Digital Design and Full Scale Fabrication

Andrei Gheorghe
Architecture, Structural Design
2016W, Seminar (SE), 2.0 semester hours, course number S01525


Design/Build of a Research Pavilion

in cooperation with Feng Chia University

Taichung / Taiwan

This class teaches the application of contemporary digital design and fabrication methods in applied, full-scale implementations. Student groups will generate knowhow through the analysis of reference examples, and will design parametric structures in full-scale by using easily processable materials. The design process will be enriched with virtual analyzing methods of parametric models. External specialists will provide in-depth expertise during class. Virtual simulations of load bearing and performative behavior of architectural systems will be encouraged. Special emphasis will be put on the successful interaction of digital design and production technology, primarily in architectural detailing. The classwork is experimental and research oriented, different materials and architectural systems will be researched, discussed and applied.

The class will take place during the first semester week (3rd-7th October 2016) in Seminarraum SR24 in Vordere Zollamtsstrasse 3, 1030 Wien (design session).

The intention is to combine the class with a excursion to Taiwan in spring 2017 (construction session).

Examination Modalities

Structures will be built and exhibited in full scale (group work).

Attendance and participation is required throughout the whole design and production process.

Final jury review presentation/ submission of a print medium/ a data CD.


Applying parametric design principles in an hands-on, applied way. Learning of knowhow in virtual analyzing methods in evaluating design geometries (Rhino/Grasshopper/Karamba) and digital production methods (Robotics, Laser, CNC).

Interest in digital design and production methods, knowledge in parametric/algorithmic modeling, Rhino/Grasshopper.

There is limited enrollment for this class (max 8 participants).

For results of previous classes please check:

Key Words

digital design, digital fabrication, digital architectural design, digital design education


03 October 2016, 09:00–07 October 2016, 16:00 Seminar Room 24 (VZA3)

Course Enrolment

Until 03 October 2016, 10:00
via email:

co-registration: possible (3.0 ECTS)

Architecture (Master): Structural Design (3.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (3.0 ECTS)