“A lot of the work I do doesn’t draw on architecture, it draws more on nature. I look at the flocking of birds and schools of fish - and try to understand how we can repurpose these systems from a design perspective.
“Instead of designing the thing itself - we design a series of behaviours, see how they can interact - and explore the architectural forms and structures that emerge from these processes”
Roland Snooks sees his work, which explores the behavioural process of formation, swarm intelligence and multi-agent algorithms, as an interaction of head and heart; between an ‘intellectual position and a certain form of rigour that interacts with intuition.’
The director of noted contemporary architectural practice Studio Roland Snooks and an Associate Professor at Melbourne’s RMIT University is an expert in computational design and robotic fabrication.
But for Roland - who is now forging new grounds in algorithmic architecture - the path was far from linear. Fortunately, that’s the way he likes it.