Matias del Campo’s interest in bringing artificial intelligence into the field of architecture started in conversations in 1996 with those at the Artificial Intelligence Institute in Vienna, the town where he was raised. “I saw the possibilities,” says del Campo, an associate professor at Taubman College.
At that time, those possibilities were completely theoretical since there was no large-scale machine learning. More than two decades later, del Campo has spent the past few years researching and developing applications in the fast-advancing field of artificial intelligence that are making significant contributions to the field of architecture. He directs the University of Michigan’s Architecture and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which was founded in January 2021 and brings together faculty from robotics and computer science, as well as Ph.D. and graduate students from computer science and architecture.