Alicia Nahmad is an architect/ designer based in London. She is the founder of Architecture Extrapolated (R-Ex) and holds a PhD on human-robot collaborative design workflows from Cardiff University. She is also a course master at the Architectural Association DRL Master’s program. Alicia explores design through the integration of materials and technology in relation to context specific environments. Her research is focused at the intersection of digital design and fabrication technologies, machine learning and traditional building crafts. For this purpose, she has been engaged with the digitization of building trades and the adaptation of digital design and fabrication methods to incorporate the wisdom and craft of traditional building cultures.

Previously she worked with the specialist parametric design group at Populous and has accumulated design and construction experience in various practices including Zaha Hadid Architects and Grupo Inmobiliario Altiva, Mexico. Alicia was an Artist -In- Residence at Autodesk Pier 9 where she developed human-machine collaborative architectural design processes enabled through machine learning. 

Her work has been published and presented at various events including UK Construction Week,  Microsoft Reactor London, Women Leading in AI, TxA, IJAC, IASS, Acadia, London Festival of Architecture, Worlds Architects Congress and different digital based media. She has also taught design – fabrication workshops and delivered lectures on related topics at institutions such as UNAM Mexico, IAAC Barcelona, KADK Copenhagen, Tec de Monterrey Mexico, Belas Artes Sao Paulo, PUC Rio de Janeiro, Hunan University Changsha, AA visiting school Brazil, India and China. Alicia has been an invited critic at various institutions in the US, Mexico and UK.

Alicia received a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (AADRL 2010) in London and a bachelor of Architecture from Tec de Monterrey (2005) in Mexico City.

Credits

KnitCandela (images 00 and 01)

Project Credits: ETH and Zaha Hadid Architects with R-Ex

Photo credits: Leo Bieling

TopOpt Shell (image 02)

Project Credits: ZHCODE and R-Ex with Asbjorn Sondergaard and Chikara Inamura

Photo Credits: Ale Vazquez

Learning from Candela (Image 03)

Project Credits: ZHCODE and R-Ex with Kreysler Associates

Photo Credits: Ale Vazquez

AI for Spatial Organisation (Image 04)

Project and Image Credits: AADRL, Studio Nahmad-Bhooshan

La Masonry Domino, A New Tectonism for Domestic Architecture (Image 05)

Project and Image Credits: AADRL, Studio Nahmad-Bhooshan