Physical and digital design skills are key to practitioners in art, design, and engineering, as well as many other creative professions. Models are essential in architecture. In design practice all kinds of physical scale models and digital models are used side by side.

In this architecture course, you will gain experience that will help and inspire you to advance in your personal and professional development. You will attain skills in a practical way. First, we will focus on sketch models for the early stages of a design process, then we will continue with virtual representations for design communication and finally more precise and detailed models will be used for further development of the ideas.

In the theoretical part of the course, you will learn about many different sorts of models: how architects use these and how they are essential in the design process.

The practical part of the course addresses a number of challenges. In small steps we will guide you through technical and creative difficulties in exciting, playful, and pleasant ways.

  • Creative Thinking: learn how to develop an architectural idea by using physical and digital models.
  • Design Knowledge: explore ‘the concept of scale’ to relate to context and to further develop details.
  • Learning by Doing: experiment to get a sense for spatial composition, materials and ergonomics.
  • Digital Technology: experience the potential of Virtual and Augmented Reality in architectural design.
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