Bricks & Blocks

Bricks & Blocks

Expand your knowledge of modular systems, make your own set of building blocks and explore the creative potential of these systems.

This workshop takes a bottom-up approach, using play and collaborative research to teach design principles of modular systems. By varying the proportion and scale of the individual units within a given set, new complex structures can emerge in surprising and unexpected ways.

The workshop will incorporate discussions on the fundamentals of masonry (dimensions, proportions, static systems, forces, etc.), the history and properties of various materials and techniques of wood, brick, and stonework in construction using modular units. During the workshop, each participant will develop his or her own set of building blocks, produced under supervision during the course and further developed as a design tool. The course will finish with an exhibition of the results.

This workshop is informed by the belief that learning is best when both mind and hand are involved, and that innovation comes through play and creative experimentation. It will be useful to architects, artists, designers and anyone who wants to work with the basics to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of form and function, the relationship of the part to the whole, and how complex structures emerge from simple elements.

Hinnerk Utermann is a trained bricklayer, architect, and teacher. Dr Arryn Snowball is a visual artist. They have collaborated together to create building sets for various exhibitions and happenings.

The course is designed for students from the fields of architecture, art, and design.

Dipl. Ing. Hinnerk Utermann
- PhD candidate in Architecture
- teaches Architecture at Bauhaus Universität Weimar since 2015
- Artistic research at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna Make it real (
- Trained Bricklyer

Dr. Arryn Snowball
- Doctorate of Visual Arts
- Visual artist with multiple solo exhibitions in Australia, Japan and Europe
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The course fee is 890 EURO.

690 EURO for students & alumni
350 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Daily Lunch at the University Cafeteria (Monday - Friday)
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme including excursions
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Please note our terms and conditions (admission conditions, cancellation conditions etc.)

The course fee does not include:

  • Travel costs
  • Accommodation

1. Online Registration

Please register first in our system ► Registration
Please follow the instructions on the page.

2. Documents

Please submit until 01 May 2023 the following documents:.

  • CV

  • Letter of motivation 

  • Short Portfolio

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive notification about the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 22 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

In addition to the specialised course, you can also attend one of the three Cultural Studies modules. The modules take place on three afternoons and you can receive 2 additional ECTS to your specialised course.  Further information can be found here

Topics of the modules taught in Englisch:

  • German Bauhaus
  • Germany's Position in International Geopolitics
  • Germany and Fashion

Price: 190 € (per module)

After successful completion of the language course, you will receive a certificate of participation issued by the Bauhaus Summer School. I

Participants earn 3 credit points (ECTS) after completion of the two-week course. In order to receive credit points, t is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons and to fulfil the required tasks. It is possible to receive 2 extra credit points (ECTS) for the course if you book an additional module.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.

If you would like to receive a grade, you must discuss this with the teacher at the beginning of the course! The fulfilment of additional tasks may be necessary.


August 19 - September 02, 2023


The course language is English.