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MVE560 - Architectural geometry  
Arkitektur och geometri
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-07 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPARC
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture, Architecture and Engineering

Limited number of places. Contact the director of studies if you are interested in taking the course:
Teaching language: English
Application code: 05132
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 25

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Project, part A 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Experience with programming in Matlab or corresponding.


The course furthers the students' knowledge in architecture and applied geometry through numerical calculation methods as well as computer aided design. The course introduces geometry as a medium for the design, analysis, and manufacture of complex architectural form.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Knowledge and understanding
Describe basic concepts of geometry applied in architecture.
Describe basic concepts of geometry found in modeling software, such as NURBS curves and surfaces, polygon meshes, and subdivision surfaces.

Abilities and skills
Apply numerical calculation methods in architectural design.
Make use of geometry and numerical calculation in order to plan, design, and represent a small, explorative design project.

Ability of assessment and attitude
Promote the value (and joy!) of geometry in architecture.
Critically relate their own work in the course to a larger issue that concerns applications of geometry in architecture.


The course covers coordinate systems, transformations and projections; modeling of curves and surfaces; different kinds of deformations; geometrical systems native to digitization; and adaptation to physical models. In addition, students are required to pursue a design project of limited scope, and a study of a reference project that showcases use of geometry in architecture.


The course description and its context are introduced in an introductory lecture. Learning is structured around a series of lectures, demonstrations, assignments and pin-ups. Deliverables are defined at the outset of the course through the assignments and through the final review. Students work in teams.


Pottmann, Helmut, Andreas Asperl, Michael Hofer, Axel Kilian, and Daril Bentley. Architectural Geometry. Bentley Institute Press, 2007.
Burry, Jane and Mark Burry. The New Mathematics of Architecture. Thames & Hudson, 2012.
Further literature to be announced in the course description.

Examination including compulsory elements

The course is examined in two parts. 1) Assignments are submitted for examination. 2) Student design projects along with reference studies are presented verbally according to requirements outlined in the course description and assessed in a review at Chalmers Department of Architecture. Each student design project and reference study are further reviewed after submission. A minimum of 80% active attendance in scheduled activities is required in order to pass the course.

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