Overview of Seminars and studios

Seminar for Master students

Time: Friday, 9:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room: 3.02, Keplerstr. 11

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.

Contact: Dr. Axel Körner


Zeit: Mittwoch 9.45 – 11.15 Uhr
Ort: 17.02, Keplerstr. 17
Anmeldung auf Campus und Ilias erforderlich

Mittwoch 11.30 – 13.00 Uhr in den Arbeitsräumen des ersten Semesters, Keplerstr. 11
Anmeldung auf Campus und Ilias erforderlich

Die nächste schriftliche Prüfung im Modul Tragkonstruktionen 1 findet am Donnerstag, den 9. März 2023 um 16 Uhr statt.

Ort:  2.01, Breitscheidstr. 2A 

Außer nicht programmierbarem Taschenrechner und Zeichenwerkzeug sind keine Hilfsmittel zugelassen (kein Vorlesungsmitschrieb oder Tabellenbücher etc.).
Die notwendigen Tabellen werden Ihnen zusammen mit den Aufgaben ausgehändigt.

Eine Mundschutzmaske ist empfohlen.

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.

Kontakt: Gerhard Meißner, Akad. Oberrat

Die Vorlesungen werden auf ILIAS bereitgestellt
Zeit: Mittwoch 9.45 – 11.15 Uhr
Ort: 2.01, Breitscheidstr. 2A

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.

Kontakt: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers

Studio for Bachelor and Master students

Time:  Monday 10:00 -13:15
Room: 10.08, Keplerstr. 11

The transdisciplinary studio course will be held between the programs of  Architecture and Urban Planning and Masterplanning and Participation. It will focus on codesign of architectural adaptations for support of urban biodiversity with a more-than-human perspective. This ‘systemic design’ studio will be based on teamwork where every student will take their role based on their background. The adaptations will be physically prototyped and placed in the real-life environment as ‘prototypical urban interventions.’ This will enable real-life reflection. The responsive wood concept will be used to support multispecies habitats and edible landscapes. We will engage with multiple stakeholders through codesign workshops, DIY recipes of the adaptations, public events and gamification. The students will gain a practical understanding of systemic design and codesign methodologies. They will also gain a practical understanding of how to define their role in codesign based on their background and interest. They will achieve hands-on experience with full-scale prototyping and prototypes’ placement into a real-life environment.


Davidová, M. (2021). Breathing Artifacts of Urban BioClimatic Layers for Post ‐ Anthropocene Urban Environment. Sustainability, 13(20), 1–36. su132011307 
Davidová, M. (2020a). Introduction to Systems Thinking (No. 1; p. 57). Cardiff University.
Davidová, M. (2020b). Multicentred Systemic Design Pedagogy Through Real-Life Empathy Integral and Inclusive Practice-Based Education in the Research-by-Design Context. FormAkademisk - Research Journal of Design and Design Education, 13(5), 1–26.
Davidová, M. (2019). Intelligent Informed Landscapes: The Eco-Systemic Prototypical Interventions’ Generative and Iterative Co-Designing Co-Performances, Agencies and Processes. In M. H. Haeusler, M. A. Schnabel, & T. Fukuda (Eds.), Intelligent & Informed - Proceedings of the 24th CAADRIA Conference (pp. 151–160). Victoria University of Wellington.
Davidová, M., Sharma, S., McMeel, D., & Loisides, F. (2022). Co-De|GT: The Gamification and Tokenisation of More-Than-Human Qualities and Values. Sustainability, 13(20), 1–20.
Sanders, E., & Stappers, P. J. (2008). Co-creation and the new landscapes of design. CoDesign, 4(1), 5–18.
Sevaldson, B. (2018a). Visualizing Complex Design: The Evolution of Gigamaps. In P. Jones & K. (Kyoichi) Kijima (Eds.), Systemic Design (pp. 243–269). Springer Japan.
Sevaldson, B. (2018b). Beyond User Centric Design. In S. Barbero (Ed.), Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2018 Symposium Proceedings: Challenging complexity by Systemic Design towards Sustainability (pp. 516–525). Systemic Design Association.

Contact: Marie Davidova, IntCDC

Block Course

For ITECH students only

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, 

Program on Ilias.



Seminar only in winter semester

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: Lorenz Riedel



Time: Tuesday, 2  - 5.15 p.m.
Room: 6.05, Keplerstr. 11
Taught in German

In our seminar we would like to approach the building materials clay and wood in a sensual and technical way and explore their qualities in constructions. We will deal with the two building materials as solitaires as well as in combination. This approach will be carried out alternately from three points of view: the sensual, the technical and the health-related:

On the basis of built references, we subject ourselves to their phenomenological, psychological, sensory, atmospheric and spiritual qualities. The aim is to experience the reference buildings - if possible - in the flesh and to develop the respective seminar contributions on the basis of real experiences. In addition to written contributions, the application of concrete material and synaesthetic medial means for an adequate qualitative mediation of the gained knowledge or bodily experiences is desired. For this purpose, sensory experiences can be used as reproduced in isolation or as jointly experienced on the material.

Using numerical sources and technical, graphical representations, we analyze their physical properties and technical qualities. These include the fracture and boundary behavior, (...) and the possibilities of material minimization as well as recyclability (Repair, Reuse, Recycle). On the basis of the knowledge gained, we try to define their ideal-typical application. For this purpose, the same reference buildings will be used as for the sensory-based experiences.

During the seminar we will also consider the comparative life cycle assessment of glued and non-glued wood building materials as well as of earthen building materials and analyze the state of knowledge concerning the building toxins they contain.

The seminar will be held in cooperation with the course of the same name taught by visiting professor Farid Scharabi and can also be booked through the IBK course offerings.
(12 places IBK + 12 places ITKE).

The BAUKLASSE HOLZ is a cross-module design-based teaching and research format for the further development of design and technical competencies in timber construction. Through the modules of the building class, you will be involved in the entire, partly interdisciplinary accompanying program of guest lectures, excursions and evening  events.

The project is integrated into the research group "Innovations in timber construction" of the visiting professors Farid Scharabi (IBK) and Dr.-Ing. Jochen Stahl (ITKE).

Contact: Visiting Professor Dr. Jochen Stahl, Gregor Neubauer


Time: Thursday, 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room: 6.05, Keplerstr. 11
Taught in German

Design Project for Bachelor and Master students

An essential characteristic of building with wood is the associated planning culture. From the very beginning, timber construction requires a high level of competence and commitment from all the planners involved, as well as an interdisciplinary understanding of the material. Only then can timber construction exploit its full potential compared to conventional mineral construction methods.

In the constructive design "Heilig's Hölzle" we want to rely on the ecological and sustainable building material wood and use it to give people a place to recharge their batteries: In the form of a freeway church.

Freeway churches are often unique buildings that are erected along busy traffic routes and offer both locals and travelers a place of peace and reflection in a bustling and restless environment. Their distinctive architecture often sets them apart from the surrounding buildings at highway rest stops. The design of a new highway church in timber construction is intended to draw attention to itself through a landmark and to exude an attraction to people.

In the design, we will analyze various load-bearing systems for timber construction for any potential. In the further course of the semester, the findings will be used to combine the complex functional and structural requirements in a concise structural design for a freeway church in timber construction. The spatial and structural potential of wood will be exploited and the limits of timber construction will be explored.

Contact: Visiting Professor Dr. Jochen Stahl, Gregor Neubauer

Seminar 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: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hanaa Dahy


Time:  Wednesday, 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Room: 6.07, Keplerstr. 11

3D Natural Print is a Design Studio that allows students to experiment with large-scale additive manufacturing of biomaterials. 3D Printing is a fabrication method widely explored in architecture in recent years. This manufacturing method gives not only design freedom but also provides precise, efficient fabrication even of very complex geoemtries. It allows to reduce material waste and achieve optimal material distribution. In tha past few years, many architectural concepts have been successfully printed using concrete, metal and clay. The aim of this studio will be to explore alternatives lightweight materials such as biopolymers, natural fibers, mycelium and others that could be used in LDM technology.

The goal of the 3D Natural Print Design Studio is to teach students how to apply 3D printing technology with biomaterials in load-bearing and non-load bearing structures, building envelopes as well as in other diverse architectural contexts. Implementing a bottom-up research approach, students will learn how to integrate 3D printing technology with design and how to assess, interpret and leverage inherent material properties to create informed designs.                                                                                                      

In the first phase, students will learn to prepare paste for 3d printing and will be able to experiment with their own recipes. The task will be to define best printing parameters and develop strategies for printing of big scale building components and structural systems. The developed strategies will be applied in various architectural contexts, developed in detail and tested by an experimental proposal, through learning by doing strategies. The students will test their knowledge through designing and producing a physical prototype of their proposals.

Contact: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hanaa Dahy, Paulina Grabowska

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