Performance-Aided Design: Form, Material, Structure, Acoustics and Fabrication


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to knowledge obtained in 1. semester of the Master’s programme in Architecture

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of the course is to enable students with the parametric design tools and the understanding required to develop integrated design with respect to form, material, structure and fabrication. Parametric design tools support the definition of advanced geometry, and the interaction between geometry and structural and/or acoustics analysis. Issues of fabrication are considered in the context of parametric modeling and rapid prototyping.

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge of complex spatial structures, including an understanding of the structural functionality of various construction systems using shells, plates, frames, beams, etc.
  • Must have knowledge of parametric design tools that enable the generation of quick feedback loops from generation of form and performance analysis (structure, acoustics)
  • Must have knowledge of advanced room acoustics


  • Must be able to use parametric design tools to enable quick feedback loops between geometric exploration of form and performance analysis including structural and acoustic parameters
  • Must be able to make a structural analysis of complex spatial structural systems
  • Must be able to use advanced numerical tools for structural and acoustics analysis of advanced structural systems or rooms


  • Can create a synthesis of architectural, structural and acoustic requirements larger scale buildings, by using parametric design tools that support the definition and control of advanced geometry, digital fabrication and performance analysis

Type of instruction

See general description of the types of instruction described in § 17.



Name of examPerformance-Aided Design: Form, Material, Structure, Acoustics and Fabrication
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
Without aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titlePerformancebaseret design: Form, materiale, struktur, akustik og fabrikation
Module codeAODAPM2TK7V1
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture & Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design