Digital Design and Full Scale Fabrication

Andrei Gheorghe
Architecture, Structural Design
2022W, scientific seminar (SEW), 3.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S01525



Design/Build of Digital Artifacts

in collaboration with:

Philipp Hornung (Angewandte Robotics Lab)

Jan Kovaricek (GHEORGHE Strategy.Architecture.Research)


Due to space limitations in the Robotics Lab there is a max. enrollment of 25 students in this class. The class will take place as a block MON 12.12 - THU 15.12. from 9:00-13:00

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.


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. The class will take place as a block session (one or multiple sessions, time & place TBC). 

Final 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/Karamba.



17 October 2022, 09:00–10:45 Seminar Room 20 , "Rhino Grasshopper Scripting"
24 October 2022, 09:00–10:45 Seminar Room 22 , "Digital Design Session"
12 December 2022, 09:00–10:45 Seminar Room 20 , "Robotic Programming with KUKA PRC"
13 December 2022, 09:00–10:45, "Robotic Production - Location: Angewandte Robot Lab"
14 December 2022, 09:00–10:45, "Final Assembly - Location: SQUARE, Institute of Architecture"
12 January 2023, 12:30–13:00 Seminar Room 20 , "Final Presentation"

Course Enrolment

Until 04 October 2022, 12:00
Via online registration

Architecture (Master): Expertise: Architectural Science: Structural Design 443/002.02

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible