We offer students an introduction to basic CAD programs for architects (AutoCAD, 3DstudioMAX, Rhinoceros+Grasshopper) and BIM programs (Revit+Dynamo, ArchiCad, Grasshopper). With regards to computer graphics, students will learn the basics of the vector graphic programs Illustrator and InDesign, will be introduced to the raster program Photoshop and they can also get information on virtual reality and computer aided sketching. Virtual reality headsets are available in MOLAB, with interesting programs for creative approaches in a 3D space, and students will also be able to try out various electronic sketching tools.
A pair of experimental studios has been established in master’s studies. The studios Achten – Pavlíček or Nováková, Florián – Kurilla / FLOW build on the foundation of knowledge of computer-aided design that the students learn during the basic training, but mainly through their own studies. They include various processes and skills from the area of advanced design procedures and techniques. The graduates of these studios often continue in doctorate studies with Professor Achten and Professor Florián, where they are involved in long-term research in the area of computer-aided design, specifically simulations and the optimisation of various processes, digital fabrications, additive manufacturing, advanced systems and materials. The experimental MOLAB studios are an excellent incubator for new ideas and new approaches of architectural design.
In the field of computer-aided architectural design (Design Computing), MOLAB cooperates with universities the world over and regularly participates in eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe) conferences; Henri Achten is a member of the board of this recognised European association. Pedagogues and doctoral candidates are currently cooperating on projects with TU Innsbruck, ITKE Stuttgart and TU Barcelona.
Part of the scientific orientation of MOLAB is the PET-MAT research group, where Kateřina Nováková and Šimon Prokop obtained a long-term contract with Karlovarské minerální vody, a. s., to cooperate on the research of the usage of recycled PET bottles in architecture. Lukáš Kurilla and Šimon Prokop are working on the ADAM project for Škoda Auto, a. s., the goal of which is the design and development of software solutions for parametric modelling of industrial buildings.