Section of Computer Aided Architectural Design
The section focuses on the application of modern informational and communicational technologies in architecture and follows contemporary tendencies in this field, as well as changes that can be observed in our profession owing to the intense technological advance. Apart from the fact that such extreme dynamic processes require persistent and thorough tracking, it is necessary to foresee and evaluate their impact so as to prepare the students, our future architects, for the best-quality work possible.
The pedagogical methods and the content of courses are increasingly adjusted with regard to the previous skills of the prospective students, and the strategy of present and future development of the Section strives to interpret the increasingly complex skills that the future architects will have to master.
The courses are focused on mastering various skills in virtual 3D space and familiarizing the students with the concept of virtual construction (BIM) as a basis for the fruitful use of computer programmes that can create simulations of all aspects of sustainability in an architectural space.
The Section uses practical exercises in order to develop the largest possible range of skills that the future architects must possess. The main fields include the use of 2D computer graphics: raster graphics – the use of optical reader, graphic processing, and poster production; vector graphics – processing of technical designs, technical illustrations; and 3D computer graphics: creating 3D models in virtual space, use of tools for transforming the models and for their spatial analysis, use of 3D models of buildings as the basis for obtaining technical documentation, making computer simulations (visual simulations, as well as simulations of light, energy, and construction).