Pier Luigi Nervi: Salone B, Palazzo di Torino Esposizioni, Torino, 1954

Course: Structural Design I

Structural Design I helps to develop an intuitive understanding of the relationship between the shape of a structure, the load it needs to carry and the forces in it. For administrative questions, please contact the teaching team of chair Block. 

Christian Kerez, Joseph Schwartz, Schule Leutschenbach, Zürich

Course: Structural Design II

Structural Design II completes the catalog of classical structural typologies and provides a safe handling of different models for the description of characteristic structural behavior. For administrative questions, please contact the teaching team of chair Block.  

Wohnhaus an der Fosterstrasse, Zürich, 1998, Christian Kerez, Joseph Schwartz

Course: Structural Design III

Structural Design III deals with the relationship between force, form and material. In particular the materials reinforced concrete, steel, timber and masonry will be discussed. For administrative questions, please contact the teaching team of chair Schwartz.  

Chur Bus Terminal, Switzerland, Peter Rice, 1998, Rem Koolhaas, Cecil Balmond

Course: Structural Design IV

Determination of the internal forces and description of the behavior of load-bearing structures with the help of graphic statics. Design of details and simple dimensioning of these structures. Discussion of reference structures, illustration of the interaction of the structure and the architectural design. Application of all that in an own design.

Studio Vacchini architetti: Sporthalle Mülimatt, Windisch, 2010

Course: Structural Design V

In Structural Design V the focus shifts from material-related aspects towards design-oriented. On the basis of case studies, exemplarily approaches towards a holistic understanding of structural design are explained and discussed. On top of the lectures, a design exercise will be given that allow the students to apply and test various structural design strategies. For administrative questions, please contact the teaching team of chair Schwartz.

BRG Design to Production Workflow, Armadillo Vault, 2016

Course: Structural Design VI

Structural Design VI is an introduction into digital tools for the design and fabrication of complex structures. The course will introduce parametric modelling, form finding and optimisation of different types of structures using Rhino and Grasshopper. Additionally, the sizing and fabrication of such elements will be addressed.

Tintagel Castle Footbridge, Ney & Partners - William Matthews Associates, Tintagel (UK)

Course: Structural Design D-BAUG

The goal of the course is to introduce the civil engineering students to Structural Design, which is understood as a discipline that relates structural behavior, construction technologies and architectural concepts. Hence, the course encourages the students to develop an intuitive understanding of the relationship between the form of a structure and the forces within it by promoting the development of designed projects, in which the static and architectural aspects come together.

Tokyo National Stadium 2020, idea competition IASS 2016, D'Acunto, Ingold, Ohlbrock

Course: Structural Design VII

The course introduces students to research/research by design in the field of Structural Design.

Lord Norman Foster, Millau Bridge 2D Sketch

Course: Tutoring

Structural consulting for semester project / diploma.