Andrew Payne

Andrew is a registered architect who is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.  Andrew received his Masters of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in May of 2005.  Prior to that, he studied architecture at Clemson University where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in 2002. Andrew’s work explores embedded computation and parametric design and he has lectured and taught workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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In 2010, Andrew and Jason Kelly Johnson published Firefly - an extension to the Grasshopper interface – combining a specialized set of components with a novel communication protocol (called the Firefly Firmata or Firmware) which together enable real-time interaction between physical computing devices and the parametric plug-in for Rhino. It allows near real-time data flow between the digital and physical worlds, and will read/write data to/from remote sensors and actuators, internet feeds, web cams, and more.  As of 2011, Andrew is the lead researcher and developer of Firefly’s new X control tools.  His doctoral research at the GSD will explore how recent advancements in technology can help architects create more intelligent spaces and systems that have a capacity to meet changing individual, social, and environmental demands.

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