Overview of Seminars

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
Anmeldung auf Campus und Ilias erforderlich

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

Die nächste schriftliche Prüfung im Modul Tragkonstruktionen 1 findet voraussichtlich am Dienstag, den 15. September 2020 statt.

Ort: Hörsäle 2.00, 2.02 im Hörsaalprovisorium, Breitscheidstr. 2A und 17.01 und 17.02, Keplerstr. 17
Zeit: 14.00 Uhr

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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.

Only in summer semester

Mandatory course in the context of ITECH (SS)
3 credits

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 present three lectures of young, excellent researchers with different backgrounds.

Program on Ilias.

Webex links by email.


Design Project
Time:: Tuesday 09:45 - 13:00
Room: online

A goal of the studio is developing a design of a small-scale structure from biocomposite modules and later its fabrication. This will be achieved throughout lectures and material experiments. The pavilion will be formed from customized volumetric elements. The modules will be fabricated in an additive 2D process, in which elastic properties will be embedded by smart deposition of natural fibres allowing for forming and locking of initially flat preforms into volumetric modules. without use of complex moulds.

After introductory lectures about biocomposite properties,the students will work on their own design concepts of pavilion form. Finally, one of the versions will be chosen for final fabrication, which will be carried out as a team effort. The semester will end with 1:1 realization of an approximately 2,5 m high structure.

During the studio, students will get a new perspective on how 2D fabrication may help in designing complex 3D structures yet offering reduction of material waste and energy consumption during the forming process. Apart from that, the design studio will extend student’s material knowledge, software and hardware skills including fabrication technologies knowledge. This course will take place in collaboration with IFB (Institute of Aircraft Design), Faculty 06: aerospace Engineering and Czech Technical University in Prague, Experimental Center at Faculty of Civil Engineering.

First Appointment: 7.4.2020
Final Presentation: 14.7.2019
Final Submission: 17.7.2019
Contact: Jan Petrs or Piotr Baszynski

Only in winter semester

Master Seminar

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


Only in winter semester

Master Seminar

Material and Structure is a Seminar aiming to give the opportunity to future architects to deal with materials, design and fabrication with a different scope. The materiality, knowledge and awareness of materials 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. bio-based 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

No longer offered

We thank Mr. Ralf Brown from ZÜBLIN for sharing his expert knowledge with our students for so many years.

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