Patrick Tierney, educated as an architect (MArch, Princeton University; BA UCLA) and working as a software engineer at Autodesk, embodies one model for the synthesis of designer and toolmaker. Tierney’s projects at Autodesk, DesignScript and Dynamo, enable architects to both manage the complex workflows generated in cross-disciplinary BIMs, as well as challenge existing graphical programming systems with a novel, hybrid visual and textual programming language. Tierney contributed a new geometry engine enabling Revit and Dynamo Studio to create freeform NURBS geometry.
Tierney is currently developing tools for multivariable fabrication and construction optimization. He works closely with architects, engineers, fabricators and contractors to develop prefabrication cost models at various stages of the design process.
Tierney has also developed methods to integrate social media and online content into architectural fabrication. A project featured at the Lisbon Triennale used custom software to produce thousands of dye-sublimated tiles, created from user-submitted photos, for a two story facade.
In addition to his roles at Autodesk, Tierney has collaborated on architectural installations at the Jai & Jai Gallery, Los Angeles. His work has been published in the Architectural Review, Pidgin, and Wired.