Building Information Modeling 2015


Building Information Modeling (BIM) provides rich, machine-readable representations of proposed building designs. With BIM, it becomes practical to embed into computational tools the accumulated knowledge regarding good design and construction practices. This subject is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge and basic practical skills of the planning and execution of Building Information Models. It is also aimed to offer opportunities for students to establish a basic understanding of those elements that impact the generation of a Building Information Model, including methods of communication, data creation, social, and economic factors between trades. Building models will be challenged with analysis software to test for various performance criteria. Learning occurs through design cases of building over 4 stories and wide span structures as a way to learn behaviors of all building systems. Students will also use visual programming skills to design parametric schematics.

Student Work

Selected Project Slides


20.003 Introduction to Design Computation
20.007 Digital Design and Fabrication

Learning Objectives

  • An understanding of the critical elements affecting the physical and spatial form of a building
  • Building an extensive knowledge base of design and construction planning
  • Challenge building behavior with analysis software
  • Training in operational skills and tools required to develop solutions and evaluate building models
  • Explore constructs of building database models as geometric objectives with associated data

Measurable Outcomes

  • Conduct team based designs of buildings including most building systems
  • Recognition and methods to design elements of a building model for performance based evaluation
  • Propose detailed components of a building design

References / Bibliography

  • Eastman, C., Teicholz, P., Sacks, R. and Liston, K. (2008) BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers, and Contractors, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, USA.
  • Kensek, K.M. (2014). Building Information Modeling, Routledge, New York, NY, USA.
  • Kensek, K.M. and Noble, D. (2014). Building Information Modeling: BIM in Current and Future Practice, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, USA.
  • Deamer, P. and Bernstein, P.G. (2011). BIM in Academia, Yale School of Architecture.

Course Schedule

Classes consist of 1 hour lectures per week (Monday 10:00-11:00), for all students together. The course also has a 3 hour workshop session, where much of the technical, hands on material is learned. The workshop sessions are held twice a week (Tuesday 10:00-13:00, Thursday 14:00-17:00) each time for half of the students.


Assignment 1         25%
Assignment 2        25%
Assignment 3        25%
Assignment 4        25%


Stylianos Dritsas
Course Instructor
Assistant Professor, ASD
Ozgun Balaban
Teaching Assistant
PhD Candidate, ASD