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Thornton Tomasetti, VisualARQ, and Populous, presenting at the June 2024 Grasshopper UK UGM.

Join Simply Rhino at Thornton Tomasetti, London, for the latest Grasshopper UK Community User Meeting, with presentations from our hosts, TT, and invited guests, Populous, and VisualARQ.

At the meeting we’ll have our presentations followed by an audience Q&A with all our presenters. Attendees are then invited to stay on for conversation and networking opportunities with the UK Grasshopper community as we all gather and have a drink together.

  • Date: Wednesday 12th June 2024
  • Time: 18:30-20:30
  • Location: Thornton Tomasetti, 2nd floor, 12-16 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5PQ
  • Booking: The meeting is free to attend but you need to book your place to join us

Meeting Introduction

Meeting introduction – Paul Cowell from the Grasshopper UK Meeting organisers, Simply Rhino.


Presentation 1 | Jeroen Janssen and Weiting Kong from Thornton Tomasetti
Photo realistic render of a tower style building constructed of geometric pods that are joined together. People can be seen within the windows of the pods. In the foreground we see people walking to and from the building and there are trees either side.
©Studio Tomás Saraceno

Grasshopper, a common language?

At Thornton Tomasetti we’re an international firm of 1,700 engineers, scientists, and sustainability experts, who design, analyse and optimise structures, neighbourhoods, infrastructure, systems and tools.

The presentation will focus on how we collaborate with wider design teams and our internal engineering teams on complex projects, showcasing examples like the Qiddiya City Esports Arena designed with Populous, and Cloud City in Aalborg with Studio Tomás Saraceno, and how Rhino and Grasshopper becomes the common language of communication.

Image ©Thornton Tomasetti
Headshot photo of Jeroen Janssen

Jeroen Janssen is Associate Director at Thornton Tomasetti (TT) and is leading the CORE studio team in London. CORE is TT’s Research and Development incubator, enabling collaboration with project teams and industry colleagues to drive change and innovation. With his architectural background, Jeroen is actively embedded within complex geometric projects in TT. Besides that, he focuses on the design of microclimates for urban spaces. Via in-house developed digital tools for wind simulations and solar and thermal radiation studies, complex urban scenarios are optimised for providing comfortable outdoor spaces from the earliest outset of the architectural or masterplanning design process.

Headshot photo of Weiting Kong.

Weiting Kong is a Structural Engineer at Thornton Tomasetti where she advances digital workflows for delivering complex engineering solutions. She studied Civil Engineering at University College London and Emergent Technologies and Design at the Architectural Association. Her current focus is on developing engineer-driven digital solutions as part of the engineering design process, including streamlined workflows, design automation and optimisation, complex geometry rationalisation and digital fabrication.


Presentation 2 | Francesc Salla from VisualARQ
A landscape marketing banner for VisualARQ 3. It shows the words of the product at the top and under it is a bending curved wall with a door in it.

New VisualARQ 3 features for Grasshopper – We will see an overview of how VisualARQ integrates with Grasshopper, and the amazing possibilities this combination of tools offers for data management automation, parametric design with BIM objects, running VisualARQ inside Revit, creating dynamic blocks, or using VisualARQ with the Grasshopper player. We will also see the new VisualARQ 3 features related to Grasshopper. How VisualARQ 3 enhances the possibilities of creating dynamic blocks with the Grasshopper styles.

Headshot photo of Francesc Salla.

Francesc Salla is an Architect by ETSAV (UPC) and Product Manager of VisualARQ and Lands Design, software plugins for BIM and Landscape Design for Rhinoceros 3D developed by Asuni in Barcelona. Francesc has given innumerable presentations and training of VisualARQ and Lands Design worldwide, participating in several events and Conferences where the latest techniques and projects of architecture, BIM, and design have been presented.


Presentation 3 | Felipe Oeyen from Populous
The Populous Logo - the word Populous in black capital letters.

Qiddiya City Esports Arena Façade Design

An aerial photo showing a rendered view of the proposed Qiddiya City Esports Arena in Saudi Arabia.
Image: ©Populous

Populous is a global design firm spanning four continents, in its four decades of experience it has designed thousands of projects from stadia and arenas to airports. On this occasion, the presentation is going to show part of the façade design development process for the Qiddiya City Esports Arena in Saudi Arabia.

A rendered view of the Qiddiya City Esports Arena in Saudi Arabia.
Image: ©Populous
Headshot photo of Felipe Oeyen.

Felipe Oeyen works as a Computational Designer doing façade design at Populous and as a Studio Tutor at the Emergent Technologies and Design postgraduate course. He graduated as an Architect in the University of Buenos Aires and holds an M.Arch in Emergent Technologies and Design from the AA awarded with distinction. He has served as a teaching fellow at the University of Buenos Aires in the areas of Architectural History and Architectural Design. His main research interest is in computational design, digital fabrication and participatory design processes.


The Grasshopper UK User Group Meetings are Organised by Simply Rhino


Meeting Sponsored by Chaos and BEAM