Built By Data

TU Berlin | Fak VI | Institut für Architektur
FG Städtebau und Nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung
CHORA Conscious City | A30 | Raum 609
Straße des 17. Juni 152 | DE-10623 Berlin 


BuiltbyData is built on cybernetic principles of feedback, learning and emergence using IoT methods, hard- and software.

Innovation Activity​


Built by Data is a project aiming at closing gaps within the digital workflow from design to material choice, construction and production for the architecture and construction industry. The goal is to improve architectural design, buildings and the urban environment through the integration of sensors and evaluation methods using big data analysis, local sensor feedback and the active integration of human users.


In this first phase we are developing a POE Post-Occupancy Evaluation tool to complement our data sets deriving from building performance simulation and real-time data collection and analysis. Built by Data is funded through the European funding line EIT – European Institute of Innovation and Technology – as part of the Research Funding program H2020 – Horizon 2020.


Built by Data is an interdisciplinary project interweaving parametric architecture, engineering, IoT and human centered design.


Built By Data: a closed-loop digital design workflow for building construction

The building construction process is time-consuming; each function, from design to production and construction, follows a linear workflow with a large portion of tasks being carried out manually.

Federico Guerrini

Built By Data: Nahtlos digital im Bauwesen

In der Digitalisierung über den gesamten Produktlebenszyklus sind viele Branchen dem Bauwesen weit voraus. Die Initiative Built By Data zielt nun darauf, einen nahtlosen digitalen Prozess vom Ende der Designphase bis zur Gebäudenutzung zu definieren.

AutoCAD Magazin

ThisWeekinFM.com : Built by Data

The initial design phase is usually digital and agile, however even the design process in the architecture and construction sector is significantly slower than in other industries. Just think of the automotive or manufacturing sectors, where automation and digitisation play key roles throughout the entire production process.


Auf Daten Errichtet

Planen, bauen, betreiben – fünf Prozent der Wertschöpfung in Deutschland werden durch die Baubranche erbracht. Die digitale Revolution verspricht auch hier Chancen für alle, die der Entwicklung aufgeschlossen begegnen. Worauf es ankommt: Kooperation.

IHK Schleswig-Holstein

Method & Technology

In the various phases of the looped process we are applying content and task-specific methods using the most appropriate instruments. Instruments, methods and tools combine the analog and digital world in design, fabrication, construction, monitoring, evaluating and feeding back into the design process for the next iteration, a next project. In the first stage we analyze the problem, depict the situation, internal and external parameters and start asking questions. Two relevant methods are the acts of learning and adapting – only then innovation can flourish and result in a successful project. A further method is the interweaving of preset linear processes with novel dynamic algorithmic processes and surprisingly architectural outcomes. During the design process we combine digital geo-data analysis with parametric design and algorithmic optimization tools, the fabrication process is fully digitized. The final product will be evaluated through statistical big data analysis of performance by an integration of human feedback and sensoric data collection. A ML/AI component is planned.

BuiltByData Workflow Diagram

Built By Data EIT Digital Factsheet


Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects.

Sensors and Raspberry Pi

A small and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming.

Data Analytics
Data visualization is the transformation of raw numerical data into graphic form. We use data visualization as tool for communication of information.

Technische Universität Berlin

Projectmanagement, Principle Investigator Liss C. Werner, Institute of Architecture, Chair of Urban Sustainable Planning and Design, CHORA Conscious City, Chair: Prof. Raoul Bunschoten

Arup Berlin

Arup Berlin branch acts as consultant for tne project in respect to structural design, digital and material innovation and engineering.

Aalto University

Aalto University is partner for IoT and sensor integration, development, data analysis and Machine Learning. Lead by Prof. Dr. Jan Holmström, Chair of Operations Management. Researchers: Dr. Siavash Khajavi Dr. Naser Motlagh Hossain


SANTER REPLY act as amplifier for the project to make it ready for the market. They are project Business Champion, will integrate IoT big data sets and develop the POS (Post-Occupancy Survey) tool as a first product for the closed-loop digital design process.

Parametric Support

Parametric Support is a Berlin based digital start-up focusing on the application of swarm algorithms for optimization. Adrian Krezlik, Director, oversees the optimization process and integratjon into the project BuiltByData.

Project Team at TU Berlin​

Liss C. Werner
Lab Leader, computational architecture and cybernetics

Suryaveer Patnaik
Data Analysis and Development

Stephanie Holzheu
Media Architecture and Sensoric

Sarath Sasidharan
Data Analytics

Muhammad Sobh
Graphics and Communication


Liss C. Werner
Assist. Professor
computational architecture and cybernetics

TU Berlin | Fak VI | Institut für Architektur
FG Städtebau und Nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung
CHORA Conscious City | A30 | Raum 609
Straße des 17. Juni 152 | DE-10623 Berlin

+49 30 314-26122