Sport Urbanism

This undergraduate bachelor thesis studio examined the potential of sport facilities to organize and structure urban space. The thesis site was set on the former Berlin central airport of Tempelhof, an area 3 times a large as Central Park in New York.

The injection of a highly performative sports program triggered a multitude of responses towards the configuration of landscape, infrastructure and large scale architecture. A parametric model served as spatial diagram. 


Institution: The Ohio State University
Year: 2009
Type: BSc Thesis 

Students: Eight undergraduate students

Generating line-network
Dot distribution along network
Bubble model
final review at OSU

Geneva Winery

This graduate design studio explored a layered urban landscape in Geneva, Switzerland. The winery is understood as cultural, ecological and architectural project. The cultivation of land, the production of wine and the respective landscape architectural design mutually re-enforce each other. After an analytical mapping of the larger context, students worked with physical and digital models. Their projects we located within the striated space of the the urban landscape. The projects resulted in an architecture informed by the specific parameters of landscape, production and inhabitation before formal representation.

Deep Surface

Deep Surface is the first design studio exposure for sophomore students that decide to major in architecture. Deep Surface / ARC 241-242 Sophomore Design Studio/ Aurel von Richthofen @ The Ohio State University 2007-2009

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.

Bürolandschaft – Complex

This seminar held at The Ohio State University (OSU) explored German architecture, culture and aesthetic from 1960–70, a period which re-defined modern architecture in Germany, while coinciding with the cultural and aesthetic revolution of Paris in 1968. German post-war movies served as cultural backdrop to establish a critical architectural theory.

Metabolism Redux

This theoretical seminar held at The Ohio State University (OSU) examined Japanese architecture, culture and aesthetic between 1960 and 1970. The seminar revisited so called Metabolism in architecture and urbanism by studying Japanese movies and pop culture of the time.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Aurel has been appointed as Visiting Faculty to the Knowlton School of Architecture (KSA) at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus Ohio for the academic years 2007-08 and 2008-09. Aurel teaches sophomore and graduate design studios, representation classes for digital design and fabrication, theory classes and research.