Nicole Stöcklmayr Former Research Fellow

Nicole Stöcklmayr
September 2010 - June 2013


Nicole Stöcklmayr has been a member of the research fellow program “Tools of Drafting” since September 2010. In spring 2010 she received a PhD from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where she studied architecture in the studios of Hans Hollein, Greg Lynn and Zaha Hadid. Her dissertation, entitled “Das Architekturbild im digitalen Paradigmenwechsel” (“The Architectural Image in the Digital Paradigm Shift”), examines the status of the image within digital processes of architectural design and was advised by Gabriele Werner and funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Dated from 2013

IKKM Research Project

Models of Phenomena. Parametric Design in Architecture

In the last few years there have been a number of attempts in contemporary architecture to categorize and systemize digital design. Parametric design is thereby based on a technique to assign values and properties to single correlating design parameters, which generate the form. The shape of the design is refreshed and configured without the necessity of repeating the entire design process manually whenever a parameter or the process of generating the form is modified. With the defined design parameters, the underlying model (which is based on a scripted or visual structure) of a design process continuously creates new variations of possible designs. The innovative potential of parametric design lies not only in acceleration and variation, but also in the accurate description, repeatability and optimization of design processes. In this comparative research image-based and script-based models of parametric design are to be examined under the concept of “models of phenomena” known from science studies. The term ‘phenomenon’ designates artifacts as well as processes. Here, the focus is placed on a semantic definition of models that will clarify the question of how the difference can be determined between program structure, iconicity and model character. Such a specification provides a comprehension of the alternating ratio between morphogenesis, visualization and modeling. With case studies, a basis will be created so that the change in function and meaning of digital media in architectural design can be clarified.



Constructions and Reconstructions. The Architectural Image between Rendering and Photography, in: PhotoResearcher 18 (2012), S. 69-77.
Move(ns). Zum Bildtransfer in der Architektur, in: Martina Baleva, Ingeborg Reichle, Oliver Lerone Schultz (Hg.), Image Match. Visueller Transfer, ›Imagescapes‹ und Intervisualität in globalen Bildkulturen, München: Fink, 2012, S. 193-211.
Diagrammatische Visualisierung als ästhetische Information, in: Kristian Faschingeder, Kari Jormakka, Norbert Korrek, Olaf Pfeifer, Gerd Zimmermann (Hg.), Architecture in the Age of Empire. 11th International Bauhaus-Colloquium / Die Architektur der neuen Weltordnung. 11. Internationales Bauhaus-Kolloquium, Weimar: Bauhaus-Universität, 2011, S. 610-621.
Das digitale Bild des Architekturentwurfs, in: Gerald Bast, Florian Bettel, Barbara Hollendonner (Hg.), uni*vers. Junge Forschung in Wissenschaft und Kunst, Wien: Springer, 2010, S. 59-69.
Architektur ohne Maßstab. Digitale Visualisierungen im Entwurfsprozess, in: Ingeborg Reichle, Steffen Siegel (Hg.), Maßlose Bilder. Visuelle Ästhetik der Transgression, München: Fink, 2009, S. 279-294.


Les Halles, Paris, in: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher (Hg.): Total Fluidity: Studio Zaha Hadid, Projects 2000 - 2010 University of Applied Arts Vienna, Wien: Springer, 2011, S. 209.
Controllable Complexity (zus. mit Andrea König), in: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher (Hg.), Total Fluidity: Studio Zaha Hadid, Projects 2000 - 2010 University of Applied Arts Vienna, Wien: Springer, 2011, S. 81.
Potato Problem, in: Gerald Bast (Hg.): The Essence 2003. Architektur, Bildende Kunst, Design, Restaurierung,Wissenschaft, Wien: Universität für angewandte Kunst, 2003, unpaginiert.