Become a Space Architect

An incredible new opportunity

Life in space is a reality that is becoming more and more concrete every day. This course will allow you to acquire the necessary skills to become a designer of space environments, both for spaceships and housing.

Course Syllabus

  • 2

    Introduction to Space Architecture

    • The physical environment of space

    • History of previous space habitation

    • History of the field of space architecture

    • Practise of space architecture

  • 3

    Planning for humans’ life in space

    • Human Factors and ergonomics

    • Habitability aspects

    • Spatial requirements

    • Psychological impacts and human interaction

    • Physical impacts on the human body (radiation, muscle loss)

  • 4

    Designing for life in zero-g

    • The scientific and political value of the International Space Station

    • ISS structural aspects and its environment

    • Design aspects of the ISS and architectural implications

    • ISS Crew functions

    • Protocols, rituals and stories of the ISS

  • 5

    Simulator architecture: preparing for planetary missions

    • Why we need to simulate missions and build simulators

    • Simulators in natural environments and artificial environments

    • Designing a simulator: scenario and procedure planning

    • Single event simulations versus multiple event simulations

    • Fidelity of simulators and simulations

  • 6

    Scenario and layout design for extra-terrestrial planetary surfaces

    • Requirements for planetary outposts

    • Colonization strategies and objectives

    • Phases of building up a planetary base

    • Construction method approaches

    • Planetary outpost elements configuration

  • 7

    Planning for the life on the Moon

    • Lunar environment characteristics

    • Lunar resource utilization options/potentials

    • Requirements for lunar settlements

    • Examples for building with in-situ materials

    • Challenges for extraction and production

  • 8

    Planning for the life on Mars

    • Martian environment characteristics

    • Martian resource utilization options/potentials

    • Requirements for Martian settlements

    • Examples for building with in-situ materials

    • Challenges for extraction and production

  • 9

    Spaceship earth or cities as a spaceship: design and habitability

    • Space systems lessons to be learned from human spaceflight

    • Examples of spin-offs from space to earth

    • Similarities of space and terrestrial extremes

    • Resilience, recycling and closed-loop systems

    • Potentials of space architecture approaches to conquer challenges of urban developments

  • 10

    Tips to start

    • Becoming a space architect

Learning outcomes

  • Unique Knowledge

    Understanding of the space environment and its architectural implications

  • Architectural skills

    Familiarization with the space requirements specific to space architecture

  • Start designing

    How to plan and design environments for lunar and Martian bases

Highly Recommended for

Upskill yourself, boost your profession into the most innovative emerging market of the future

  • Architects

  • Interior designers

  • Architecture students

  • Engineers

Get your certification

Obtain and participation certificate of the European Center for Space Exploration and Colonization.
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Course mentors

Managing Partner and co-owner of LIQUIFER

Barbara Imhof

Barbara Imhof is an internationally active space architect and design researcher. She is a co-founder, Managing Partner and co-owner of LIQUIFER. Prior to starting LIQUIFER, Barbara did a short stint at NASA Johnson Space Centre in Houston. She has pioneered the field of ‘space architecture’ in Europe and is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC). She has been teaching at renowned institutes in Europe and the United States, for 20+ years.

Managing Partner and co-owner of LIQUIFER

René Waclavicek

René Waclavicek started his career working in design and construction planning for terrestrial buildings. In 2002, he participated in the Lunar Base Design Workshop (LBDW) organised at the European Space Agency’s ESTEC Centre in Noordwijk which was the starting point of his career in space architecture. René applies his skills to interdisciplinary research, design projects and complex geometries, including parametrics.

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