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The Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) is an innovative research environment exploring the emergent intersections between architecture, digital technologies and the digital practices that are informing our societies culturally, socially and technologically.


Within this context, CITA aims to contribute to the development of innovative architectural thinking and practice. Research questions are investigated through a practice-based research-by-design methodology that focuses on the conceptualisation, design, realisation and dissemination of working prototypes.


Recent work investigating growth simulations and adaptive parametrization provide a body of expertise that has direct relevance to the flora robotica project. This work resulted in the research-based installation “The Rise” which demonstrates the outcome of an architectural proposition grown in-silico. During the simulated growth cycle the proposition is able to sense and dynamically adapt to its environment while continuously reacting to feedback from its own material performance and behavioural constraints.


CITA is led by Prof. Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen and currently has 20 staff.

Follow this link for further information on CITA projects and activities.

the flora robotica team at CITA

Phil Ayres
Associate Professor

Phil is Principle Investigator

Mary Katherine Heinrich
PhD Researcher
(3 year full-time)

Mary Katherine’s focus is adaptive simulation tied to physical systems

Mateusz Zwierzycki
Research Assistant 

Mateusz’s focus is the development of a modelling framework for braid representation

Petras Vestartas
Research Assistant 

Petras’ focus is computational simulation of braided structures


David Andres Leon
Research Assistant (03.2016 – 03.2017)

David’s focus was actuation of braided structures and embedded computation

Ashkan Cheheltan
Intern (03.2016 – 08.2016)

Ashkan’s focus was braided structures

Teodor Petrov
CITAstudio Master’s Student (02.2016 – 08.2016) 

Teodor’s focus was soft-robot design and prototyping

Morten Gylling-Jørgensen
Academic Officer (01.2014 – 11.2015)

Morten was our interface to the
KADK Research Administration