During the second module of the online Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design (MaCAD), students are trained in the use of the most relevant digital tools to tackle this new paradigm, becoming proficient in managing Parametric Modelling processes based on Rhino, Grasshopper and BIM platforms such as Revit, Speckle and others, with the goal to develop seamless Interoperability and inter-collaboration workflows.

BIM – Building Information Modeling is undoubtedly one of the biggest paradigm shifts in architectural practice currently. The modeling and management of projects has grown to such complexity that modern architectural projects need to encompass far more than just its visual representation, incorporating data that it’s required for its projection and execution by the various agents of the building process.


Throughout the second module, which runs from January to March, MaCAD students have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned faculty including Ollver Thomas and German Bodenbender from BIG, Oscar Herrero and Andres Antolín from Modelical, Maite Bravo, Joao Silva, Francisco Pereira and master’s director David Andrés León along with Justyna Szychowska from KPFui.

Within these intense three months, students will develop complex architectural projects which tackle the challenges of bringing complex geometries to a BIM model, interoperating between different software, collaborating between different agents of the design process and bringing their projects to the web. These projects will be presented at the end of the term to an international jury panel of experts in the field. The second module is composed by five different seminars of 3ECTS, as described below.

BIM and Smart Construction – Theory (3ECTS)

This course teaches the theoretical concepts behind BIM and Smart construction. The seminar consists of a series of lectures including a comprehensive history of the topic and dives into the analysis of the many facets  that BIM is related to. The objective is to equip students with the conceptual background as well as the critical thinking capacity to be able to participate comprehensively in this new design paradigm.

Faculty: Maite Bravo


BIM and Smart Construction – Studio (3ECTS)

In the BIMSC studio, students will implement the technical knowledge learned from the technical seminars by developing off-world projects through a research-based methodical approach. Students will work in groups and tackle collaboration aspects and finally produce BIM models of complex geometries and web configurators of their projects.

Faculty: Oliver Thomas and German Bodenbender, Digital Technologist at Bjarke Ingels Group BIG

Featured Projects: Various

Digital Tools for Integrative Modeling  – Seminar (3ECTS)

Within this course students will learn how to face modeling and parameterization problems with new tools and techniques. The goal of this seminar is to train students in the key elements to use Rhino.Inside Revit and what are the strengths of this software in the AEC environment.  Aside from a practical approach, the course will have a theoretical approximation, using practical examples to set  the knowledge bases needed to use the software in fully fledged architectural projects.

Tools: Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit, Rhino.Inside Revit

Faculty: Oscar Herrero and Andres Antolin, Modelical

Digital Tools for Collaborative Workflows  – Seminar (3ECTS)

The objective of this course is to introduce the students to the topic of interoperability and collaboration between many agents in the design process. Using Speckle as a base, students will learn what is behind the transaction of geometry converted to data between the many different software that are widely used currently in the design process, and how to view this transactions as different states of design that can be collaboratively revised, annotated and version controlled. 

Tools: Rhino, Grasshopper, Speckle, Dynamo, Git

Faculty: Joao Silva and Francisco Pereira

Digital Tools for Cloud-based Data Management  – Seminar (3ECTS)

The objective of this course is to instruct the students in the use of digital tools for managing projects as data that is processed and visualized in remote environments. Implementing a geometry as a service philosophy, students will learn to encode and decode geometry into data, storing and processing it in the web, and creating applications where computation can be run in a server and accessed, from Rhino to a Web Browser

Tools: Rhino, Grasshopper, Hops, Rhino Compute.

Faculty: David Andrés León and Justyna Szychowska, IAAC and KPF

Located in 20 different countries, MaCAD students are connected thanks to the most advanced platforms for video-conferencing and collaborative working. Working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams across the globe, students experimented with cutting-edge approaches to collaborative working, getting ready for the next steps of their careers.

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