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IV EDITION   400 hours

This is an unique study program in the world that introduces you to parametric design and digital manufacturing in the fields of:
Design product, architecture, landscape, digital fabrication, etc. through the creation of physical and digital parametric models using as main tools Grasshopper for Rhino and our CNC milling machine.
GRASSHOPPER is a free s a graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3-D modeling tools. Unlike RhinoScript, Grasshopper requires no knowledge of programming or scripting, but still allows designers to build form generators from the simple to the awe-inspiring. It is used at most famous architecture offices (Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster…) or engineering teams as the one of Sagrada Familia (Barcelona), one of the most technological advanced buildings in the world.
We will have the best available tutors and instructors for every UNIT; with university teaching experience.
Who is it for? Aimed to professionals and students from the world of architecture, industrial design.. interested in learning and use of parametric working tools.

The course includes a Full RHINO 5.0 Educational Licence!





The course is divided into 5 GROUPS with several UNITS:

GROUP I: NURBS modelling (Rhino, Grasshopper)


GROUP III: MESHES modelling (Grasshopper for organic design, structural analysis, thermal calculation and form-finding)

GROUP IV: INTEROPERABILITY (Grasshopper and its connection with arduino, sensors, data from internet, Python)

GROUP V: THESIS (personal work on the main interests of the student based on the previous units + V-Ray for rendering)

The aim of every UNIT is that students can learn new parametric tools based on Grasshopper.

Instruction Language: ENGLISH

Place: ControlMAD, Madrid, Spain.

Maximum number of students: 12

Minimum number of students: 7

2015 Edition (Program)

2014 Edition (Program)

2014 Edition (Units – Students works)

2013 Edition (Program)

2013 Edition (Units - Students works)


Instructors, lecturers and visits:

_Sergio Alonso del Campo, Diego García Cuevas and Victor Armas Crespo - Controlmad (Spain)

_David Serrano Lozano. Interoperability expert [Random] office (Spain). Revit Instructor at ControlMAD.

_McNeel Europe staff. Rhino Developers.

_Rest of visiting instructors for 2015 edition, top experts in the field, will be announced soon.

_Visit to Fundición Capa with Julia Capa (Spain).

_Visit to an outstanding Parametric / Rhino projects: Arganzuela footbrigde, by Perrault Architects.

_Trip to an European city with Parametric buildings. Last editions were to Barcelona and Sagrada Familia.


Instructors and lecturers at previous editions:

_Francesc Salla (responsible for the development of Visual-Arq, AsuniCAD)

_Arturo Tedeschi. Form-finding expert.  ArturoTedeschi Office (Italy)

_Thomas Grabner/Ursula Frick  [UTO] Geco, Mesh Edit Developers. (Austria)

_Pep Tonabell, Enrique Soriano. CODA-Office. Barcelona Tech

_Luis Fraguada. gHowl Developer

_Marta Verde.

_Clemens Preisinger. and Moritz Heimrath. Structural analisys experts Karamba Developer. (Germany).

_Pepe Ballesteros. Chairman of Pasajes Magazine. 

_Andrés de Mesa – Sagrada Familia engineers (Spain)




Dates: September 8th – December 4th 2015

Course schedule: From Monday to Thursday.

Lectures are taken in the morning. Afternoon time is devoted to personal student’s work based on what instructors have taught during the morning.

Lectures and tutor support (classroom)___________________9,30 am - 3 pm (30 minutes break)

Personal projects; independent work (on-site or at home)_______3,30 pm – 6,30 pm

Course Presentation_________________Sept.7th 2015

Course Start________________________Sept. 8th 

End of course_______________________Dec. 3th 

Course closing and thesis presentation___Dec. 4th 2015



Are you interested? There are seats available!

Please download and read this registration .pdf file: How to register

Enrollment fee: 3950 euro (VAT included)

Early bird special price until April 30th : 3450 euro

Enrollment deadline: August 1st, 2015

How to make the payment:

_ Bank transfer or cash payment to bank account shown in the registration .pdf file

_ Credit card or PayPal*. Click on the Pay Now button

(*Additional management fees are included in the total cost).

In order to guarantee a seat in the course, it is possible to make a first deposit of 800 euro and pay the rest of the fee in a maximum period of 30 days. Please check the registration pdf.

Do  you need a visa? It should not be a problem as the length of the course is less than 3 months and most tourism visas are OK to stay in Spain for this period. Anyway, for Non-EU citizens we do strongly recommend to contact the Spanish Embassy and start as soon as possible the paperwork! It may take time depending on each country. 

We had students from Canada, U.S.A., Brazil, Latvia, Portugal, Venezuela, Panama, Mexico, Phillipines, China, Kuwait, Iran, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, India, Singapur, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Spain.





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Contact us for more info at:

+34 915393366 (Spain)  info@controlmad.com

Skype: controlmadfablab