Digital Design and Full Scale Fabrication

Andrei Gheorghe
Architecture, Structural Design
2023W, scientific seminar (SEW), 3.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S01525



Design/Build of 1:1 Artifacts

in collaboration with:

Wolf Mangelsdorf, Florian Medicus

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. 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 in 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.


18 October 2023, 09:00–10:30 Conference Room 13 , "Introduction Lectures and Grouping"
25 October 2023, 12:30–14:00 Conference Room 13 , "Desk Crits/Tutorials"
15 November 2023, 10:45–12:15 Conference Room 13 , "Desk Crits"
11 December 2023, 09:00–12:00 Seminar Room 9 , "Hands-On Workshop "
12 December 2023, 09:00–12:00, "Hands-On Workshop in the SQUARE / IoA"
13 December 2023, 09:00–12:00 , "Hands-On Workshop in the SQUARE / IoA"
14 December 2023, 09:00–12:00 , "Hands-On Workshop in the SQUARE / IoA"
10 January 2024, 09:00–10:00, "Electronic Submission (no Presentation)"

Course Enrolment

Until 30 November 2023, 17:24
Via online registration

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

Industrial Design (1. Section): Technology / Natural Science - Basics: Supporting Structures, Mechanics, Electronics, Engineering 580/103.10

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible