Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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 analytical, logical and critical thinking and creative problem solving abilities inspired and characterized by multidisciplinary teamwork and collaboration.


Students learn to

  • identify and comprehend spatial (architectural and structural) phenomena as modulator and merger of divers information as a result of multidisciplinarity by analytical and logical thinking,
  • use experimental and/or computational methods to model them,
  • draw their multi-objective conclusions by socially and environmentally responsible thinking,
  • apply appropriate, fundamental concepts of structural engineering and building physics, use them for designing and creating spatial habitable structures, in terms of multifaceted, creative solutions

reflect, evaluate, illustrate and argue the outcome of the collaborative project. In addition the students will learn to organize and integrate into a team, and realize the importance and interdependence of contents and timely matters.

Credits: 10

Schedule: 10.09.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Guenther Filz

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Guenther Filz

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The multidisciplinary course is set up as reflexive studio practice that entails an iterative cycle of research-action-reflection. In more detail, it is an introduction into performance-oriented design by means of multidisciplinary approach. It offers the exploration of multi-functional forms that combines structural, architectural and environmentally compatible qualities, as a conceptual framework for sustainable design.

    The course aims for an understanding of structure as modulator of diverse information. So, the meaning and importance of structure and its design process as a merger of multifaceted information will be shifted to a new level of complexity at the intersection of human needs, environmental conditions and compatibility, the spatial and technical.

    Great willingness for multidisciplinary approaches and teamwork, openness for research based, innovative design, the use of physical and digital tools and hands-on experimentation is expected.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Presentation at the interim and final jury is required as well as the timely hand-in of the final documentation. Weekly working in the studio is obligatory. Shortcomings will result in reduction of the final grade of at least one grade. The assessment is based on the pro-active participation (15%), design process and outcome (70%), the final documentation (15%).

    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)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Total workload of 270 hrs consisting of input lectures, studio work, independent research, design development, hands-on work and documentation of the project


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Reading List, excerpts of lectures, manuals will be provided to students in digital format over MyCourses

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


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

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities



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