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ΑΣ1306 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (Elective at semester(s) 5, 7, 9, ECTS: 3)



In depth development in the field of research constituted around the notion of folding in architecture.Students will comprehend the architectural dimensions of the concept, its range of applications, and relevant tools including:

-Form generation through single surface transformations

-Modelling folded surfaces

-Folding as a digital fabrication method

-Folded plates and thin shells

-Origami based deployable systems

-Land-form buildings


The design objective of the course is the creation of an architectural shell that integrates folding criteria of pliancy, diversity and the ability to integrate heterogeneous contexts in a continuum. The design ontology of the assignment interweaves historic precedents of folded plate structures with recent models of single surface architecture. Special emphasis is given to the fusion of dynamic computational models with material studies.


Introductory drill (25%) Individual Project (75%)


Vyzoviti, S. (2013) “The Depth of Surface: An evolutionary paradigm for digital architecture”. Proceedings of the International Theory of Architecture Conference  ARCHTHEO2013.  Creativity, Autonomy, Function in Architecture. Meimar Sinan Fine Arts University and DAKAM. Istanbul 4-6 December 2013. pp.284-292

Vyzoviti, S. & Dimitriou, M. (2012) "The grasping hand as form generator: generative modelling in physical and digital media". Proceedings of the MC2012 Symposium: Materiality in its contemporary forms: Architectural perception, fabrication and conception. Les Grandes Ateliers. Les Grandes Ateliers, Rhone-Alpes 26 November – 1 December 2012. Editors: Liveneau, P. Marin, P. pp.91-99

Vyzoviti, S. & De Souza, P. (2012) "Origami tessellations in a continuum: Integrating design and fabrication in architectural education". Proceedings of the International Symposium on Integrated Planning Processes, SCALELESSSEAMLESS: Performing a less fragmented architecture and education. European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture - European Association for Architectural Education and Munster School of Architecture. Munster 15-17 November 2012. Editors: Voyatzaki, Μ. Spiridonidis, C. pp.165-175

Vyzoviti, S. 2011. Soft Shells: Porous and Deployable Architectural Screens. Amsterdam: BiS Publishers

Vyzoviti, S. 2006. supersurfaces: Folding as a method of generating forms for architecture, products and fashion. Amsterdam: BiS Publishers

Vyzoviti, S. 2003. Folding Architecture: Spatial, Structural and Organizational Diagrams. Amsterdam: BiS Publishers


Bechthold, M. 2006. ‘Surface structures in the digital age’ in: Lloyd-Thomas, K. Material Matters, London:Taylor & Francis

Buri, H.U. 2010. Origami - Folded Plate Structures, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Suisse,

Foreign Office Architects. 2004. Phylogenesis: Foa's Ark. Barcelona: Actar

Iwamoto, L. 2009. Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques. New York: Princeton Architectural Press

Jackson, P.2011. Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form. Laurence King Publishing.


folding in architecture, single surface, origami, digital morphogenesis