Henry David Louth | Zaha Hadid Architects, Computation and Design Research Group (ZH CODE)
LA Reg. Architect, NCARB, LEED AP
Henry is a computational designer and design lead with the Computation and Design Research Group (ZHCODE). He has over 13 years of professional experience in the AEC industry and has been with ZHA since 2014. He is a registered US architect and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Previously he worked in the US overseeing fast track deliveries, and facilitating retailer rollouts. Henry now leads the residential efforts and special projects within ZHCODE. He has worked on various structures, installations, exhibitions, and products globally. He was a designer for the Mathematics:The Winton Maths Gallery, Science Museum, London, coordinating systems integration in freeform wall surfaces, and developing parametrically generated and robotically hot wire cut UHPC benches. He led the concept design and delivery for Thallus an experimental 3d printed structure exhibited at Milan Design Week 2017. Henry led concept design and development for Volu prefabricated dining pavilion exhibited at Miami Art Basel in 2015. Beginning with ZHCODE’s contribution in the Zaha Hadid Retorspective Exhibition in Venice, Henry has led the ZHCODE’s content contributions and curation in invited exhibitions since. Most recently, Henry led the design and coordination for Roatan Prospera developing a digital platform for ecologically and economically sustainable housing development on a remote island on coastal and hillside terrain.
Henry has studied architecture at Louisiana State University and Architectural Association Design Research Lab in London. He completed his B.Arch in 2007 and earned his M.Arch from AADRL in 2014.
Teaching Workshops Lectures
Henry has conducted workshops and short courses on various topics ranging from applied research, to geometry and construction for each Architectural Association Visiting School (AAVS) ‘14, The Association of Computer Aided Architectural Design in Asia (CAADRIA) ‘18, and Digital Futures ’20. He is a published researcher in the International Journal Rapid Manufacture and conference paper contributor to SimAUD ‘15, Fabricate’17, and the Design Modelling Symposium’19.
Research in Practice
Henry’s research examines residential housing domain problems, innovations in digital design and manufacture, as well as fabrication aware geometry and material processing. His ambitions aim to leverage digital tools and processes to develop, empower, and deliver early stage design assist tools for designers and end-users. Henry is an avid proponent of making and prototyping in practice.
Henry’s computational design interests include computational geometry, structural optimisation, design for manufacture (DfMA), digital simulation and approximation of natural processes, and parametric detailing. In addition Henry is curve crease folding (CCF) enthusiast. His inquisitive perspective and problem solving approach provides a novel yet pragmatic lens on digital design, modelling, parametric detailing, and fabrication.