McNeel Europe organizes a Rhino User Meeting at Aalto University in Helsinki on the 24th January 2019.

Come join us and learn more about state-of-the-art Digital Design and Fabrication.

Get inspiration from industry experts in different fields: Architecture, Engineering, Product Design, Algorithmic Modeling, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Visualization, 3D Printing, Robotic milling, Environmental Analysis, Landscaping, Sculpture, and much more!

Get the latest news about Rhino WIP, Rhino Inside, Rhino Compute, RhinoVR, Grasshopper and food4Rhino.

Watch presentations and get hands-on with live software demonstrations from our exhibitor partners.

Coffee breaks, lunch and networking drinks are included within the ticket price!

Early Bird tickets until January 10, 2019: €65 (then €95)


Carlos Pérez Albà


Carlos Pérez Albà (Barcelona, 19th March 1975) is currently the EMEA Sales, Marketing and Business Development Manager at McNeel, developer of Rhinoceros, one of the most popular 3D Modeling softwares.

Francesc Salla


Francesc Salla is an architect graduated at the ETSAV in 2008 and joined Asuni in 2010. Francesc is the Product Manager of VisualARQ and Lands Design, the two main products of Asuni.

Luka Piškorec studied architecture at the University of Zagreb in Croatia and worked in architectural offices in Croatia and Switzerland. He continued his studies at the ETH Zürich and received his Master of Science in Architecture (MSc ETH Arch) in 2011. During his studies, he concentrated on digital fabrication techniques as well as algorithmic programming procedures applied to architecture. He organized and led multiple international workshops on the related topics. In 2011 he started working as a research assistant at Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich. From 2011 to 2014, he was leading the Chair’s elective course and elective thesis workshops dealing with the development of robotic digital fabrication techniques and their implementation in architectural design. From 2015 to 2017 he was involved in organizing and teaching at the newly formed Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication. In 2015 he co-founded the Zurich based TEN Association, a group dedicated to initiation and promotion of cultural ventures, with which he won the Swiss Art Awards in 2018. Since 2017 he works as Lecturer in Design of Structures at Aalto University in Helsinki.

Bernat Lorente

Bernat Lorente (Barcelona, 1989) is an Architect by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He joined McNeel Europe in 2018, where he works at Sales, Tech Support and Training.
Since 2014, he has been teaching Rhino, Grasshopper and different CAD Softwares at the Polytechnic University and private schools.

Markus Wikar & Toni Österlund

We are a Helsinki-based company specialized on production-oriented data modeling. We enable architects to realize non-standard projects by helping them to bring projects from a construction idea to production. Currently we work with public and private customers both at home in Finland and abroad. Geometria was founded by architects Markus Wikar and Toni Österlund in 2015. Both of us have 10 years of experience from working with the design and realization of complex geometries. Our working background is from architectural practices, private entrepreneurship and from academic teaching and research both at home and abroad.

Zsuzsanna Püspöki

Zsuzsanna Püspöki is the co-founder and COO of Mirrakoi SA (, a CAD company developing a novel modeling kernel for intuitive smooth surface design. Zsuzsanna is leading marketing, sales and business development at Mirrakoi. Under her responsibility Mirrakoi is developing the commercial sales infrastructure, customer support and online distribution channels. Zsuzsanna leads the promotion of Mirrakoi’s technology in industry and at educational institutions such as universities, design schools and CAD training centers. Mirrakoi’s main product, XirusCAD, provides advanced modeling features such as subdivision, fast creation of bridges, Y-branches, smooth surface patches, star-points with G2 or higher continuity and much more. Zsuzsanna holds a PhD in engineering and has additional education in business administration.
René Medel (1976, Chile) is an Industrial Designer (2003), Master of Footwear Innovation (2015, the Netherlands). Working in Germany (since 2016) as 3D Designer inside Birkenstock Group, doing R&D for projects and products using Additive Manufacturing as: FDM, SLA, Binder Jetting and Direct Metal Laser Sintering for Precious Metals. He is a Rhinoceros user since 2000 and Authorized Rhino Trainer (2004, Barcelona). His career has been related to software and hardware for 3D modelling (CAD CAM), digitizing, CNC and 3D Printing focused in design matters as: jewelry, architecture, furniture, product design, packaging and footwear industry. For more then ten years, has driven 3D modelling courses and has been lecturer for several universities and companies from Chile and other countries like: Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico and the Netherlands. He is actually studying “Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production” at MIT xPRO.

Augustin Ceillier

Augustin Ceillier is a French engineer and architect. He graduated from Ecole centrale de Lyon as a civil engineer and from the school of architecture of Lyon as an architect. He joined Ramboll Finland two years ago and pushed the change for parametric workflows within infrastructure projects. He is specialized in conceptual design for infrastructures, complex geometries and setting up parametric workflows for demanding projects.
Francesco De Luca is a researcher and architect. His research and teaching stand at the intersection of architectural design and planning with building performance analysis, environmental and computational design with special regards to urban microclimate, wind, solar, daylight and energy design. He works as Research Scientist at Tallinn University of Technology Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture. He has been appointed Research Assistant and Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of the Sapienza University of Rome and Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture at the Faculty of Landscape Architecture of Tallinn University of Technology Tartu College. He lectured at Oslo School of Architecture, Cornell University and TU Delft among other institutions. He is author of books and papers published in scientific journals and conference proceedings. His work has been selected for presentation at various conferences among which SimAUD, CAAD Futures, eCAADe and ACADIA.
Mr. Hassab is an architectural designer, and specialist in Digital Fabrication & Computational Design, with over 6 years’ experience in Computational design and digital fabrication. He started working with RHINO3D in 2009 (around 9 years ago), when the well-known architect Zaha Hadid was leading the design of the Citadel Capital Headquarter project in Egypt, and he was involved in the project as an intern in ECG (Engineering Consultant Group). During the last four years, Mr. Hassab has been working as a research assistant in the AUC (American University in Cairo) fabrication lab, developing techniques for fabricating double curved surfaces, which was reflected in his master thesis research. His research included the development of a 3D Clay Extruder, adjustable mold, double curved acrylic surface, and 4 plugins on grasshopper for data extraction for fabrication of the double curved transparent surfaces, metal, wooden, or 3D printed using clay. Being a Lecturer assistant at the American university in Cairo (teaching ARCH 473, computational design and fabrication workshop), he led the fabrication of around five pavilions, which were lately requested by the AIA validation of the department as an excellent achievement. In the meanwhile, Mr. Hassab is holding several Rhino3D, Grasshopper, and T-spline workshops in Egypt. On the industry side, Mr. Hassab works for ECG in Egypt as a senior architectural designer. In ECG, he was involved in the design of many mega-projects in the middle east.

Gabriele Sorrento

Co-founder and CEO of Mindesk, background in AEC.

Satu-Minna Suorajärvi

Sculptor and media artist.

Severi Uusitalo

Digital design teacher with some research interests in the field of computational design.

Anna Villafañe

Anna Villafañe graduated in Agriculture and Landscaping by the UPC (Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya) in 2015.
Product Manager of Lands Design software at Asuni.

Anssi Ahonen

Industrial designer (MA), 3D artist and entrepreneur (Ahonen Design Oy), long history in teaching design and CA(I)D.

Andrew Le Bihan

Andrew Le Bihan trained as an architect in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and after a short period in practice, joined McNeel in 2003 as project manager and developer for AccuRender. Since then he has worked on many of the visualisation related features and plug-ins for Rhino, including Brazil, Bongo, Neon as well as the core Rhino visualisation tools.
Nathan Letwory studied Finnish Language and Literature at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Through hobby he started working as a software developer in 2001, working on a wide range of different projects, including embedded devices, TV broadcasting equipment, ticketing systems, a mobile phone operating system and distributed rendering. His interested in 3D got sparked in 2002 with the Blender code base. Finally in 2013 he started working with Andrew Le Bihan to integrate the Cycles render engine in Rhino as the Raytraced display mode.

Mike Spence

Mike studied Geography at Nottingham University and Landscape Architecture at Manchester University. Mike has been a Landscape Architect since 1990 and has worked on major infrastructure projects covering electricity generation and transmission, new town development, tower blocks, off-shore rotor generators, wind farms, university development, port re-development and solar farms. Mike is now a technical advisor to the Landscape Institute (LI) and Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society(RGS). Mike specialises in producing highly accurate visualisations using professional camera equipment, GNSS survey equipment and has been using Rhino 3D since 2002. Mike is a regular participant in Public Inquiries, and gives confidence to the accuracy of the visualisations and how they have been produced. He has worked for Kew Gardens, Bath City Council, Chatsworth House, The National Trust, the Environment Agency, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Oxford University, Durham University and multiple developers and architectural practices.

Mathieu Huard

After graduating from his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Grenoble, Mathieu joined the team of Evolute as a software developer and consultant for the AEC industry, specializing in mesh optimization tools and freeform geometry. In late 2015, along with Mathias Höbinger and Alexander Schiftner, he founded the online platform ShapeDiver. Today Mathieu is Product Owner at ShapeDiver and focuses on turning Grasshopper into the most efficient tool for building 3D web applications, in particular product configurators for all industries.

Oriol Carrasco

Oriol Carrasco is Professor of Digital Tools at IED Barcelona (since 2012), where he also coordinates the computational department; Assistant Professor at IAAC in the Design With Nature research line (since 2013) and Professor in Computational Design at UIC’s School of Architecture (since 2016). He has extensive previous teaching experience at EsArq UIC, Elisava and UEM Valencia, where he has been sharing his computation and fabrication expertise. He studied architecture at the EsArq UIC (honors) and received his Masters degree at Elisava. Currently he is finishing his Ph.D in architecture and engineering, with the thesis entlitled ‘FRP Additive Manufacturing for structural and architectural applications’.
Has been combining teaching and working in the engineering and architectural fields since 2005, collaborating with different studios and companies, developing projects in Europe and South America where getting involved in computational design, prototyping and real scale mock-ups, fabrication methods and construction phases. Founded in 2015 Architechnoid, an architecture firm that provides consulting services in the intersection of architecture, design and technology; always related with contemporary means of production and fabrication. In 2017 CT Ingenieros AEC acquired his former company and at the present time, works almost exclusively as part of the production engineering team that develops Basilica Sagrada Familia.

Paul Cowell

Organizer of Shape To Fabrication and Rhino User Group UK Conferences, Re-seller for both Rhino & Formlabs.

Plácido Manuel Pinto Afonso

I’m M.Sc. Industrial designer with 20 years’ experience in project development (products, services and hybrid solutions), research and university teaching. I am always focused on the use and user interface — nowadays UX design — mastering the entire process, from concept definition up to the final solution promotion. I am proficient with the main software tools for project development and presentation — drawing, render, print (2D/3D), animation, video, etc. I use Rhino since 2006.

Gio Siradze

Gio Siradze has worked with 3D-modeling for many years and has a background in Multimedia Design. Gio works currently as a Product Manager, Specialist and Trainer at M.A.D. – Micro Aided Design.

Rajesh Shinde


Architect Rajesh Shinde graduated from Vivekanand Institute of Technology’s Padmabhushan Dr. Vasantdada Patil College of Architecture, Pune in 2015. He is currently pursuing his masters in Construction and Real – Estate Management from Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Germany and Metropolia University of applied sciences Helsinki, Finland. He is currently interning at BIM Kampus, (building Information modelling) at Tietoa Finland Oy ( based in Helsinki, Finland. His area of research involves XR (Extended Reality), MR (Mixed Reality), VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) platform development for semantic design processes required by the AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry). His area of research builds on the prior research in design computing and cognition, drawing upon theories and models from related areas such as photogrammetry and laser scanning, scan to BIM models, collaborative design practises such as BIG Room & CAVE (Centralised Automatic Virtual Environment), supported by information and knowledge management. He has a deep interest in developing these BIM tools and apply it to different use cases across the AEC market.

PROGRAM (click here)


Aalto University
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Otaniementie 14 (Väre), room F102

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community of bold thinkers, where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future.

At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship are promoted hand in hand. In global university rankings, Aalto is at the top of its fields.

The university was established in 2010 when three leading Finnish universities, the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged.



Mirrakoi has invented augmented CAD, a powerful technology for computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE). Mirrakoi provides software that simulates real-world physical contact during the 3D digital modeling process and provides augmented access to the CAD object. Mirrakoi’s technology is the result of more than 10 years of high-level mathematical research and has been awarded with an international research prize at the ‘IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (IEEE ICIP). Mirrakoi is a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, and is specialized in spline technology and computational geometry.


Concentration, Heat And Momentum Limited (CHAM) was founded in 1974 by Professor Brian Spalding. The company is a world leading consultancy and software house specialising in the computer simulation of fluid-flow and heat-transfer processes. RhinoCFD is the latest product in the company’s line-up and is based on the ground-breaking software PHOENICS, which pioneered commercial CFD. RhinoCFD fully integrates fluid-flow and heat-transfer capabilities directly into Rhino so users can benefit of a streamlined workflow with a minimal learning curve. It is presently used in industries ranging from architecture and aircraft design to naval, jewellery and industrial processes. RhinoCFD also has 2 subvariants called FLAIR and Marine which are optimized for the built environment and naval industries respectively.


ShapeDiver is an online platform specialized in parametric 3D. Our technology is mainly applied to create product configurators across different industries that can be integrated into almost any website.
We help companies create very flexible, adaptive 3D Product Configurators and seamlessly integrate them into their current online stores. With our technology, brands can cost-effectively display parametric 3D models of their entire catalogue in their websites.
End users enjoy a more fluid and immersive experience than with traditional images or videos, while at the same time allowing a very detailed level of product customization that might’ve been too complicated or confusing to understand before.


Varjo’s dream is a new reality

Our vision is clear: We’re revolutionizing reality.

The first big step is our Bionic Display™, which lets you see VR in human-eye resolution. It’s the technology in our Beta Prototype and it’s already here today.

Not too far down the road, we’ll change computing for good with hardware and software that will let you seamlessly merge virtual, mixed and traditional reality – all with the clarity of the human eye.

Up until now, advances in VR and XR have been an evolution. We think the time has come for a revolution.

Lands Design

Lands design is software for designing gardens, green spaces and landscapes in Rhino. Lands provides tools for producing 2D and 3D technical drawings of any landscaping project, as well as realistic images and virtual tours. Lands has a plant database with more than 1800 species, each one with their own technical specifications and different display modes in 3D and 2D, ready for rendering, exporting plans, and season and growth simulation.

Lands Design also provides 3D terrain modeling tools for creating terrains from contours, elevation curves, point clouds or imported from internet. There are tools for adding cuts, fills, paths, holes or calculating the volume of land movement.


Chaos Group is a worldwide leader in computer graphics Our physically-based rendering and simulation software is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies to create photoreal imagery and animation for design, television, and feature films. Our research and development in cloud rendering, material scanning, and virtual reality is shaping the future of creative storytelling and digital design.


Twenty years of experience in the development of advanced CAD/CAM solutions

CIMsystem provides CAD/CAM technology to companies operating in the field of molds and general mechanics. The proposed tools are characterized by considerable technological potential, offer advantages in terms of ease of use and allow companies to be operational in a short time.

CIMsystem’s solutions offer the customer the most appropriate tools, but also advice during the purchase, customized training and assistance for the best use of the installed applications.


Mindesk is the first and most advanced Virtual Reality interface for Rhino 6 and Grasshopper.

Navigate, edit and build your 3D CAD models immersed in the VR without exporting your Rhino project. All you need to do is load Mindesk and you are ready to go. Bring your current Rhino workflow in VR including 3D navigation, multi-scale view, geometric editing, NURBS editing, surface modeling, curve modeling and much more. Mindesk works withHTC Vive™, Oculus Rift™, and Windows Mixed Reality™ devices. It is recommended that your PC is VR/AR ready.

VisualARQ - Flexible BIM for Rhino

VisualARQ is a Flexible BIM solution powered by McNeel’s Rhinoceros 3D. VisualARQ adds architectural features to Rhino to work with powerful associative architectural objects, dynamic documentation tools and collaborate with other tools through the IFC import /export capabilities. VisualARQ integrates intuitively in the Rhino & Grasshopper design workflow with the shortest learning curve, thus generating any kind of free-form architecture.


Enscape has a passion for 3D and VR. Our mission is to realistically experience the design of any project ahead of construction. This creates higher confidence and leads to better and faster decisions.

Enscape is a leading global provider of visualization software that is used in over 130 countries by more than 80% of the top 100 design firms around the world. The product is a 3D real-time rendering plugin for Revit, SketchUp, Rhinoceros and ArchiCAD. It creates remarkable visualizations with one click. The generated walk-through can be viewed in virtual reality or exported into a video within seconds.

By running within industry leading design applications, Enscape allows immediate design iteration and instantaneous design reviews and presentations. The result is dramatically improved communication while saving time and money – before the building is built. In providing the highest quality in real-time visualization, Enscape has become a standard application for thousands of customers worldwide.

Founded by Inreal Technologies in 2013, Enscape became an independent company in 2017. The company is based in Karlsruhe, Germany, where a great and highly motivated team works on making live easier for thousands of people around the world.


Micro Aided Design ltd. (M.A.D.)  is an authorized representative, importer and localizer of Graphisoft ArchiCAD in Finland.

Rhino – Grasshopper – ARCHICAD Toolset connects the best design tools for the different design stages on both Mac and Windows platforms. These tools fill a gap in the design process between early stage design and Building Information Modeling. They offer solutions for seamless, bi-directional geometry transfer as well as a way to translate basic geometrical shapes into full BIM elements while adding algorithmic editing functionality.