Parametric Design in Architecture

Master's degree. Face-to-face.


UPC School


Parametric Geometry
6 ECTS. 42 teaching hours.
  • Coordinate systems and their application to CAD.
  • Analytical Geometry (Part 1): vectors, lines and planes. Solids. Examples of art, design and architecture.
  • Analytical Geometry (Part 2): the geometry of transformation. Iconic buildings that can be explained as transformations of simple solids.
  • Introduction to Differential Geometry: parametrization of curves and surfaces. A mathematical vision in CAD: free form tools. Simply constructible surfaces.
  • Introduction to resistance through form. Analysis of iconic buildings.
  • Putting knowledge into practice based on simple geometric CAD models, using visual programming and abstract algorithms, which are described mathematically as complex parametric models.
Digital Fabrication
6 ECTS. 42 teaching hours.
  • Linear works, describes flat cuts or engravings  with planar tools such as laser cutters or vynil cutters.
  • Superficial works, focuses in subtractive techniques with Z capacity, such as milling machines. General milling theory will be covered as well as toolpathing experimentation. We will mainly work on 3 and 4 axis, but 5 and more axis will be carefully studied.
  • Volumetric works, covers all additive techniques, focusing specifically on delta fused deposition modelling printers.
Architecture in the 21st Century. From Sign to Algorithm?
6 ECTS. 42 teaching hours.
  • The theoretical and historical basis of this type of architecture should help to distinguish between a mere digital design and fabrication course from what we mean by architecture - which in this case is parametric. The method used is the one used in teaching disciplines in the projects, theory and history departments.
Workshop I: Studio 1. Information and Systems
9 ECTS. 63 teaching hours.
  • Talking about architecture means talking about the projects workshop. In this area, we will not only put into practice the knowledge gained in the theoretical subjects, but the atmosphere of the workshop itself also shows how to convey specific knowledge that may not be part of the corpus of the other subjects.
Parametric Design and BIM
6 ECTS. 42 teaching hours.
  • BIM: Building Information Modeling. concepts, software and application.
  • PD: Parametric design. Concepts, software and application.
  • Integration of BIM and parametric design.
Algorithmics in Technology in Architecture
6 ECTS. 42 teaching hours.
  • Algorithms.
  • Basic parameters in structural calculation.
  • Tensioned construction as an example.Algorithms in structures.
  • Basic parameters in construction.
  • Digital fabrication on a large scale.
  • Basic parameters in conditioning, services and installations.
  • The algorithms of installations.
Parametric Design in Planning and Landscape
6 ECTS. 42 teaching hours.
  • Analysis and reproduction of various parameters, in which we can modify them and change them, and the city at the same time, using the perspective that they provide about the city or territory.
  • How to introduce real dynamism into the design for the city and territory.
  • What parameters we change and what they can have an impact on.
  • How we represent them in graphic form, and which design they lead to. Water, vegetable matter, infiltration/permeability, topography, infrastructure, density, uses...
  • How we can parametrize these concepts and how they can help us in design.
Workshop II: Studio 2. Postproduction and Building
9 ECTS. 63 teaching hours.
  • Practical exercises covering subjects related to the specific materiality of designs, the technology applied in the parametric design process, and new production, prefabrication and rapid prototyping processes.
  • Complex architectural systems that respond to a broader range of parameters.
Master Thesis
6 ECTS. 10 teaching hours.
  • An original work/ project based on research, in which the student shows how parametric design has changed his/her skills when producing architectural designs. This research will be conducted with the assistance of a tutor and will be assessed by a jury of lecturers on the master's degree.

Master thesis gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/148997115@N05/
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
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(388 teaching hours)

Start date:
Classes start:15/10/2018 Classes end:03/07/2019Programme ends: 30/09/2019
Monday  16:00 to 20:00Tuesday  16:00 to 20:00Wednesday  16:00 to 20:00
Taught at:
ETSAV - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura del Vallès
C/ Pere Serra, 1-15
Sant Cugat del Vallès

Registration fee:
7.500 €

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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.

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