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The modern way of working of an architect today requires working with the computer. Especially the creation of plans with different software tools is a daily part of the professional routine. Computer-based processes are already learned and applied during the curriculum when working on projects. At the beginning of the first semester DC.start offers an introduction to computer-aided construction, drawing, presentation and design. The course takes place during the semester in close cooperation with the Chair Baukonstruktion. All drawings for the subject Baukonstruktion in the first semester are created using CAD and submitted digitally.

The seminar covers the basic functions of creating architectural plans by focusing on four main topics. Finally, students will be able to create and present structurally drawn, measured and laid out floor plans, sections and views.


  • Introduction to the Basics of Computer Aided Design
  • Orientation in two-dimensional space
  • Draw and change objects
  • Layer structuring
  • Working with blocks
  • Dimensioning and labeling
  • Layout
  • Creating plot styles
  • Plot

Further information

The course is offered exclusively during the respective winter semester. Registration is via RWTH-Online.

In the course of the semester, students will be asked to register with RWTH Moodle in groups of two and to complete a survey on their previous knowledge. Participation in the seminar takes place on your own computer (notebook) or in the Learn.LAB. An own notebook is not necessary but helpful to complete the course. More detailed information on hardware requirements will be provided in RWTH Moodle during the course of the semester.

Students who have to repeat the subject will find all necessary information on this website: https://dc.rwth-aachen.de/de/lehre/bachelor/wiederholung

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