Shajay Bhooshan

Shajay Bhooshan

Associate Director
Zaha Hadid Architects

Since joining Zaha Hadid Architects in 2007, Shajay has specialised in the conception and production of architecture: from theoretical discourses to manufacturing technologies. As an expert in computation, Shajay also has specialised knowledge in programming, mathematics – especially geometry and optimisation methods, and computer-controlled industrial machines including industrial robotics. Shajay is co-founder of CODE, ZHA’s computational design research group. CODE has made key contributions to computational platforms, talent development and architectural design at ZHA, especially related to architectural application and articulation of shell structures.

Shajay completed his Bachelor of Architecture at the Indrapastra Open University in India and his Master’s degree from the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 2006. He earned an MPhil from the University of Bath in 2016 and is now working on his PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.


Panel discussion: What can the AEC industry expect from USD?
Universal Scene Description (USD) is best known as Pixar’s lightweight data format for transferring scenes between their animation teams. It’s worked extremely well for that intended purpose. Over the last few years USD has been championed by NVIDIA as a seamless solution for CDE data wrangling and collaborative working on the web. USD has since been adopted by firms such as Autodesk and Siemens as a possible data format for internal and external data sharing. Pixar has agreed to let the industry advance USD’s development to better cater to other vertical markets, including Mechanical CAD (MCAD) and AEC. This result in the creation of the AOUSD – Alliance for Open USD, which will extend USD to better serve AEC with relevant metadata and capabilities and expand its architecture to suit streamed cloud environments. While the AOUSD was created last year, the number of firms supporting this initiative has been rapidly expanding and looks set to be a core AEC format in the future, with a targeted aim of ISO standardisation. AT NXT DEV we will quiz the key firms behind the AOUSD on what kinds of capabilities we can expect to see added to USD with regards to the AEC community, how they envisage it being used? How will it compare to IFC?
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