Course detail

Digital Techniques for Architects

FA-KARAcad. year: 2019/2020

Static analysis of digital model applied to selected tasks. Basics of static model assembly, analysis of internal forces, optimization using genetic algorithms. More advanced methods such as force flow finding and BESO optimization. Structural optimization - topostructure. The conclusion will be devoted to the analysis of own and canonical projects. Student completes the seminar paper. Students will be evaluated based on the submission of the seminar work.


Department of experimental design (UET)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Seminar paper.


Basic orientation in the field of architecture, fundamentals of architectural creation and creative thinking. Basic orientation in 3D programs.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading (EN) (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Submission and classification of the seminar paper.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to digital models and their possible applications.
2. Building a basic model, data import and manipulation.
3. Basic structural models and their applications.
4. Advanced modelling methods, definition of digital and parametric model.
5. Introduction to shells and continuous structures, analysis and optimization.
6. Introduction to digital model optimization using genetic algorithms.
7. Comprehensive optimization methods using Cross section optimization.
8. Comprehensive optimization methods using BESO optimization.
9. Data visualization and their further interpretation.
10. Application of the digital model to the students project.
11. Developing optimization options and customizing your own project.
12. Application of optimization using genetic algorithms for own project and data visualization.
13. Final presentation of the students‘ projects.


Extending the competencies and knowledge of building design with respect to their structural performance.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Active participation in seminars, submission of seminar paper and its final presentation.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme ARCHURB Bachelor's

    branch ARCH , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer