The paper addresses the issue of integrating digital techniques and methodologies in the conceptual stage of the architectural design process and describes the research and education of digital design procedures and proficiency. Accordingly, research into the correlation between theory and practice in the field of digital architectural design and education is presented. The influence of digital design theory and processes on the complexity and spatial variation of design solutions was studied in a series of consecutive short workshop based sessions in architecture and interior design master classes. The paper describes the aim, technical solution, scope and result of the experimental exercises.