On Monday 24 October David O. Wolthers of Synthesis Design + Architecture gave a talk at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles as part of the Visual Studies Course run by Volkan Alkanoglu. The talk centered on the methodology of Synthesis Design + Architecture, specifically the use of Grasshopper as an integrated part in the sequence of formfinding, design optimization and fabrication. By insisting on high performance design solutions, Synthesis Design + Architecture endeavours to incode within any design and geometrical system the behavior necessary to accomodate the specific material system, fabrication technique and assembly procedure. Grasshopper is often the preferred tool in this process of merging multiple streams of information and criteria.