Lab for Environmental Design Strategies is an architectural research practice founded 2008 by Daniel Koehler and Rasa Navasaityte.
Departing from parts, the practice investigates through computation towards ecological, inclusive forms of architectural environments.

Daniel Koehler
is an architect, urbanist, researcher, and co-founder of lab-eds. He is an assistant professor for architecture computation in the School of Architecture at UT Austin. Dr. Koehler teaches courses on architecture computation, city architecture, and the design of distributive technologies at urban scale. Before joining UT Austin, Daniel directed one of the research clusters at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture in London, where he also coordinated the theory module of the Urban Design Master Program. Furthermore, Daniel was a postdoctoral research fellow at Innsbruck University. He has taught at several institutions, among them the Aalto University in Espoo Finland, Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania, and the University of East London. Daniel has studied Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and he completed his PhD at Innsbruck University. His work has been exhibited in Prague, Milan, Venice, Graz, Montreal, London, and is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He is the author of “The Mereological City”, a study on the part-relationships between architecture and its city in the modern period. His current research focuses on the implications of artificial intelligence, on the design practice of cities and their architecture.

Rasa Navasaityte is an architect, researcher, and co-founder of the design practice lab-eds. She is a Lecturer for Architecture Design at UT Austin School of Architecture. Rasa Navasaityte teaches courses in research by design, architecture composition, and the implications of computation on housing and the city’s ecologies. Her recent design research focuses on implementing circular design strategies that allow for decarbonizing urban areas by including environmental contexts and opening collaborative opportunities. She aims for close-knit communities, and circular economies weaved into existing cities. Her design approach explores architectural forms of contribution through three-dimensional synergies and atmospheres embracing existing communities. Before joining UT Austin, Rasa led the Large City Architecture Research Cluster at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture in London, part of the Postgraduate Program. Furthermore, Rasa was a Research Fellow at Innsbruck University. She held workshops and design studios at the Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania and the University of East London. Rasa studied Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where she completed her master’s degree with distinction, at the Studio Hadid. Her work has been exhibited at the Experimental Architecture Biennale in Prague, and in Innsbruck, Graz, Vilnius, Fort Worth, London, and Austin. She currently works on her Ph.D. “Between the Parts” contributing to an architectural framework of ecological form at urban scales.


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