Applied Design Concepts - Part A

Sophie Grell-Prix
Architecture, Architectural Design 3
2023S, scientific seminar (SEW), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03922


Applied Design Concepts is conducted by Sophie C. Grell and Jose Carlos Lopez Cervantes

Applied Design Concepts is an advanced architectural design seminar which examines the connection between conceptual understanding of design and form generation. Students will revisit formal outputs derived from relevant conceptual approaches within the discipline of architecture.

Essential knowledge will be acquired by modeling. First by looking and replicating canonical projects and understanding their conceptual approach and later through small tasks of ideation, design and development carried out during class time. In order to apply this methodology the students will be instructed in a specific software, Autodesk Maya. Students will be immersed in 6 different topics. Every topic will last two weeks. They will be instructed in theory and simultaneously they will be equipped with techniques of design and representation.

Due to the current circumstances this seminar will might turn into distance learning system. The content of it will not change from what was originally programmed, but the classes will be adapted to ensure a high quality education adapted to this new format. Therefore the initial condensed block format will change to a greater number but shorter online classes with the equivalent amount of time.

dates: tbc

if necsessary it will be taught using the following platforms:

ZOOM: During your schedule time we will connect via ZOOM and have an online class.

GOOGLE DRIVE: Deliveries will be formalized through this platform. You will receive an invitation to a shared folder for this course. In that folder you will also find several subfolders with content, support material, and tutorials.

Examination Modalities



No specific project will be developed for this seminar. It is not a design studio, so the task will be adjusted consequently, and it could be compatible at the end of the semester with the studio design agenda of the student. Nevertheless there will be small independent tasks that should be done during the class time. Attendance is mandatory.





Projects will be developed with Autodesk MAYA. Participants need to bring their own laptops or workstations. Previous knowledge or experience with this software would be recommended although additional support could be provided for beginners.

*Software must be installed before the Seminar starts.




Only 15 students will be taken for this course. In case of excess of this number, students will be consider for the CV and application order.

Course Enrolment

From 01 February 2023, 13:02 to 28 February 2023, 13:02
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Architecture (Master): Expertise: Instrumentarium: Supplementary Subjects

Individual courses: possible