Department of Architecture

How does the department of architecture support digital design learning?


  1. "Didactic Concept" gives you an overview of learning digital design in our department
  2. "Learning Timelines" (Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, Specialized Workflows) shows how your skills should develope
  3. You can ask for help from the DigiClinic
  4. How can you strengthen your digital design skills with elective courses?

Didactic concept

"Didactic concept" gives you a general view of what things you should focus on during the different phases of your studies.

Learning Timeline - Adobe Creative Suite

Photoshop Illustrator Indesign
1. year: autumn term Global adjustments of images – color, tone, saturation, levels
Object in the image - isolation, cutting out, removal, addition
Operations on multiple images – recording an action and executing batch
Renaming multiple images using
Adobe Bridge
Importing a DXF drawing with layers, adjusting line weights, line types and line colors
Exporting a drawing as PDF
1. year: spring term Basic collaging (flat) - layers, transparency and blending modes
Sourcing image material for collages
Selection methods – object selection tool, select color range, quick mask
Creating illustrations starting from imported line drawings
Fills, transparencies, using live paint bucket to color in the drawing
Collaging line drawings with raster
Importing image and vector data (from PDF) and creating a layout with text
Using master pages
Exporting a booklet as PDF
Creating an InDesign package of the
2. year: autumn term Advanced collaging (spatial) –
importing external renders, photographs and drawings
Retouching an image – paint brushes, blur, dodge, burn, spot healing brush,
clone stamp tool
Painting in shadows and exposures
Arranging objects in perspective – perspective warp, grid, distort, free
Creating spatial illustrations using flat
graphics, redrawing from a photograph
Perspective and axonometry grids, painting in shadows and exposures
Creating an atmosphere using color
Automatic alignment of objects
Flowing text between frames and pages
Using scripts – place multi-page PDF in your document
2. year: spring term Texturing using blending modes
Unifying color and tone, recoloring the image
3. year: autumn term Creating time-lapse videos from an image sequence
3. year: spring term

Learning Timeline - Rhino Computational Design Environment

Rhino Grasshopper Python
1. year: autumn term Setting up the workspace – units,
grids, object snaps, layers,
background, viewports
Drawing simple line drawings in 2D –
line, polyline, curve, arc, text, trim,
extend, offset, split, join, explode,
copy, distance, scale, rotate,
group/ungroup, show/hide, zoom, pan
Exporting a drawing as DXF and PDF
Scripting editor functionality, running
the code within Rhino
Basics of programming - variables,
lists, loops, conditionals, functions
1. year: spring term Simple 3D modeling with geometric
primitives and solids
Modeling polysurfaces, rebuilding,
simplifying, boolean operations on
solids – union, intersection, difference
Unrolling planar polysurfaces
Creating a 2D drawing from a 3D
model - Make2D
Exporting views as images
Setting up sliders and input
parameters, connecting components
Math operators, list creation and
manipulation, sequences
Points, lines, translations and
rotations, vectors, planes
Curve creation and analysis, division,
curve primitives
Euclidean transformations
Using Rhino functions with Python -
rhinoscriptsyntax library, Rhino
Common library
Geometry foundation – vectors,
2. year: autumn term Using Rhino Layout – preparing plans
for print to PDF
Layer organization
Line weights, line types, line colors
Hatches, dimensions
Surface extrusions from curves –
extrude, loft, sweep, revolve
Changing surface degree, smoothing,
Surface creation and analysis,
surface and solid primitives
Geometry intersections, Boolean
operations on geometry
Affine transformations
Object oriented paradigm – objects,
2. year: spring term Terrain modeling – creating a mesh /
NURBS terrain model from external
2D plans
Modifying the terrain with control
points, excavation calculations,
projecting geometry onto a terrain,
subtracting and adding volumes,
downhill direction mapping
Contouring and sectioning the terrain
model back into a 2D drawing
Mesh creation and manipulation
Voronoi and Delunay triangulation
Geometry morphing
Integration within Grasshopper GH
Python Script
3. year: autumn term Field creation, manipulation,
evaluation, particle simulation,
Creating own components using
GHPython Script
3. year: spring term Environmental analysis – Ladybug,
Physics and material simulation –
Structural analysis – Karamba3D
Evolutionary optimization –

Learning Timeline - Specialized Workflows

V-Ray Archicad / Revit Digital Fabrication
1. year: autumn term Printing basics – printing on A4 and
1. year: spring term Laser cutter – exporting drawings and
preparation, machine operation
3D printer – exporting 3D models and
preparation, machine operation,
fine-tuning of parameters
2. year: autumn term Importing a 3D model into the scene
Setting up exteriour lighting and
Defining and applying materials –
glass, metal, stone, masonry, plaster,
concrete, wood
Adding details – grass, trees, people
Setting up camera and rendering an
exteriour image
Printing advanced – printing large
plans, drawings and posters using a
2. year: spring term Setting up interiour lighting and
Adding details – furniture
Setting up camera and rendering an
interiour image
Post-processing – alpha channels,
depth of field
Robotic fabrication - basics and Rhino
Python workflow integration
3. year: autumn term Importing drawings from other
Modeling a simple plan – grid, walls,
slabs, roofs, doors, windows, stairs,
Terrain modeling
Basic documentation and layouts -
pen sets, dimensions, sections and
3. year: spring term Detailed modeling – attributes, fills,
composites, materials
Advanced documentation – labels, 2D
and 3D details
Basic rendering of exteriors and

Elective courses supporting digital design skills

ARK-C2503 Digital Storytelling

ARK-C1500 Architectural Graphics

ArchiCad Summer camp

Last Updated on 2.1.2022
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