BA, Architecture, Auburn University, 2005
BA, Interior Architecture, Auburn University, 2005
MS, Architecture, Digital Design & Fabrication, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014
Ph.D., Architecture, Design Computation, Georgia Institute of Technology, current
Heather Ligler is an architect and design researcher interested in how generative and parametric design both provide a new computational basis for architecture. She currently is Studio Instructor in the School of Architecture for the Freshman Studio.
Heather is also a doctoral student in the Design Computation concentration in the School. Her ongoing research investigates the evolution of John Portman’s architectural language from his 1964 Atlanta residence, Entelechy I, to his emblematic atrium hotels all over the world. Additionally, Heather is a research assistant in the Shape Computation Lab and a teaching assistant for the Art & Architecture in Greece & Italy Study Abroad Program.
Heather is a registered architect in the State of Georgia and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Previously, Heather practiced for 6 years with John Portman & Associates (2007-2013), where she was a Project Architect for international projects including the Expo Hotel Complex in Shanghai, China; the Park Hyatt Hotel in Hyderabad, India; and the TVH Entelechy Residences in Chennai, India. Prior to working for Portman, she also worked as an architectural designer in the Atlanta offices of Gensler (2007) and Cooper Carry (2005-2006).
Ligler H and Economou A, 2016. “Entelechy Revisited: On the Generative Specification of John Portman’s Architectural Language.” Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design: 0265813516676489.
Ligler H and Economou T, 2015. “Lost in Translation: Towards an Automated Description of John Portman’s Domestic Architecture.” Blucher Design Proceedings, 2(3), 657-661.
Ligler H and Economou A, 2015. “Entelechy I: Towards a Formal Specification of John Portman’s Domestic Architecture.” Proceedings of the 33rd eCAADe Conference, Martens B., Wurzer G., Grasl T., Lorenz W.E., and Schaffranek, R (eds), Volume 1, 445-452.
Shape Grammars, Generative, and Parametric Design;
Languages of Design, Style, and Building Typology;
Visual Thinking, Design Process, and Representation;
History and Theory of Architectural Design