Design Project Timber Structures

The design project addresses students from the faculties of architecture and civil engineering. It promotes the integrated work of the closely connected disciplines. The structural design is carried out in form of an annually changing design task which is tackled by teams of three or four students from different disciplines. Each student brings his specific knowledge into the design process to collectively develop a detailed project from the beginning. The groups will be supervised by lecturers from both chairs involved. Experts are available to give support in the specialist areas structure, fire safety and energy-efficiency.

  • The design is usally subdivided into three phases:
  • Conceptual design stage: Presentation of alternative solutions, advantages and disadvantages
  • Planning and dimensioning (planning for submission): Detailed graphical and numerical design of the chosen solution, presentation of construction layers of regular details
  • Detailing and execution planning: revision of solution, detailing of joints

A three-day excursion is planned to foster the formation of groups and to visit exemplary buildings.


Learning Outcomes

After participating in the module timber construction design, the students are able to understand the following decisive requirements and apply them in the planning process of a building:

  • to plan, design and detail buildings and constructions and to integrate diverging requirements from different disciplines (ability to work in a team).
  • to develop planning concepts, to identify promising variants on the basis of plausibility considerations and finally to detail a planning solution in a progressing process up to its feasibility
  • present their results precisely, clearly and within the given time using the usual means of presentation (presentations, plans, reports, models)
  • to be able to quickly abstract meaningful answers to design-specific questions within the scope of the attestation on the basis of the specialist knowledge acquired up to that time


Coordination: Martin Schenk, Niklas KainzDavid Fochler

Group Support: Tuesday, 08:00 - 13:00, 60 Minutes each group, Room tba

Open consultation hours: Tuesday, 13:00, Room tba

Consultation hours: by arrangement

Semesterinformation: only offered during the winter semester
Vorstellung Entwurf WS 2022/23

Other: For the design project a prior written registration with the supervisors is required. Urgently recommended prerequisites for the design project are the following subjects: Timber Structures Basic Module, Timber Structures Supplementary Module, Experience through Damage, Timber Engineering.

Registration for the design project in WS 2023/24 until end of WS 2022/23 with David Fochler.

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