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Time: 3-days

[ask for the time-flexible course]


Students: EUR 250,- (+ VAT)

Professionals: EUR 390,- (+ VAT)

The course

The definition of a complex shape defined as parametric is generated by a diagram that uses geometric elements and parameters. The parameter is the variable that can determine the change in the result of the equation or of the system.

The essential tools for this design process are the editors hosted by software such as Grasshopper within Rhinoceros.

The flexibility that this type of algorithmic design offers, an alternative to the classic three-dimensional modeling of shapes, is that by manipulating the data you can always go back to the beginning of the process, making it reversible.

Today everything that surrounds us is in some way influenced by the presence of algorithms, because parametric design gives creative expressive freedom and is applicable to any scale of the drawing. The industrial product, architecture, urban planning, biomechanics and all types of engineering.


The main goal of the course is the control of surfaces and volume through the freeform rules.

The program


  • Module 01 - Case study

  • Module 02 - The principle, the work tools

  • Module 03 - Introduction to the scheme concept

  • Module 02a - Surface, the rules

  • Module 02b - Surface, methods and variations

  • Module 02c - Modulation, paneling, tailormade

  • Module 03 - Volume, rules and freeform



  • Exercise #1

  • Exercise #2


The course is intended for beginners in parametric modeling and Grasshopper. No previous Grasshopper experience is required, but it is preferable to have an intermediate level in Rhinoceros.


  • Students: EUR 250, - (+ VAT, if applicable) (full-time students and university professors get a 50% discount, upon presentation of proof of status)

  • Professionals: EUR 390, - (+ VAT, if applicable)


COMBO special offer:


SURFACE-paradigm [Rhinoceros + Grasshopper]

For both courses:


  • Students: EUR 450, - (+ VAT, if applicable)

  • Professionals: EUR 720, - (+ VAT, if applicable)


Please note that your seat is only confirmed once payment has been approved.


Course date

You can choose to attend the course on the set dates or ask for the "Flexible-mode" dates. Write to us to tell us when you want to take the course.

Course languages

English, German, Italian


Nicola Violano

ART (Authorized Rhino Trainer) and BIM-Coordinator (buildingSMART)

Nicola Violano (1989) is an architect and independent researcher based in Berlin.

Member of Stone Academy since 2013, he combines professional work in Italy with personal study on algorithmic design, concentrating on the link between stone as material and new design technologies.


Algorithms-Aided Design and CNC milling (Computer numerical control) are some of the methods he uses in his work. Recognized as technical experts, he is BIM-Coordinator, officially registered in the buildingSMART Professional Certification - Foundation Registry (German Chapter) and in the McNeel Authorized Rhino Trainers (ART) list.


He is author of several articles and the material produced in recent years, relating to the research areas explored, is collected in journals and in publications edited by other authors.


His works have been presented at the Biennale di Venezia, Marmomacc (International Natural Stones, Design & Technology Exhibition), EXPO Universal Exposition Milano and many others.

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