Workshop Winter 2015

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Digital Modeling Workshop | Freeform 3D in Maya

17 December 2015  | 9am-4pm

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA



Henry David Louth | Zaha Hadid Architects,  CoDe Group

LA Reg. Architect, NCARB, LEED AP

Henry is a computational designer at Zaha Hadid Architects, London as part of the Computation and Design ( co|de) research group. He has been a registered Architect in the USA since 2011 as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. Since 2006, he has worked professionally on projects and installation types across various university campuses located in Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, California, Illinois, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

He earned his Bachelors in Architecture with honors distinction in 2007 from Louisiana State University (LSU) and subsequently practiced professionally before receiving his Masters from the Architectural Association Design Research Lab (DRL) in 2014. His Masters thesis, Swim Thames, researched generative aggregation methods tailored in situ to tidal landscapes.

Henry’s current research speculates on curved folding thickened surfaces and structural optimisation techniques and applications. He is a published research contributor in the proceedings of Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD 2015). In addition Henry has taught and presented in each India, UK, and the USA on various architectural topics ranging from sustainability, to construction, to geometric theory.

Currently, he is a ZHA project team member on each the London Science Museum, Mathematics Gallery (SCM Maths Gallery Animation) and the Volu Dining Pavilion (Volu_Animation) recently unveiled at Design Miami 2015.

Rhett Clement | makeBR

By day you’ll find Rhett reverse engineering software and in his free time, he’s diving from one maker project to the next. Baton Rouge has been his home for over twenty years and he’s excited to participate in the flourishing pool of local talent. With over seventeen years of professional experience in software and technology he’s racked up lot’s of experience wearing a variety of hats. In the fall of 2014, Rhett founded, an organization committed to the development of the maker movement in Baton Rouge. In the last year Rhett has enjoyed working with other makers and artists on exhibits for P.3+BR (Prospect), Surreal Salon, the New Orleans Robot Parade, Luna Fete and the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire.


An introduction to polygon mesh modeling in Maya.


1. Understand the conceptual parameters of mesh modeling versus other geometric modeling software, filetypes, and methods. Discussion of usage advantages and disadvantages to creatives.

2. Discussion of geometric principles, acuity, operation history, and polygon structure effects on downstream file processing and production methods.

3. Present case study examples of compound curvature input both digital and analogue as well as industry standard output and fabrication technologies.

3. Exploration via team based modeling work session in Maya.

Fees: $ 110 usd per person. Limited seating available.

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CPU requirements:

Laptop (PC or MAC) with Maya v.2013, 14, 15 installed. Academic & trial period software available for free download from Autodesk HERE.

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