Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 05.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Günther Filz

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Based on the individual selections within the study programme, which provides students with a knowledge and skills essential to their future careers, the attending students can significantly extend their theoretical knowledge by taking part in an advanced research-led, design-build project. In addition, the student will benefit from the design-by-research and the multi-disciplinary approach, the teamwork in terms of future communication, problem solving and project management skills.


Students learn to

  • understand the research question including its geometrical, architectural and structural demands,
  • propose appropriate, geometrical, architectural and structural concepts,
  • apply appropriate skills in physical and digital modeling to the proposed concept,
  • develop creative and appropriate solutions,
  • design, develop and construct physical prototyps or full-scale demonstrators (under supervision)
  • reflect, evaluate and scientifically describe and document the process and solutions

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Highly research-led, design-build studio, developing a research question into physical prototyping or full-scale demonstrator, such as a research pavilion by means of physical and digital modeling.

The content can be defined by given research questions from the field of the professorship and/or related/dedicated to Bachelor-, Master- or PhD-Thesis.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The assessment is based on A, the proactive participation in at least 85% of the courses (75%) including design/development process and outcome, and B, the final documentation (25%). A and B are compulsory parts of the final assessment.


Grading is based on the following scheme:
5: outstanding (exceeds expectations)
4: very good (fulfils all expectations)
3: good (only minor shortcomings)
2: satisfying (major shortcomings in some areas)
1: acceptable (major shortcomings in almost all areas but meets minimum level)
0: not acceptable (major shortcomings in almost all areas)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Guided, in-class exercises and independent studies, hands-on modeling, prototyping and realizing up to full scale in varying distribution (dependent on project) of workload; usually group work;

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CIV-E5010, Geometry & Lightweight: Structures and Architecture, ARK-E2512 Design of Structures Parametric Design, CIV-E5020, Structures and Architecture: Parametric Engineering

ARK-E2513 Design of Structures Algorithmic Design and ARK-E2511 Design of Structures Digital Fabrication

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



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