His primary focus is with global firm, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), where he describes his work as being like an in-house design technology consultant; working with BIM, computational design and emerging technologies at various stages throughout their team’s design process.
“Of the people that I studied with, very few ended up becoming architects because it’s a degree you can do so much with. But I was always focused on being an architect and actually building stuff which was what first led me to 3-D modelling. It really just clicked with me and enabled me to expand my design vocabulary through parametric tools and programmes like Grasshopper. It was then that I started exploring computation and BIM. It was just a natural evolution of being in practice.”
Olly describes this work as “collaborating with a computer to create solutions driven by real-world data” and says that computationally driven design is making architecture more efficient by automating basic tasks and allowing architects to focus their energies on more important design challenges which require deep thought. An incredibly powerful tool, computational design can both streamline and enhance the design process by harnessing the power of a computer to create solutions that the designer may not have reached on their own.