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.

Learning Goals

The main goal of this course is to understand the basic concepts behind parametric structural design, digital formfinding and fabrication.

After the course you should be able to:

  • parametrically model complex curves and sufaces as well as structural elements in Rhino and Grasshopper;
  • use formfinding tools for 2D and 3D structures;
  • use basic digital fabrication scripts.

General Information


Registration at is required.


Matthias Rippmann, Postdoctoral researcher
HIB E45, Mail: 

Tomás Méndez Echenagucia, Postdoctoral researcher
HIB E46, Mail: 


The course is graded based on the excersizes handed out during the course lectures. The last hour of each lesson is reserved for the practical exersices, and must be submitted by the next lesson.  

Exercise submissions

Submissions via Dropbox:

Please submit a zip folder with your files.

Zip-filename: exercise number (two digits) - surname - first name (e.g.: 02-zuse-konrad)