Since its creation in 2014, the LNA has been led by a team of teachers and researchers who are particularly interested in the development of digital culture in architecture.

To support this evolution of architectural practices, a multi-transdisciplinary team (architects, mathematicians, geographers) is developing an integrated research of information management through the fields of BIM, 3D scanning and parametric architecture. Since 2017, the LNA has been the initiator of the university certificate “Building Information Modeling for small and medium-sized structures”.

Through two research projects supervised by Prof. Sylvie Jancart, the LNA studies the correlation between digital practices and circularity in architecture.

The first research led by Amélie Halbach focuses on “BIM as-build and Design for Deconstruction”:


This study questions the relevance of the combination of Design for Deconstruction (DfD) and Building Information Model (BIM) by means of a series of retrospective interviews and online survey. The objective is to identify the specific problems and solutions found by a group of forerunners. We also study practices that maximize the future reuse of new materials and components. In particular, it attempts to demonstrate how BIM and its complementarity with material passports maintained throughout the life cycle of a building can encourage and facilitate the reuse of materials and equipment. The integration of BIM tools and material passports would make it possible to study the technical feasibility and economic profitability of different scenarios for selective deconstruction and reuse on or off site in order to facilitate the pre-demolition audit.

The second research led by Charlotte Dautremont concerns the correlation between BIM and systemic sustainability in architecture:


This research project is part of a dynamic of sustainable development in the construction sector. Its purpose is to objective the development of a systemic methodology for valuing sustainability in architecture through the BIM process collaborative. The first phase of this methodology will make it possible to determine the sustainability dimension of a project according to sustainable objectives (building energetic performance, circularity, well-being, pollution etc.). In the second phase, the defined objectives will constitute the project’s roadmap and will be progressively specified, according to the phases and scales of the project studied.


Circular Economy, Resource Recovery, Design for Deconstruction, BIM, Material Passport, systemic sustainability, parametric design