Platforms Digital Design Workshop

August 13–16, 2012

Update (July 27): Currently, there are nine spots left in the Platforms program for 2012. This number will be updated as it changes.

UIC's Platforms Digital Design Workshop provides architecture and design students and professionals with a thorough introduction to contemporary methods and techniques in architectural communication. The brief camp offers an opportunity to develop familiarity with digital tools for three-dimensional composition in software and the generation of advanced forms and to become comfortable working with complex geometries. The course enables participants to think quickly within the software in order to design digitally, gaining exposure to the number of ways (renderings, drawings, animations) that one can communicate work. All course participants become familiar with NURBs Geometry, Polygonal and Sub-Divisional surface modeling, and rendering and illustration techniques.

The course will use AutoDesk MAYA, Rhinoceros, and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and will take place over four evening sessions.

Schedule and Cost

Platforms meets August 13–16, 5–9pm, at UIC's A+A Building (845 W Harrison St). The course includes lectures, software tutorials and demonstrations, and the opportunity to ask individual questions.

The fee for Platforms is $400, to be paid at the time of registration. Please note that Platforms requires each participant to bring his or her own laptop loaded with the necessary software. The School will provide links for free or trial versions of this software before the program begins.


Download a Platforms registration form (editable .pdf)

Platforms is limited to twenty participants; additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list. This page will be updated to reflect the number of spaces remaining as the registration deadline approaches. Participants will be notified of their status via email and mailed a receipt when their registration form has been processed.

Please return the registration form and program fee by August 8, 2012. There are three options for submitting the form and payment:

1. By fax, to 312.413.4488

2. By mail, to

Platforms Registration
UIC School of Architecture
845 W Harrison St, Rm 3100 A+A, MC030
Chicago, IL 60607

3. By email, to

Please note that the School cannot accept credit card information over email. If you are registering by email and paying with a credit card, please call the School at 312.966.3335 to process your payment.


Platforms 2012 will be taught by Assistant Professor Paul Preissner.

School of Architecture bio
Paul Preissner Architects


Please direct questions to or 312.996.3335.