Fundamentals of Digital Design for Architecture

Fundamentals of Digital Design for Architecture

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

This program is a new spin on beginning architectural design, introducing digital skill sets and parametric thinking through drawing, modeling, and prototyping. The exercises progress from two-dimensional drawings and graphic compositions, to three-dimensional spatial studies, to physical and material investigations. At each step, computational design tools and digital information are used to generate, analyze, prototype architectural design propositions. The exercises can be performed with an array of software, however the course demonstrations make use of Rhino3D and Adobe Illustrator (no prior experience with Rhino and Illustrator is required, in fact, the exercises are structured for students to learn how to deploy these tools from scratch). Regardless of specific software tools, the principles that are introduced and applied in this course make it suitable for a range of audiences—beginners, as well as professionals who wish to retool their skills in digital design.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of different drawing types and produce these drawing types with software.
  • Ability to model surface and volume studies digitally as well as physically.
  • Understanding of basic computational design concepts, terms, and techniques.


3 Courses
12 Sessions / 6.0 hours of work per session
59 Lesson videos
Course 1: Digital Drawings: Points, Lines, Curves Starts in 6 days
  • Session 1: Line Drivers – Rules-based Drawing with Line Weights
  • Session 2: Ordering 2D Modules – Geometric Operations
  • Session 3: Algorithmic Field Drawings
  • Session 4: Digital Collage Compositions
Course 2: Digital Modeling: Volume, Surface, Space * Starts in 6 days
  • Session 1: Ordering 3D Modules
  • Session 2: Aggregating Modules
  • Session 3: Breaking the Cube
  • Session 4: Interlocking Spatial Systems
Course 3: Digital to Physical: Repetition + Difference: Component-to-System Relationships * Starts in 6 days
  • Session 1: Parametric Thinking
  • Session 2: Materializing Components
  • Session 3: Component Phylogram
  • Session 4: Immersive Spatial Component System
* Program exclusive course

Featured Coursework


Skill Level : Beginner

Prior Knowledge: Prior knowledge of Rhino3D, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop is helpful, but not required.

Materials: Textbook: Johnson and Vermillion (2016), Digital Design Exercises for Architecture Students, Routledge.

Equipment: Computer

Software: Rhino 3D, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Upon completion you'll earn
  • A verified Specialist Certificate that prove you completed the Program and mastered the subject.*
  • A verified course Certificate for each individual course you complete in the program.*

* Each certificate earned is endorsed by Kadenze and the offering institution(s).

Price: $500 USD *

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