With Barbara Imhof & René Waclavicek

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Space Economy is generating a billion-dollar market worldwide. Life in Space and on planetary outpostsis becoming an ever closer goal, which already represents an incredible business opportunity for professionals and companies.

The Space Architecture & Design course is designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to enter this market of infinite potential.

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Course Syllabus

New lessons will be added periodically

  Your journey starts here 

What is Space Architecture?

The Multidisciplinary Approach of Space Architecture

Past and Present of Space Architecture

Design Framework

Habitability Aspects

ISS Life Support Systems

Habitability Special Requirements

Architectural Aspects and Workflow

Architectural Functions of Life in Space

How everything comes together

ISS Introduction

Modular System Paradigms

ISS Modular Structure

ISS Crew System

Luna Gateway

Gateway Configuration Concept

Settlements, Strategies and Objectives

The journey into Space

Planetary Outpost Elements Configuration

Common Archetype for Habitats on Planetary Surfaces



Getting There

Lunar Environment and Resources

Lunar Settlements and in-situ Materials

Building Strategies

Building with in-situ Materials

Getting There

Martian Environment and Resources

Settlements and in-situ Materials

Building Strategies

Closed-Loop Life Support Systems

Why we need to simulate missions?


Habitation Simulations

Fidelity of Simulators and Simulations

Design and Habitability

Similarities of Space and Terrestrial Extremes

Recycling, Resilience, and Closed-Loop Systems

Examples of Spin-offs from Space to Earth

City as a Spaceship

Becoming a Space Architect

Space Architecture Pioneers and their Design

Biotechnology for Space Habitats

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Course details

Space Architecture & Design

With Barbara Imhof & René Waclavicek


Very interesting and inspiring course, but not perfect!

Rated 4 out of 5
January 4, 2023

I understand the vastness of the subject of the course that can be deepened thanks to the suggested readings, but sometimes I noticed that some aspects of some lessons were not very detailed or only mentioned. Other times I noticed the absence of entire ‘future lessons’ that had been announced by Dr. Imhof.

In general, in any case, it is a really inspiring and interesting course. The authenticity and passion that Dr. Barbara Imhof, Dr. René Waclavicek and Dr. Monika Brandić Lipińska convey make the course even more fascinating.

It really changed my vision of design and architecture of the future, and it represents for me the starting point of a path towards Space Architecture.

In conclusion I recommend the course to all designers and architects who want to increase their cultural background and design for a sustainable and prosperous future.


Great to get started in the field.

Rated 4 out of 5
January 4, 2023

It’s a great intro course to the field of space architecture. If you’re already a design engineer, architectural graduate, or architectural student, the course offers design concepts to start designing for space and terrestrial environments. However, one area I found very powerful that is often neglected is understanding how to apply space concepts to challenges here on earth, also known as technology transfers.


Great overview for new steps forward

Rated 5 out of 5
January 4, 2023

Thank you for the very complex and interesting overview.

The course runs through several topics and open discussions.

Descriptions, examples and references do really help in going deeper in each field.

A lot of information to work and think about for imagining new steps forward in this discipline.


About the instructors

Managing Partner & 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 Center 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 & co-owner of LIQUIFER

René Waclavicek

René Waclavicek started his career working in design and construction planning for terrestrial buildings. In 2020, 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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Start designing living environments for Mars, the Moon, and life in Zero-G


Who are the instructors?

Barbara Imhof and René Waclavicek are internationally active Space architects and design researchers. Co-owners of LIQUIFER, their extensive experience ranges from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC). Barbara and René are pioneers in the field of Space Architecture in Europe.

Why should I take this course?

This is the world’s first on-demand Space Architecture course. The Space market is one of the emerging economies with the highest potential. Acquiring Space Architecture skills today means opening up unbelievable professional and business opportunities.

Does access to the courses have an expiry day?

No, the course has lifetime access.

Does the School issue certifications?

Of course, once you have finished the course, you can download the School of Disruption certification, recognized by the Swiss Institute for Disruptive Innovation and the European Center for Space Exploration and Colonization. The certificate can be attached to your CV or registered on LinkedIn.

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Space Architecture & Design

With Barbara Imhof

Life in space is getting closer every day. This course will give you the skills you need to become a designer of space environments, both for spaceships and homes.