Milad Showkatbakhsh

Milad Showkatbakhsh




Milad is a self-motivated and contributing designer and researcher. He holds BSc. In Architectural Engineering from Shahid Beheshti university, school of architecture in Tehran, Iran, and Master of Architecture from Pratt institute school of architecture in New York, U.S.A. where he graduated with Sidney Katz award for design excellence in 2015. Milad is currently a Doctoral candidate at the Architectural Association researching under the directorship of Dr. Michael Weinstock. Milad has been working and collaborating with different architecture and design studios in Tehran, New York, Washington and Shanghai as a computational design specialist. One which is Contemporary Architecture Practice (CAP) - Ali Rahim and Hina Jamelle where he has led several different architectural projects across a range of scales from 2015 to 2016. Alongside practicing architecture, he has been a fellow researcher in different computer aided design research projects which were culminated as published papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences, posters and digitally fabricated installations. Milad has been actively teaching algorithmic thinking and computational strategies since 2010 in the forms of workshops and highly specialized classes. He was a teaching assistant in Pratt institute for advance computational courses and design studios. Milad is the Co-author of ‘Wallacei’, an analytic engine that aims to highlight the significance of gaining a detailed and comprehensive understanding of empirical data outputted through the application of multi-objective evolutionary algorithms in design. Milad’s current research focuses on the application of homeostatic principles in biology within architectural design processes and correlation of such principles with evolutionary development and morphogenesis of species. Milad strongly believes application of homeostatic principles of natural systems is a key to development of an intelligent model of urban growth and proliferation. He is working with the most progressive computational tools and aiming to develop a computational engine capable of generating homeostatic assemblies across a range of scales.



Contemporary Architecture Practice, Shanghai China, Project Lead

Project Lead

Jul 2015 - Sep 2016

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Architecture Shop Monitor

CNC Monitor
3D print Monitor
Laser cut Monitor

Jan 2013 - Jun 2015

SU11 Architecture + Design, Brooklyn, NY, US, Architectural Intern

3D Modeling
Architectural representation
Architectural Design

May 2013 - Aug 2013


Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), London , PhD, Ph.D. by Design

Due to the current unpredictable climatic conditions and immense demands of societies, a city which can adapt, self-organize and maintain its stability through perturbations caused by internal (society) and external (environment) stimuli is a prerequisite to humans’ survival in future. Species throughout the course of evolution have developed processes ensuring their survival and adaptation to the external environmental changes. Homeostasis is the main driving force of any singular, multicellular or even collective organisms to maintain their vital parameters at a steady state. This research examines the potential of homeostatic principles, and their connection to growth and development in natural systems, to inform the design of singular and collective architectural assemblies across a range of scales. Homeostasis is the term for the biological processes by which individual beings and collectives maintain equilibrium in their environment, and there is a wide range of morphological and behavioral traits across multiple species. Examine and reflecting on the interrelations of forms, processes, and behaviors can yield useful strategies for architectural design processes that require significant environmental performance enhancements. Although biomimicry has been established for many decades, and has made significant contributions to engineering and architecture, homeostasis has rarely been part of this field of research. The ambition of this research is to abstract principles of homeostasis, growth, and development of natural systems, to define and develop those principles through experiments to produce a computational design engine to generate testable mathematical models with specified degree of mutability, or adaptation to differing circumstances or environments, together with an expository conceptual and computationally simulated design, evaluations and principles of implementation.

Jan 2017 - current

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Aug 2012 - Jun 2015

Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, IR, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Sep 2007 - Jun 2012


Sidney Katz Award for Design Excellence, 1st Place

Sidney Katz Memorial Scholarship Fund/Architecture
A fund established in memory of Sidney Katz which is intended to extend opportunities to talented graduate students of Architecture.


Areas of Specialization