Skill in the use of digital media tools is growing more important in architectural education. However parametric objects in computational geometry or digital fabrication as an assist for projectbased learning are not in themselves sufficient to extract the potential of computational design. When we consider the performance of a design, or the fundamental purpose of parametric design toolsets in the contemporary context, education must act as a connecter to the ambition of global sustainability. With regards to the advantage of computational methodologies, students benefit by developing a holistic vision of non-standardized assembly technology. This is particularly useful in overcoming problems of mass production, and with the creation of interactive technology that is incrementally adaptable in the process of answering to unpredictable change. In this context, a comprehensive understanding of digital tools as part of a holistic and ecological architectural design mindset is crucial for future designers. Exploring effective ways to guide students in the development of this capability is therefore important. This paper documents a recent effort in this direction through examples of education within a digital design studio. As a conclusion the paper discusses important factors in the encouragement of students as they develop a comprehensive understanding of the use of digital design culture.