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On September 25th, 10 am, we start at Detmold School of Design with an interdisciplinary and international Introduction workshop. The intensive 4-day program will be a “SKILL DRILL” in digital design methods for all incoming master students of the programs MID, MIAD and MIAR. Main topics are generative and parametric design techniques leading to digital fabrication […]



Congratulations to the 2nd place winning team behind “Kaleidoscopic Dune,” Muny-Roth Chev, Jason Daniel, and Vatsapol Nanta. In the image from left to right: the MID-team, Elizabeth Monoian (LAGI Founding director), Michael Schnellbach (CEO BUGA 2023),  Peter Kurz (Mayor of the city of Mannheim), Robert Ferry (LAGI founding director), Yi Yang Chai (First place award), Tina Nailor (Site Project […]



First semester students of the ‘MID Computational Design’ are about to realize an EXPERIMENTAL Pavilion for the University of Applied Science and Art Ostwestfalen-Lippe (TH OWL) at the Landesgartenschau in Höxter in 2023. The Landesgartenschau in Höxter is going to open on April 20th. The project is a cooperation of the Landscape Architects in Höxter […]



Apply now for our interdisciplinary and international four semester MID program (Master of Integrated Design) at the TH OWL. We offer two specializations: COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN and FACADE DESIGN starting each year in the winter term (Sept./Oct.). Applications are open for Non-European applicants until March 31st 2023 and European applicants until June 30th 2023. The study […]


MID_CD // P7 Computational Design (WS 2020/2021)

Existing commercial space frame systems offer structural solutions, which has proven effective and economical for large span projects. Typically, current space frames systems consist of a repetition of a regular pattern, primarily due to the impossibility of resolving complex geometries and topologies with a limited number of standard nodes. As 3D-printing eliminates the incentive of […]

MID MIAD // C1 Digital Tools & Methods I (WS 2020/2021)

Digital techniques and methods help – even if still mostly exemplarily – reinstating basic principles of craft production in design and architecture “ […] in which material and form are naturally intertwined into a tradition of making […]“ (N- Oxman, 2010). The principals of digital design and manufacturing processes are rather linked to a way […]

MID P6+P9 // Contextual Computational – Facade Design (WS 2020/2021)

ALIVE ENVELOPES Buildings should ensure the protection, safety and well-being of their users. The façade plays a special role in this context. It represents the transition from the external environment to the interior and has to fulfill further tasks and functions besides shaping the formal-aesthetic character of the building. It significantly influences the comfort of […]

MID_CD // Thesis_Synthetic & Tangible Agents (WS 2019-2020)

Synthetic & Tangible Agents: A decision support system for urban design In the Master Computational Design, many digital tools are learned, some of which have one thing in common: their use is complex, and they are for the single-user-experience designed. In this collaborative master thesis from Amanda Jardim and Maximilian Müh, supervised by Prof. Dr. […]

MID_CD // S8_Digital Fabrication (SS 2020)

DIGITAL FABRICATION provides the connection and potential of computer-controlled production processes in combination with rule-based design and construction methods. For this semester MID Computational students the task was to develop a digital fabricated 1:1 sculpture using Alucobond material with the CNC milling machine. Called “Space Mesh”, the sculpture is designed to compose more dynamically with […]

MID_CD // P9_Contextual Computational Design – Speculative Architecture (WS 2019-2020)

Architectural performance resides in the complex synthesis of a multitude of agents, bringing together multiple conditions such as of program, site, available modes of construction, materiality, economics, culture into a re-sounding whole. If we consider architecture as being fundamentally determined by dynamic structures of information, we need to explore new methodologies for producing architecture that […]

MID_FD // S4_Climate Related Facade Design (WS 2019-2020)

Mr JAN is an owner for three similar buildings which are located in three different climate zones. He went to his Architect Mr MON and asked him to propose a design for each building that suite each climate zone. As a partner of Mr MON, the student has been asked to make a proposal for […]

MID.MIAD // C3_Floating City – Integrative Architectural Planning (SS 2019)

In the first part of the module, the students developed a deeper understanding of the possibilities in digital modeling and parametric form-finding by simply creating different variations of stacked containers. This process was developed in Grasshopper. The resulting, abstract forms were transferred to Revit in a second workshop, using Dynamo. In Revit, the students had […]

MID_CD // S8_Digital Fabrication (SS 2019)

Digital tools and methods dominate large parts of design, development, simulation and communication processes in architectural design. In advanced studios, architectural projects are already developed predominantly with 3D models. The goal is to establish a smooth workflow between architects, project developers, engineers and clients through a real-time, simultaneous project development environment. In this context, many […]

MID // P5.P8_Hyper Mobility Hub (SS 2019)

The goal of project Hyper Hub was to re-activate the idea of alternative traveling through new, arising technologies, such as hyperloop, drones, electric vehicles and magnetic rail-ways in Europe, which finds itself today in both, a socio-economic but also a deepening global environmental crisis. In interdisciplinary teams of two students, an architectural vision was developed. The […]

MID // P6.P9_Liquid Campus (SS 2018)

This interdisciplinary project connected different modules and departments of the various faculties of the Technical University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe. The competences of the respective fields of study were used to design, develop and plan to realize a 1:1 pavilion structure on the ‘Innovation Campus’ in Lemgo. Hereby the students in the module were taught […]

MID_CD // S8_Kuka Multitool Thermoforming (SS 2018)

Digital tools and methods dominate large parts of design, development, simulation and communication processes in architectural design. In advanced studios architectural projects are already developed predominately with 3D models. The goal is to establish a smooth workflow between architects, project developers, engineers and clients through a real-time, simultaneous project development environment. In this context many […]

MID // P5.P8_E-Volo Skyscraper Competition (SS 2018)

“…it recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and […]

MID.MIAD // C1_Spatial Structures (WS 2017-2018)

Metropolitan areas have grown intensively worldwide over the past century. In the recent years and within that context, architects have developed a variety of concepts for ‚open‘ structures in public spaces or squares (i.e. Metropol Parasol, Sevilla). They can provide protection from weather, traffic or urban bustle and provide space for markets or public events, […]

MID.MIAD // C1_Augmented City (WS 2017-2018)

Yona Friedman is an hungarian-french architect, born in Budapest (Hungary) in 1923, his work is one of the most visionary ones since the second half of the 20th century, and his ideas have inspired to urbanist, architects, designers and sociologist all around the world. His projects of ‘La Dissolution de l‘Architecture‘ are conceived as a […]

MID // C1_Desert  Eyes at Burning Man (2017)

Lehrprojekt ‚New Babylon’

MID_CD // P7_Cliphut (2016)

  A MID student realization project The development process of the ClipHut is based on a circular metamorphosis of digital design and fabrication techniques according to the principals of „design through making“. The design development has been largely driven by constructive and computational design principals including material properties, processing and behaviour but also an optimized […]

MID.MIAD // P6.P9_Liquid Space (2016)

The cross-referenced series of lectures and seminars „Digital Crafting“ at the professorship of CAAD at the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture is mainly about dynamics, changeability and adaptivity in architectural design. Hereby the focus of the development, presentation and realization of architecture lies on the one hand on the architectural presentation and visualization […]

// TEAM //

Prof. ir. Michel Melenhorst

Director MIAD, Contextual Design

Prof. Dipl. Ing. Hans Sachs

Director MID Computational Design   / Computer Aided Architectural Design

Prof. Dipl.-Ing., M. Eng. Daniel Arztmann,

Director MID Specialization Facade Design

Prof. Dr. Uta Pottgiesser

Director MID Specialization Facade Design

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Jens-Uwe Schulz

Director MID Computational Design   Structural Engineering

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Jasper Jochimsen

Architectural Design

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Hall

Urban Planning and Urban Design

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Manfred Lux

Building Material and Construction

M.Eng. Alexander Fillies

Computational Design

Prof. Dr. Winfried Heusler

Facade Design and Technology

Dipl.-Ing. Guido Brand

Assistant in research and teaching FABLAB OWL / FB1

Dipl.-Ing. David Lemberski

Assistant in research and teaching   Computer Aided Architectural Design

Anica Dragutinovic, M.Arch.

Research Assistant | Construction Lab MIAD // MID – FD Program Coordinator

Jan Christoph Kahre Heidemann M.A.

Computational Design/Construction, Digital Fabrication

M. Eng. Thomaz Vieira

Research Assistant | Simulation and programming (MID)

Maryse Niemeier

International Office

B.A. Marie Brackmann

Research Assistant | MID Program Coordinator

M.Sc. Benjamin Kemper

Digital Fabrication

M.Eng. Alvaro Balderrama

Computational Design | Construction Lab