AIAAF Symposium 202305/2023

On May 5th, the AIAAF (AI-Aided Architectural Fabrication) Symposium took place, focusing on the role of AI in the design and construction of buildings. The event shed light on how AI can be used for data collection and management in the architectural fabrication process, while discussing potential advantages and disadvantages. The event was organized by Prof. Ilija Vukorep, Head of the FGDE at B-TU Cottbus-Senftenberg, in collaboration with Prof. Christoph Gengnagel from UdK Berlin


Research paper SBE 2022, Berlin 09/2022

Our master's graduate Hadi Yazdi gave a presentation at the "Sustainable Build Environment D-A-CH" conference 2022 in Berlin. His contribution "The Methods of Deep Learning and Data Analysis in Promoting Sustainable Architecture", which he developed at our department, dealt with the computer-aided analysis of historic courtyard houses in Iranian cities and their centuries-long adaptation of the residential buildings to the prevailing climate.


Research paper eCAADe 2022 in Ghent, Belgium 09/2022

On 13-17 September Anatolii Kotov presented a paper “Spatial Agent-based Architecture Design Simulation Systems” written together with Rolf Starke and Ilija Vukorep. This paper introduces a novel benchmarking method for Reinforcement Learning (RL) in Architecture. The paper can be accessed at:



International Association of Structures & Architecture Aalborg 07/2022

At the International Association of Structures & Architecture 2022 Rolf Starke presents his paper "Towards artificial ossification for bone-inspired technical structures".


Artificial Ossification 07/2022

As part of the 7th BTU Transfer Day, a jury of 7 professors and representatives from industry awarded research-based ideas with a total of €4,000. Our research assistant Rolf Starke won the 2nd prize and the audience award for his idea "KIDD - artificial ossification for 3D printing". He is researching a new, agent-based structure optimization algorithm that is directly based on the biological process of ossification (the process of forming bone tissue) and would like to apply it to infill patterns in additive manufacturing.

Lecture at Digitalbau 06/2022

On June 2, Prof. Ilija Vukorep gave a lecture at digitalBau, the largest trade fair for digital solutions in construction, on the topic of connecting research and practice in the field of digital technology. In the panel discussion that followed, he talked to colleagues about the importance and hurdles of using digital process chains in planning and construction.

BDLA prize for digital innovations in landscape 2021 05/2022

On 13.05.2022 Prof. Ilija Vukorep with his partners of LOMA architecture.landscape.urbanism Petra Brunnhofer and Wolfgang Schück was decorated for Digital Innovation in Landscape for their project "Sommerinsel" at BUGA Heilbronn 2019. The prize was awarded by Sonja Rosa-Bantheim of r+b Landschaftsarchitektur und Alexander Meyer of ComputerWorks.

max Grünebaum Award 2021 to Dr. Thi Thu Trang Nguyen 11/2021

On a ceremony at the Theater in Cottbus Dr. Thu Thu Trang Nguyen received the Max Grünebaum Award 2021 for her PhD-Thesis “Promoting sustainability and resilience in Vietnam’s floating communities: The assessment of innovative housing units and materials for adaptation to climate change”. Her work is an important research investigating different strategies in populating water in her home country. Her work was supervised by Prof. Ilija Vukorep and Prof. Horst Stopp.

Completion of the ZIM project "CPS 3D concrete facades" 10/2021

The two year long research on the chair titled: Cyber Physical Systems - CPS 3D Betonfassaden - Verfahren zur robotergesteuerten Herstellung von 3D Betonfassadenelementen unter Einbeziehung eines "Cyber Physical Systems” funded by BMWi and accomplished together with the company GtecZ ( found its finalisation in a report on the outcomes of the project. In this project spraying concrete was employed in combination with robotic control and sensing technology.

Paper presentation "Architectural Gridworld" at eCAADe 2021 in Novi Sad 09/2021

In September, Anatolii Kotov presented the paper "Architectural gridworld" at the eCAADe 2021. The paper presented for the first time a testbed for architecture applications in the area of reinforcement learning systems. The conference was held on-site in Novi Sad, Serbia.


Report on the last AIAAF symposium published 03/2021

The symposium AI Aided Architectural Fabrication (AIAAF) hosted in 2019 came up with a proceeding that is online published and that collects the input from several international researchers and practitioners on AI topics in architecture.

PhD-Colloquium 03/2021

On March 29th, a PhD-colloquium was held with external jury members Prof. Paul Nicholas from CITA/Kopenhagen and Prof. Anssi Joutsiniemi from Aalto University in Helsinki. Doctoral candidates Mateusz Zwierzicky and Anatolii Kotov presented their current research stage and received feedback from the jury.

Chapter in "The Routledge Companion to Artificial Intelligence in Architecture" 02/2021

We have published a chapter Machine learning in architecture in book "The Routledge Companion to Artificial Intelligence in Architecture". It is focused on recent practical approaches, methods and tools for applied AI/ML in architecture & design.

DOI: 10.4324/9780367824259-7

DAAD research grant for Judyta Cichocka 01/2021

Dr. (Eng.Arch.) Judyta Cichocka will research on preselective and suggestion methods in connection with form optimization and form finding within the framework of a DAAD scholarship. These AI methods are not well developed in architecture and could become an important future design tool. She studied in Wroclaw, Wellington and at the MIT. For the summer semester 2020 she held a workshop at the BTU on the optimization of structures.

Publication on robotic fabrication 07/2020

Prof. Vukorep presented a lecture at the 2020 Digital Concrete online conference to the topic "Robot-Controlled Fabrication of Sprayed Concrete Elements as a Cyber-Physical-System", that was also published at Springer Proceedings.

Expansion of CNC lab05/2019

The MWFK of the state of Brandenburg (with EFRE funds) supports the Chair of Digital Design Methods with the expansion of the CNC lab with two six-axle robots of Universal Robots UR10.

A convertible bending active structure07/2018

Bending-active structures are able to perform large movements, without the need for complex mechanical constructions. From easily producible, flexurally soft bars and plates or individually manufactured elements, it is thus possible to produce spatial support structures which, by utilizing elastic material behavior and the stored restoring forces, offer new possibilities for movable structures.

Components according to the biological model of bone formation03/2017

Together with the bioinformatician Dr.-Ing. Thomas Hinze the master thesis of Alexander Melcher on the subject of modeling, simulation and optimization of the internal structure of components based on the biological model of bone formation, was supervised at our chair.

Autonomous building with the help of cable robots04/2016

The research project deals with the topic of rope moving parallel robots (Cable Driven Parallel Robots) in construction and architecture.

Decode Form03/2015

The scientific work "Decode - Reverse Engineering Abstract Art" was awarded the Best Presentation Award at the 'shapes of logic', an international conference for parametric design in Wroclaw in March 2015.

Water-permeable components made of concrete07/2013

The aim of the project was the experimental development of concrete components through which water flows for the purpose of heating and cooling rooms.

Façade systems using digital design methods04/2013

As part of the international building exhibition Bau 2013 in Munich, facade modules made of concrete with integrated electronic components were developed and exhibited.

Interactive surface

The interactive surface is a surface that can change its shape and absorb and reproduce pressure impulses.

Decoding of urban patterns07/2010

Within the framework of the design project - resettlement and conversion in industrial and shrinking areas - urban patterns of existing settlements were decoded.