Tim McGinley

Tim McGinley
Technical University of Denmark | DTU · Department of Civil Engineering

EngD, MA, GradDip (Arch), BA (Hons) Arch.
Seeking collaborators to model artificial systems such as buildings in biological models like SBML

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Introduction
Tim's research aims to identify a morphogenetic code for architecture. He is developing tools, theories and methods to support the morphogenetic prototyping (MP) of architecture based on developmental biology. Current projects include, investigating the opportunities of MP on the: design; fabrication; UX; procurement; pedagogy and transdiscplinarity of architecture. Tim explores these issues as an architecture design studio coordinator and co-founder at the Morphogenetic Prototyping Lab.
Additional affiliations
April 2014 - July 2018
University of South Australia
Position
  • Lecturer
September 2013 - April 2014
University of Huddersfield
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2010 - December 2013
University of Greenwich
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Design and delivery of the Basic Design module for 3D Digital Design undergrads in the Architecture department at Greenwich
Education
September 2009 - September 2013
University of Reading
Field of study
  • Engineering Doctorate
September 2004 - June 2006
University of Huddersfield
Field of study
  • GradDip Architecture (International) (RIBA II)
September 2003 - July 2004
University of Huddersfield
Field of study
  • Smart Design

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Publications (39)
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The architectural singularity is approaching. It is the point at which buildings become more intelligent than their occupants and designers. This will significantly change the roles of the built-environment professions in the design, fabrication, construction and operation of buildings. By exploring self-organizing behaviour in biological developme...
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Design disciplines have always been interested in biological growth as a potent metaphor for design. By interpreting this metaphor as a process, it is possible to represent design artefacts as the result of a series of pseudo biological developmental stages. These stages represent a hierarchical model of the development of the resulting artefact. T...
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The design of smart cities, like urban planning, is a wicked problem. Cities have diverse stakeholders with complex interrelationships and conflicting interests which means that it can be difficult to gain a representative consensus on city design. Typically, few of a city’s stakeholders are involved in smart city design. This means that the needs...
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Traditional building information modelling (BIM) education emphasises the tools and the modelling rather than the analysis of the model. Rather than simply provide training for proprietary software, university BIM education could support innovation through the development of standardized OpenBIM tools, data and processes, supporting students to ana...
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Designing sustainable buildings requires the orchestration of analysis processes throughout a building’s lifecycle. The siloing of disciplinary knowledge, tools and processes can mean that analysis is wastefully repeated or omitted in siloed disciplinary models and data. Therefore, this paper proposes a framework for meta-disciplinary building anal...
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The contemporary focus on sustainability and specifically on circularity, places new roles, requirements, and responsibilities on AEC professionals. From an educational perspective, this could be addressed by adding circularity concepts for instance into design, modelling, and analysis courses. However, circularity offers more than this; it provide...
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Architects require the insight of acoustic engineers to understand how to improve and/or optimize the acoustic performance of their buildings. Normally this is supported by the architect providing digital models of the design to the acoustic engineer for analysis in the acoustician’s disciplinary software, for instance Odeon. This current workflow...
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Studies argue that higher density areas incur social problems such as lack of safety [1], while other studies provide evidence for the positive impact of high-density urban areas, for instance opportunities for social interactions and equal form of accessibility [2]. This paper argues that design factors can mediate the impacts of density on social...
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While there is a growing interest in using spatial network analysis methods such as Space Syntax to explore the socio-spatial aspects of the built form, some scholars refer to its main limitation of missing the measurements of buildings' fabric and density. Furthermore, new approaches that attempt to address these shortcomings, such as Urban Networ...
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The circular economy requires that 'used' materials continue to be in circulation after their initial use has finished. Materials are typically sourced in the building industry as new materials in bulk that carry guarantees of safety, quality and delivery. The distributed and diverse origins of used materials mean that they do not normally carry th...
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Architecture and biology are fields of high complexity. Generative design approaches pro-vide access to continuously increasing complexity in design. Some of these methods are based on biological principles but usually do not communicate the conceptual base necessary to appropriately reflect the input from biology into architecture. To address this...
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Increases in computation power have allowed design software to be-come more complex. At the same time, big data and artificial intelligence, ques-tion the traditional tools of the human designer. Morphogenetic prototyping pro-vides a method for designers to control this complexity by separating the design into pseudo developmental stages to enable...
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Architecture and biology are fields of high complexity. Generative design approaches provide access to continuously increasing complexity in design. Some of these methods are based on biological principles but usually do not communicate the conceptual base necessary to appropriately reflect the input from biology into architecture. To address this,...
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The world is experiencing an ever increasing pace of change and yet our design processes typically follow a waterfall model that make can make change and adaptation difficult. Digital design approaches provide an opportunity to develop agile solutions that are more open to change in the design process. This paper proposes the development of immater...
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Architectural science aims to understand the complex relationships of architectural systems to their environment. Environmental scientists can infer a specie's ability to adapt to different environments through a knowledge of the species and detailed data about its environment. Developmental biologists can then untangle how the organism developed f...
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Morphogenetic prototyping provides a method for designers to manipulate a design over a series of pseudo 'developmental' stages as if it had grown biologically. Designers can then manipulate the development by carving the design. Carving alludes a surfer defining a path in the water with their board. It requires an alternative design metaphor to th...
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Humans spend more than 90% of time inside buildings and hence the built environment has an immense impact on our well-being, especially its influence on students' learning and their educational experience in Higher Education. The usability of innovative design in teaching and learning spaces is vital for designing sustainable workplaces and driving...
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Linnaeus’ original Systema Naturae taxonomy defined three kingdoms: animal, plant, and mineral. In this classification, animal architecture, such as termite mounds and beehives, is mineral. In human architecture, formal and functional imitations of animals and vegetables have frequently been used to decorate our mineral architecture. Advances in ma...
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Morphogenetic prototyping supports the mapping of transdisciplinary models of biological system development to real world challenges in design and engineering disciplines. The ontogenetical focus of this research moves beyond the traditional mechanistic interest of biomimetics in design and engineering. The Morphogenetic Prototyping Lab at UniSA is...
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The digital recording of spatio-temporal information within Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Geographic Information Systems has mainly been the preserve of experts. but with the advent of more user friendly technologies, more non-spatio-temporal information experts are beginning to realie the benefits that the use of spatio-temporal informa...
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Architecture has been described as frozen music. Alternatively, open building proposes an evolving collaborative symbiotic performance. However, current practice in the building industry is motivated by short term 'closed' (frozen) building perspectives. The uptake of BIM technologies challenges current practice in architecture by extending the dim...
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For architects, a database of typological specific occupant behaviour patterns could help in the design of buildings, through a ty-pological specific insight into the previous use of buildings. In addition , appropriately represented occupant behaviour data in commercial buildings represent an important factor for facilities management (FM) and bus...
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Materials are typically sourced in the building industry as new materials in bulk that carry guarantees of safety, quality and delivery. The distributed and diverse origins of used materials means that they do not normally carry these guarantees. This paper proposes an information system to support the procurement of used materials at a scale that...
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As someone who was has lived in some of the wetter and colder parts of the UK, the South Australian climate can seem extreme. Political and social inertia to address the challenges of climate change at a policy level means that this is due to get more extreme. Architects have plenty of experience designing for extreme environments including cities...
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The Localism Act 2011 in England, provides a legislative mechanism to support participation in the planning process. Additionally, public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS) provide one approach to support public participation in planning. However, their ad hoc and context specific development approaches have resulted in tools that...
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Digital collaborative technologies provide opportunities to increase citizen participation, which is an important aspect in planning sustainable cities and communities. However, in wicked problem contexts such as planning, it is difficult to coordinate multi-dimensional stakeholder participation. From this perspective, interesting parallels can be...
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Digital collaborative technologies provide opportunities to increase citizen participation, which is an important aspect in planning sustainable cities and communities. However, in wicked problem contexts such as planning, it is difficult to coordinate multi-dimensional stakeholder participation. From this perspective, interesting parallels can be...
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Legislative mechanisms from the Localism Act in the UK, provide opportunities for communities to explore their future development aspirations through 'neighbourhood planning'. The legislation assumes that non experts in dynamic and informal community systems will be able to: engage their community; capture their requirements; and develop and fund a...
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Interdisciplinary (ID) research has been described as research that synthesises multiple disciplines with non discipline specific research approaches. Inherent differences between the disciplines present barriers to ID research. These barriers make it challenging for ID practitioners to develop a shared understanding of their research. Lélé and Nor...
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Companies are increasingly recognising their responsibilities to the communities they operate in. ISO 26000 recommends that corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities should reflect the social potential of the company's core business. However, companies can find it difficult to identify causes that match the values, services or products they...
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The size of the state in the UK has been described as alternating tidally with each controlling governmental party's embedded interests. Localism has been referred to as a trough in this tidal process that reduces the size of the state and provides greater power and responsibility for the individual. In a 2011 poll, 50% of people interviewed said t...
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The Localism Bill is currently being read in the House of Lords. The Bill presents a series of policy reforms that are being promoted by the government to empower citizens to participate in local decisions under the umbrella term of the 'Big Society' (BS). This paper addresses concerns outlined in the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report on S...
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Since the time of Alan Turing's death, in the early nineteen-fifties, largely due to beliefs spawned by Turing's formative work into machine intelligence, dreams that the design process can be automated by an artificial system, have been theoretical catnip in the field of Architecture. The first wave of interest in this subject can be identified to...

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Applying the circularity principles to education systems, at a programme, course and learning objective level.
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The aim of this research is to develop a conceptual model to understand the relationship between density, design configuration and social sustainability.
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A series of interdisciplinary workshops with designers and scientists to identify a 21st Century design experience based on the concept of Morphogenetic Prototyping. The workshops will be held in the week of November 21st 2016.