In 2015, the CAAD Futures Conference, a platform for the highest level research discussions in the field of Computer Aided Architectural Design, will be held, for the first time, in South America, in the lively megalopolis of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In order to establish a connection to local issues, the theme of the conference will be The next city.

The city of Sao Paulo was torn down and almost completely rebuilt twice, from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s, evolving from a city built in rammed-earth to a city built in bricks and then to a city built in concrete. In the 21st century, with the widespread use of digital technologies both in the design and the production of the built space, cities are changing even faster, in terms of layout, materials, shapes, textures, production methods and, above all, in terms of the information that is now embedded in built systems. We invite architects, urban designers, computer scientists, engineers and other researchers interested in contemporary issues to join us in this exciting discussion about how the next cities and their buildings will look like, behave and function.

Subjects may address, but are not limited to: theories of design in the digital age, design cognition, algorithmic and parametric design, data analytics, performance-based design, building information modeling, augmented and virtual reality, fabrication technologies, smart buildings, smarts cities, CAAD curriculum, shape & form studies, modeling & simulation, digital aids to design creativity, human-computer interaction, collaborative design, etc.

We look forward to seeing you in Sao Paulo!


The process will start with the submission of 500-word abstracts. The submission of abstracts is mandatory, but its acceptance does not guarantee the acceptance of the final papers. Accepted abstracts will receive feedback from our scientific committee to guide paper development  and their likely acceptance as short or long papers. Abstracts are due by  October 10th, 2014, and will be done exclusively through our Open Conference system at


  • October 10/2014 Submission of abstracts (mandatory)
  • November 7/2014 Feedback on abstracts
  • February 2/2015 Submission of full papers
  • March 3/2015 Notification of papers acceptance or probable acceptance
  • April 3/2015 Submission of revised papers
  • April 10/2015 Notification of papers final acceptance
  • February 2-April 17/2015 Early registration (Papers will be published only if at least one author registers by May 29)
  • May 25-29/2015 Workshop registration
  • July 6-7/2015 Workshops
  • July 8-10/2015 Conference


  • Arivaldo Leão Amorim | Universidade Federal da Bahia
  • Axel Kilian | Princeton University
  • Caroline Bos | UN Studio
  • Jane Burry | Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory
  • João Rocha | Universidade de Évora
  • Milos Dimcic | Programming Architecture

For more information, please visit our website at

If you have any questions please write to caadfutures2015 [at]



  • Gabriela Celani, University of Campinas (chair)
  • Arivaldo Leão Amorim,  Federal University of Bahia
  • David Moreno Sperling,  University of São Paulo
  • Regina Coeli Ruschel, University of Campinas
  • Pedro Veloso, PhD Candidate, University of São Paulo
  • Maycon Sedrez, PhD Candidate, University of Campinas


  • David Moreno Sperling, University of São Paulo (chair)
  • Pablo C. Herrera, Peruvian University of Applied Sciences


  • Pedro Veloso, PhD Candidate, University of São Paulo (chair)
  • Helena Aparecida Ayoub Silva, University of São Paulo
  • Arthur Hunold Lara, University of São Paulo