The BIMSC Studio will focus on the learning and implementation of advanced Building Information Modeling workflows coupled with strong computational and artificial driven tools.



MaCAD Building information Modeling & Smart Construction Studio

Building Information modelling workflows coupled with strong computational and artificial driven tools. Over the course of three months, students will make use of Revit, Dynamo, Rhino, Grasshopper and Rhino-Inside to develop iterative and data-driven design processes. The course will also cover advanced techniques such as coding, data visualisation, and collaborative platforms.

The central focus of the course will be the development of a Mars-based architectural project from concept to fabrication. Students will research the unique design challenges of Mars and develop a concept for the first human community on the red planet. Using computational workflows, students will iterate and refine their designs, culminating in a coordinated and collaborative BIM model from which both documentation and assembly process will be extracted from.


 AI Generated Image-German Bodenbender & Oliver Thomas


Throughout the course, students will also explore case studies of parametric design in practice and engage with advanced topics such as integration with BIM software. By the end of the course, students will have gained a strong foundation on how to implement advanced BIM workflows on complex parametric projects as well as the ability to collaborate and iterate across multiple teams using AI driven processes. 


Lunar Project-Hesham Shawqy/German Bodenbender/Marissa Ridzuan

Learning Objectives 

At course completion the student will learn how to utilise advanced BIM and collaborative tools within a design process that resembles how BIM is used in a real world architecture practice.

  • Using BIM in collaboration with colleagues and other teams.
  • Interoperability with BIM and other design technology tools.
  • Exploring utilising BIM to streamline the design to production process. 
  • Integrating BIM into a design process.  
  • Developing a fully digital design to fabrication process.



BIM, Computation, Collaboration, Integration, Artificial Aided Design, Design, Documentation, Fabrication, Space Architecture


Projects from this course

Martian Playground // Studio

Design Brief and Scope The purpose of this project is to design a colony on Mars to sustain life for 50 people with the possibility to expand to 300 people over time.  This specific projects revolves around the specific function of recreation. Site Detection and Analysis ChatGPT 3 is used to create a relative grading … Read more

Mars Medical Center

Introduction For the BIMSC studio project, the class designed a human colony initially capable of accommodating 50 inhabitants, with the potential to expand to 300 inhabitants. Working together, the class settled on the Jezero Crater as the site for the colony and developed a masterplan consisting of thirteen distinct zones. Each group selected one zone … Read more

Mars Colony: Food and Energy Production

01 / SITE ANALYSIS OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES As a part of a team working on a project to establish a colony on Mars, and we’re focusing on developing a sustainable food system for our future home. In order to do this, we first analyzed the conditions on Mars, such as the maximum solar radiation, average … Read more


SPACE EXPLORATION Challenges on long space missions. If anything is going to fail. It is the human mind. To understand the effects of space on the human mind. We started looking at astronauts who embark on long space missions and how did it affect their psyche. To have a better mental health on Mars. It … Read more

Mine(Us) Plus: Accommodation on Mars

Studio Weekly MiroOther Mars Projects from IAAC MaCAD 2022/23 Most 3D models of Mars that we found online had a z-exaggeration. The scale can be difficult to comprehend at first as Jezero crater (above) can fit most of greater London or Barcelona inside of its rim. We were able to get a section of the … Read more

Beyond spirit- an earthly escape into Mars

Site Analysis & Research The evolution of architecture over the last decades brought challenges on joint cooperation between architecture professionals. Digitalization of processes and introduction to interdisciplinary teams made this process specially challenging. This work sample is a demo of a collaborative workflow between 2 people inside one project, while this same project is a … Read more