Marvelous Mondays

Aurel von Richthofen presents his design and research work to GUtech students of Architecture and Urban Planning (UPAD) in 2011. Aurel uses a video flip-through of his portfolio 2007-09 showing early design and teaching projects including the Zurich elephant park, TU Delft campus, Rotterdam Museum and EuroMarseille competition.

The portfolio was made in small edition of 10 copies and hand assembled in Ohio, USA. The portfolio can be browsed here:


Portfolio 2002-2009

This Portfolio 2002-2009 is primarily an archive of projects gradually expanding through teaching and practice. In analogy to the periodic table this archive can hold, but also predict, elements before their actual discovery or realization in design. Within this framework the projects resist a reductive chronological or typological classification, common to many architectural portfolios.

Assistant Professorship

Since fall 2010, Aurel von Richthofen is assistant professor for computer aided design (CAD) at the German University of Technology in Oman.

UPAD publication 2012

Aurel von Richthofen edited the first publication at the Department of Urban Planning and Architecture Design (UPAD) at the German University of Technology in Oman. The yearbook collects the works produced from 2010 to 2012. Read the three sections Theory, Design & Research here:

Beyond Rendering, TU Berlin

Aurel speaks on the topic of architectural representation on the conference Beyond Rendering organized by Daniel Lordick at TU Berlin. Architectural representation had only recently moved towards image driven representation forms. The "parametric shift" indicates a tendency towards the text, more explicitly the script.

Islamic Patterns

Islamic Patterns / CAD 1 @ GUtech 2010 - present The 1st CAD seminar introduces students to fundamental concepts of geometry and scale. Students start with analysing Islamic patterns. These traditional patterns are based on circles, squares and hexagons and can be found in many islamic ornaments throughout Oman. They entail basic vectorial transformations, such as translation, rotation, reflection and scale. While re-drawing the patterns in CAD, the students start to re-interpret the pattern in their drawing. Students resolve linear intersections and treat the drawing like an architectural drawing. Later the 2D CAD drawing is interpreted in 3D using extrusion and rotation. This process requires the addition of information. Students are then asked to re-introduce a scale and to read their shapes against a possible programs.

Digital Design & Representation

Digital Design and Representation stand at the core of the education of architects and urban designers. Due to the proliferation of computers, the increasing computer literacy amongst incoming students and the fundamental shift in the profession towards the digital, digital design and representation needs to be re-assessed all together.