Teaching - Winter Semester 2019/20


Thesis Seminar - Digital Methods | BSc.

Essential digital methods are deepened and placed in a broader architectural and theoretical context. In four blocks, each topic is introduced by a lecture and then deepened in practical exercises.



Studio Project - Glas/Wood Construction for a Train Station | MSc.

The construction processes using the natural building material wood are already well advanced digitally compared to other materials. Continuous digital planning from design to manufacture and a high degree of prefabrication have led to a number of innovative large wooden buildings in recent years.


Short Project - Don’t Fly to Meeting | MSc.

The project briefly tries to find an architectural answer to the problem that despite networked business, a considerable amount of time and effort is still spent on air travel to work meetings. The proposed solution strategy is to create a hybrid of hotel and office, this new typology runs under the working title Don't Fly to Meeting Hub.


Elective Modules

Seminar - Architecture in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality | BSc./MSc.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are immersive media that provide a novel spatial experience. Thus, they are close to one of the architectural core competencies: Space. The seminar offers an introduction to using VR/AR for architectural applications.     


Seminar - BIM Processes - Highrise | MSc.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become indispensable in some areas of construction, while in other areas it is only just beginning to make headway. There is no question - and almost all experts agree - that the design, construction and operation of buildings using an information-rich digital model will be the only way we build in the future.


Seminar - Count, Measure, Display | BSc./MSc.

Architectural Data Visualisation    

Computational design offers the possibility to draw previously undrawable projects and also to describe them in terms of digital fabrication strategies. There is a different side to computational design which has little to do with form but with the ability to interrogate a design strategy and gain knowledge about its impact and characteristics. 


Seminar - Creative Coding Constructs | BSc./MSc.

Creative Coding means programming towards an artistic or designed outcome. Although we as designers have a plethora of software at our disposal, having access to coding means breaking free of the prescribed silos of design software.


Seminar - Digital Turns | BSc./MSc.

The seminar deals with recent architectural history as the technological and cultural history of the digital. It will be worked out how digital thinking has led to new approaches, methods and results in design: Computational Design.


Seminar - Digital Typologies: Details | BSc./MSc.

From Classic to Parametric Construction

The typology of architectural detail is analysed by each participant on the one hand on a chosen iconographic detail of the building history and on the other hand on a detail of digitally planned architecture.


Seminar - Video Editing and Motion Graphics | BSc./MSc.

The seminar deals with the moving image in architecture. The focus is on video editing and the creation of graphic animations using Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. Exemplifying possible applications for the design presentation and documentation of architecture.


Seminar - Robots in Architecture | BSc./MSc.

Robots, like computers, are generic programmable machines. Their movement is programmed via software, their function programmed by equipping them with specific hardware tools like: grippers, paint brushes, mills, extruders and many more. Giving them a task is an act of design.


Seminar - Universal Joints | BSc./MSc.

3D-printed rod and panel connectors in architecture and design

The history of the Universal Joint, a rod connector for room structures, was shaped in the 20th century by architects such as Konrad Wachsmann, Richard Buckminster Fuller and Fritz Haller. With the advent of digital design and production methods, new types of architecture have been possible on this basis since the beginning of the 21st century.