dynamo software.