Start-Up Architecture

Elective Module in Summer Semester 2019 | 6 ECTS
Thursdays | 13:15 - 16:30 | Room 4170B
Introduction: 25.04.2019 13:15h

Architectural Design Thinking in Phase Zero, and the Architect in the New Context of Innovation.

With their skills and characteristics architects are well-suited for start-ups: not doing, what the client wants, embracing of complexity, a prototyping mind-set and working towards a desired state against obstacles. While approaches from management and industrial design thinking reach limits in achieving radical new ideas, architecture bears potential to visually design new systems for companies and societies. With "Architectural Design Thinking" they can influence decision-making processes at Phase Zero. The course in English introduces how to use the thinking beyond building design for interdisciplinary engagement with management, information technology and other fields. The students learn to capture complex context, to visually and verbally strengthen their presentation skills, and to create concepts for their future roles in the built environment. The topics deal with future of work, mobility, smart cities, sustainability, production and digitalization in construction industry. They develop a system concept to one of the topics by combining thinking and tools of architecture with approaches from management and design, and finalize their work with a “Pitch-Report.” The ability for synthesis re-defines architects as designers of systems, innovation and disruption.