Overview of Seminars and studios

Only in winter semester

The seminar focuses on the investigation, abstraction and transfer of biological strategies into technical applications. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to investigate biological role models within a bottom up process and will be searching for solution strategies towards specific aspects by exploring biological role models within a top down process. Computational simulation and analysis tools are used to find model representations for biologic processes and investigate functional principles.

Evolutionary processes in nature generated manifold solutions in respond to environmental and performative demands, where various functional and form generative aspects have to be integrated in a coherent system. While a number of those aspects can be easily transferred to architectural aspects, natural organisms are working radically different from today’s construction and planning practice. While nature evolved highly energy and material efficient solutions, based on geometrical and material diff erentiation, today’s construction industry and design processes are mostly based on the standardization of elements and the addition of mono functional subsystems. Recent developments of computaional design and digital fabrication processes have initiated a fundamental paradigm shift from industrial
production of standardized elements towards an integrated design processes. This development opens up the possibilities to create architectural systems which are characterized by multifunctional geometrically differentiated structures, which can match the capacity of nature’s performative morphologies, and thereby enables us to transfer functional principles of natural organisms into architectural applications.

Zeit: Mittwoch 9.45 – 11.15 Uhr
Ort: online + Selbststudium
Anmeldung auf Campus und Ilias erforderlich

Dienstag 11.30 – 13.00 Uhr online
Anmeldung auf Campus und Ilias erforderlich

Die nächste schriftliche Prüfung im Modul Tragkonstruktionen 1 findet voraussichtlich am Donnerstag, den 23. September 2021 statt.

Ort: M 17.01, Keplerstr. 17
Zeit: 16.00 Uhr

Außer nicht programmierbarem Taschenrechner und Zeichenwerkzeug sind keine Hilfsmittel zugelassen (kein Vorlesungsmitschrieb oder Tabellenbücher etc.).
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Der Rücktritt von dieser Prüfung ist bis zu 7* Tage vor dem Prüfungstermin ohne Angabe von Gründen möglich.

Zur Vorbereitung auf die Prüfung finden Sie Übungen und Lösungen und alte Prüfungen auf ILIAS.

* Beachten Sie dazu die aktuellen Erklärungen des Prüfungsamts.

Die Vorlesungen werden auf ILIAS bereitgestellt
Zeit: Mittwoch 9.45 – 11.15 Uhr
Ort: online

Pflichtfach mit 3 Leistungspunkten (WS + SS)
Vorlesungen und Hausübungen

Die Downloads enthalten nicht den vollständigen Inhalt der Vorlesungen, sondern nur Arbeitshilfen und Berechnungstabellen. Der Bezug zur Architektur wird in der Vorlesung mit zahlreichen Anwendungsbeispielen, Arbeitsmodellen und weiteren Zahlenbeispielen hergestellt.

Mandatory course in the context of ITECH (SS)
3 credits
Time: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

In this course we visit different leading companies of building and other key industries, ground-breaking buildings, interesting building sites, and world heritage spots in Baden Württemberg or bavaria, 

Due to the present situation we are not able to offer the usual program, but we organized a series of open discussions (see scheduleo n ILIAS). Each of them will be hosted by two researchers from ITKE and ICD.

The researchers will start with a very brief personal introduction, followed by approx. 1h of open conversation.

Program on Ilias.

Webex links by email.


Only in winter semester

Seminar for Master and Bachelor students

The seminar focuses on the interplay between geometry and structural behaviour of different structural types categorised with respect to the load bearing mechanism. In particular on form-active and surface-active structures. Beginning with an introduction from ancient to the newest form-finding approaches a holistic overview is provided.

First experimental approaches are used to determine
the shape with respect to a certain initially wanted structural state. Followed by the detailed introduction of the latest numerical form-finding methods. With the aid of digital modelling software and scripting tools. An overview of the mathematical background is provided to enable the participants to understand and evaluate of the applicability and limits of each method.

The state-of-the-art form-finding methods are put to use on practical examples where form and structural states are investigated and manipulated. The detailing and the
realization of the designed systems are discussed.


Rhinoceros skills. The seminar is taught in English. The students should be familiar with the architectural possibilities of membrane and shell structures in order to use them in their design projects.


Construction manual for polymers and membrane; J. Knippers, J. Lienhard, M. Gabler, J. Cremers; Detail Munich; ISBN: 978-3-0346-0726-1
Shell structures for architecture; S. Adriaenssens, P. Block, D. Veenendaal, C. Williams; Routledge New York; ISBN: 978-0-415-84059-0


Contact: Nikolas Früh


Right: Automated preform system; Middl and left: Sturctural concept based on biocomposite profiles (Students: Takwa ElGammal, Kiril Bejoulev, Parisa Shafiee)

Seminar for Master and Bachelor students

Time: Thursday, 11.30 -14.00
Room: online + lab

Automated Preforming enables partially automated fabrication of composite profiles from flat woven textiles. These semi-finished products are successfully used in structural applications such as airplane fuselages and performance car bodies. The automatized production of profile preforms combined with possibility of extensive customization of their dimensions not only broadens architectural design possibilities but also creates yet another possibility for introducing biocomposite materials in construction industry.

“From Textile Preforms to Biocomposite Structures” seminar aims at studying how this composite fabrication technology could be implemented in architectural applications and increase the use of biocomposite materials in partially automated fabrication processes of structural components.

Students will be working in groups on their own proposal and small scale models of structural systems based on customized biocomposite profiles produced by continuous preforming.  In the 2nd part of a seminar, a selected design variation, after further optimization, will be realized by all students in 1:1 scale (approximately 2x2x2m demonstrator). Aspects such as lightweight design, optimization of number of elements variations, feasibility of joint system, and design approach that allows to exploits to maximu potential of prefabricated profile logic will be the main criteria in the final desing selection process. 

Contact: Junior Professor Dr. Hanaa Dahy, Piotr Baszynski

Innovations in Timber Constructions: BAUKLASSE HOLZ: QUEER*HOLZ

Joint seminar with IBK 3 (Guest lecturer Lager and Ege Baki) for Bachelor and Master students

Time: Thursday, 9.00 - 13.00 Uhr
Room: online
Taught in German

Modern building with timber is a colourful variety of wood-based materials in combination with a wide range of materials for the production of hybrid constructions. For structural as well as aesthetic reasons, a wide variety of building materials are combined with each other in a sensible way. Instead of a "side-by-side" of timber with other materials, building with hybrids creates a "togetherness", whereby each building material is used according to its strengths and weaknesses are balanced out.
Hybrid constructions are used in connection and joining details, in composite constructions and even in entire buildings.
In today's world, raw materials and their utilisation cycles also represent a central challenge of climate change. Against this background, terms such as urban mining are entering the architectural discourse. B.I.M. is also directly related to the future availability of information about used [and thus basically available] materials and their qualities. Cardle2Cradle provides a rating matrix for the recyclability of individual materials.
The joining of different materials in construction thus faces new challenges. In addition to structural and physical requirements, there are now also demands for simple dismantling, resilience and recycling.
Against this background, it is important to establish timber construction as a building method and to uncover further potential. This requires the development and application of hybrid timber constructions that meet the requirements of fire protection and assembly processes on the one hand and are easy to recycle on the other.
In the course of the seminar, existing standards will be communicated and exemplary detailed solutions will be developed. The focus will be on junctions with hybrid fasteners and hybrid timber constructions.
Introductory lecture with presentation of hybrids in timber construction. A framework must be formed: The students develop fictitious but specific hybrid timber constructions. Submissions are successive sketches, working models, drawings and presentation models.

Gemeinsames Seminar von ITKE und IBK 3 für Bachelor- und Masterstuden*innen

Contact: Dr. Jochen Stahl, Gregor Neubauer

Design Projekt for Master and Bachelor students

Time: Tueday, 9.45 - 13.00
Room: online

This studio is linked to a current research project in collaboration with academic and industrial partners. It will focus on the design and development of a Lightweight Shell Structure in the form of an 1:1 Pavilion, using profiles made out of natural fibers. Integration of connection nodes, foundation concepts as well as a waterproof skin will be part of this study. The average geometry of the final structure will be 10x10x4m and the location is at the Mitte Campus of the University of Stuttgart.
The students will start working on design and detail concepts for the overall structure as well as the connections. Later they will be split in groups and focus on different parts of the design, such as form-finding, connection detailing, skin, assembly design. Together with the tutors, the students will participate in the building phase and realisation of the overall structure. Prefabrication and off-site assembly will take place at the IntCDC Workshop in Waiblingen. Knowledge on the topic will be given through online lectures, where the students will be given the necessary information and learn about the structural systems, ideas on form-finding and connection strategies as well as architectural examples. 

External Partners:
Deutsche Institute f􀆺r Textil und Faserforschung (DITF) | ZENVISION GmbH|
CGTEC GmbH Carbon- und Glasfasertechnik | B.A.M. | Steinhuder | Bieri

1st meeting: 20.04.21
Final presentation: 13.07.21
Pavilion Opening: 16.07.21
Final submission: Booklet, CD

Contact person: Evgenia Spyridonos,

Design Projekt for Master and Bachelor students

Time: Thurdsday 14.00 - 17.15 
Room: online

According to recent studies, the construction and operation of buildings accounts for nearly 40% of energy consumption in the European Union. At the same time, we are confronted with a constantly increasing demand for living space, especially in urban areas. Thus, conscious handling of existing urban buildings and in terms of the construction and materiality of new building developments.
The design project "Lightweight Densification" in the context of the university competition "MODERNER AUS- UND LEICHTBAU" 2020/2021 therefore poses the question of how to react to the current shortage of resources and living space by expanding existing buildings. Concepts regarding the construction and materiality of the lightweight construction of the future are the main focus of the project.
Groupwork of teams of 2-3 students are suggested. The specific questions have to be proposed independently by the groups. Possible topics range from the development of concrete extensions to existing buildings to the development of general construction principles for building extensions, as well as questions about the materiality of new concepts.

Due to the current situation, it will be possible to attend the course online throughout the semester.
Groupwork in groups of 2-3 Students is highly recommended.
Prior knowledge of 3D modelling tools is recommended.
Prior knowledge of light weight construction is recommended.

Contact: Axel Körner

Only in winter semester

Master and Bachelor Seminar

Material and Structure is a Seminar aiming to give the opportunity to future architects to deal with materials, design and fabrication scenarios with a different scope. The knowledge and awareness of materials in architecture are more or less left to the practice phase, where they are simplified and usually refer to already known catalogues and a material choice may not be optimal or no longer up-to-date. The seminar covers a wide range of materials going from traditional materials, i.e. concrete, steel, wood and glass, to nowadays lightweight materials, i.e. biobased materials and composites, textiles and polymers or smart and responsive materials. Furthermore, understanding of the properties, characteristics and structural behavior of these materials and related knowledge of compounds, layered elements as well as fibre reinforcement possibilities shall allow proper and intentional usage in architectural and structural applications. A number of concepts of applying these materials in different design/structural contexts will be tackled in details by an experimental approach. The students will test their knowledge through designing and producing a physical prototype in the form of a stool (1:1).

Prerequisites: Rhinoceros

Contact: jan.petrs(a)

Contact: Hanaa Dahy

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