Course Content (distance learning)

A: Compulsory Modules (CM):

CM 1 Architecture:

  • Historical background
  • Design process
  • Methods for visualization
  • Form finding by computational modeling
  • Form finding by physical modeling
  • Physical patterning
  • Concept of utilization and applications

CM 2 Membrane Program:

  • Exercises by using the membrane software ix FORTEN4000 by Gerry D'Anza
  • Computational simulation of interaction of loads and large deformations
  • Structural design
  • Reactions at buildings

CM 3 Mechanical and Physical Properties:

  • Testing of the mechanical material properties
  • Quality controlling and certification
  • International standards for testing Mechanical properties, mechanical theories and modeling
  • Evidences of fire protection, hail stone and some others
  • Cables

CM 4 Structural Design and Detail:

  • Detailing
  • Cables
  • Interaction of main structure, substructures and membrane
  • Retractable systems and movement mechanisms
  • Cable structures
  • Foundations

CM 5 Structural Design Concepts (Dimensioning):

  • Exposures and its super position for load assumptions of membrane Structures
  • Wind tunnel investigations for soft structures
  • Reduction factors for fabrics and foils
  • Mechanical characteristics of membrane materials
  • Static concepts for membrane structures
  • International approvals, safety levels and norms

CM 6 Studio Detailing and Patterning

  • Patterning
  • Compensation and De-Compensation
  • Membrane Detaining

CM 7 Internship Theory - Fabrication and Project Management:

  • Confection and fabrication
  • Connections at boundaries and edges
  • Welding techniques and machines
  • Transportation and erection principles
  • Quality assurance
  • Site facilities and operational safety
  • Project
  • Calculation of costs
  • Service and maintenance
  • Quantity survey

B: Aditional Modules

(only for additional credtis in case needed):


AM 1 Membrane Concepts

  • Membrane examples
  • Structural principles
  • Form finding by physical modeling

AM 2 CAD Software

  • Introduction into membrane software
  • Form finding by computational modeling
  • Patterning
  • Load calculation

AM 3 Structural Engineering

  • Forces: definition, laws, equilibrium
  • Structure: form, function, analysis and design, behavior of common structures
  • Stress and strain: relationship, laws, properties of sections
  • Dynamics: motion of a particle, velocity and acceleration, laws, torque, work
  • Types of structures
  • Torsion of structures
  • Cables and arches
  • Structural design: codes and standards, limit states, loads
  • Steel work design

C: Optional Modules (OM):

  • Pneumatic Structures
  • Building Physics
  • Bionics
  • Foldable and Umbrellas
  • Membrane Surveying
  • Experimental Structures

D: Internship

The internship period lasts 3 weeks and among others, can be carried out at some of the companies that sponsor the master program. Please have a look at the list of sponsors. Other companies in the field will be accepted on request.

D: Master Thesis

The Master Thesis is scheduled for the fourth semester. If prefered it can be defended within a colloquium or via Skype presentation.


Changes to the program are still possible. You can download here the Study- and Examination Regulations.

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