Computational Topology Optimization

for Designing Compression-Only Masonry/Earthy Buildings

Background and aim:

Masonry/Earthy structures can be made with sustainable materials while offering strong structural properties, especially if designed as compression-only structures. Optimal masonry structures might take complex geometric shapes that present architectural design and structural validation challenges. We aim to develop computational methods & tools for automatic generation of valid structural forms.

Research question:

  • How to computationally generate valid designs for compression-only brick/masonry structures?

Design objective:

  • To design and prototype a topology optimization tool for designing masonry structures.


  • Topology Optimization (req. Calculus, Linear Algebra, etc.)
  • Computational Topology & Geometry
  • Finite Element Method
  • Computer Programming (Python)