The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)[1] (founded in 1996) provides a platform for CAAD-related academics and professionals to share experiences, best practices, and results in education and research in Asia and beyond.


The Association has been created with several objectives. It aims to facilitate dissemination of information about CAAD amongst Asian Schools of Architecture, Planning, Engineering, & Building Sciences in Asia, and encourage the exchange of software, courseware, experiences and staff/students amongst schools. It conducts several activities to identify research and development needs specific to CAAD education and initiate collaboration to satisfy them, and promote research and teaching in CAAD which enhances creativity rather than simply production technologies.



Membership to the association is open to individuals (teachers, researchers, students, and architects) and institutions (universities, libraries), either as active member (someone who attends the conference) or as sponsor member. Typically, one becomes an individual member through attending and registering at a CAADRIA conference, or by applying for membership to the secretariat. Institutions in Asia, Australia and New Zealand can apply for institutional membership and gain access to CumInCAD database.

Membership lasts for one year, and gives access to digital proceedings of CAADRIA, email announcements of forthcoming events of interest and one vote at the Annual General Meeting of CAADRIA.

Executive Committee

CAADRIA is governed by an Administrative Council elected by the membership. Responsibility for organisation, administration and guidance of the association is delegated to the Executive Committee by virtue of the election of the officers. Membership of the Council is restricted to members working in countries within the Asia Pacific region; term of office is two years. There is an annual general meeting (normally convened during the annual conference) at which the business of the association is agreed by the membership. This forum is considered the highest level of authority and shall be the only one with the power to amend the charter of CAADRIA.


The Secretariat is composed of volunteer staff, with a limited budget being made available through membership dues and supervised by the Executive Committee.

List of Presidents

Period Name Institution
2012 - Tomohiro Fukuda Osaka University, Japan
2010-2012 Andrew I-Kang Li The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2008-2010 Marc Aurel Schnabel University of Sydney, Australia
2004-2008 Bharat Dave University of Melbourne, Australia
2002-2004 Aleppo Yu-Tung Liu National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan
1998-2002 Jin-Yeu Tsou The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1996-1998 Thomas Kvan University of Hong Kong


List of Conferences

The annual conference is the main event organised under the auspices of the association. It is organised by a member in good standing, who volunteers for the organisation. The organiser is supported by members of the administrative council, in particular the conference liaison. Over the years, the association has developed the policy to circulate the conference location in such a way that southern, eastern, western, and northern parts of Europe are reached regularly – although this principle can only be maintained on the basis of available organisers. In the past years, the following CAADRIA conferences have been organised:

Year Place Institution Proceedings
2013 Singapore School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore
2012 Chennai, India School of Architecture, Hindustan University ISBN 978-988-19026-3-4
2011 Newcastle, Australia School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle ISBN 978-988-19026-2-7
2010 Hong Kong, SAR The School of Architecture & Institute of Space & Earth Information Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong ISBN 978-988190261-0
2009 Yunlin, Taiwan Department of Digital Media Design and Graduate School of Computational Design, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology ISBN 978-986-01-8080-0
2008 Chiang Mai, Thailand Faculty of Architecture; Chiang Mai University
2007 Nanjing, China Southeast University and Nanjing University ISBN 978-7-5641-0925-7
2006 Kumamoto, Japan School of Architecture and Civil Engineering; Kumamoto University ISBN 4-907662-01-7
2005 New Delhi, India TVB School of Habitat Studies; Indraprastha University ISBN 81-902816-0-7 (set)
2004 Seoul, Korea Institute of Millennium Environmental Design and Research; Yonsei University and The Korean Housing Association ISBN 89-7141-648-3
2003 Bangkok, Thailand Rangsit University ISBN 974-9584-13-9
2002 Cyberjaya, Malaysia Faculty of Creative Multimedia; Multimedia University Malaysia ISBN 983-2473-42-X
2001 Sydney, Australia Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition, Faculty of Architecture; University of Sydney ISBN 1-86487-096-6
2000 Singapore Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA), School of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Real Estate; National University of Singapore ISBN 981-04-2491-4
1999 Shanghai, China College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Tonji University ISBN 7-5439-1233-3
1998 Osaka, Japan Sasada Laboratory, Department of Environmental Engineering; Osaka University ISBN 4-907662-00-9
1997 Hsintsu, Taiwan Architecture Group, Graduate School of Applied Arts; National Chiao-Tung University ISBN 957-575-057-8
1996 Hong Kong HKU Department of Architecture; The University of Hong Kong ISBN 962-7757-03-9



Each year the conference papers are gathered into a proceedings publication which is distributed to members, and available to the public via the organization's web site.


CumInCAD[2] is a cumulative index of publications about computer-aided architectural design. Full texts, in PDF, of CAADRIA proceedings are available through this archive. Public CumInCAD records are available via an Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) feed and records are available via multiple bibliographic archives and citation indexes online.[3][4][5]

International Journal of Architectural Computing

The International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC)[6] is an international, peer-reviewed academic journal in the area of CAAD. This journal was established as an international collaboration between the sister organisations and continues to be supported by those sister organisations, representatives of which are members of the editorial board. It is produced quarterly, both in print and online, and a special rate of subscription is available to all members of CAADRIA.

Awards and Fellowships


Tee Sasada Award

The Sasada Award is instituted in the memory of Professor Tsuyoshi Sasada (1941-2005), Emeritus Professor at Osaka University, as well as co-founder and Fellow of CAADRIA. This award is given to an individual whose sustained record of contributions demonstrates or promises significant impact on the field of computer-aided design. In keeping with Tee’s spirit, the award recipient should have contributed to the next generation of researchers and academics, to the wider profession and practice in computer-aided design and research, and earned recognition in the peer community. The Sasada Award is announced and presented at the annual CAADRIA conference. The Award supports the winner to undertake an academic visit at the Osaka Lab and covers return airfare, accommodation and meals for one week. The Award recipient is expected to contribute to the academic and research activities at the Osaka Lab in the form of seminars and interaction with research students and staff.

Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award Committee is organized at the conference site by the Exco member in charge of awards. The Site Coordinator identifies two local members who are appropriately qualified to join this committee. All papers printed in proceedings and presented at the conference are eligible for this award. The paper is awarded on the basis of the clarity of writing, good structure and argument, contribution to the field, a good conclusion, contribution and relevance to CAADRIA, use of appropriate illustrations and tables, and appropriate references.

Best Presentation Award

The Best Presentation Award Committee is organized at the conference site by the Exco member in charge of awards. The Site Coordinator identifies two local members who are appropriately qualified to join this committee. Only presentations made by one of the authors are eligible for this award. The presentations are awarded on the basis of: good use of time, how well-paced they are, good use of appropriate media, delivery, contribution and relevance to CAADRIA, and how well questions have been handled.

Young CAADRIA Award

Young CAADRIA Award is funded by CAADRIA and consists of a waiver of the conference delegation fees if the abstract is selected for a paper presentation. It is awarded on the basis of the CV provided.

Related Organisations

Sister Organisations

CAADRIA is one of five sister organisations in CAAD worldwide that share the same mission: ACADIA[7] (North America, founded 1981), SIGraDi[8] (Ibero-America, founded 1997), eCAADe[9] (Europe, founded 1983), and ASCAAD[10] (Arabic countries of west Asia, and North Africa, founded 2001).

Other organisations and resources

A strongly related organisation in the area of CAAD is the CAAD Futures Foundation[11] (global scope, founded 1985).

See also

External links

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