Intensive Course 7



Intro to Grasshopper, Maya, and ZBrush V1.0 is a two-day intensive course that will teach participants the basics for getting started with AutoDesk MAYA, Pixologic ZBRUSH, and McNeel GRASSHOPPER 3D. Each programs user interface will be extensively explored to gain knowledge of the different tool sets available. In Grasshopper, we will explore simple examples of parametric design and data tree structures. With Maya we will develop basic sub division polygon mesh modeling techniques via mesh faces, edges, and vertices. Lastly, we will modify meshes with ZBrush’s extensive mesh sculpting, deformation, and patterning utilities. Intro to Grasshopper, Maya, and ZBrush V1.0 is included in the Dynamic Mutations V3.0 workshop but can be taken separately if desired.


  • Basic Grasshopper 3D parametric design and interface
  • Basic Maya mesh modeling and interface
  • Basic ZBrush mesh sculpting and interface

Each Participant should provide their own computer with the following software installed. If you do not have a software, trial versions can be found on each software company’s website. We will send participants links to the required software, trials, and plug-ins for download. Please have the software installed prior to workshop start. If you have issues installing software, we may be able to help you during the workshop.

  • Autodesk Maya
  • Pixologic ZBrush
  • McNeel Rhinoceros 3D
  • McNeel Grasshopper 3D

Intro to Grasshopper, Maya and ZBrush V1.0 will expand from 23 to 24 July, 2016.
Intro to Grasshopper, Maya, and ZBrush V1.0 is included in but may be taken separately from:

Daily meetings will take place from 9:30 to 18:00 at Union of Architects, 11 Krakra Str, Sofia, Bulgaria.
All participants who complete the intensive course will receive a certificate of completion.
For attending this intensive course there is no previous software experience required.
Participants need to bring their own laptops or workstations.
Drinks and lunch snacks are provided.
Please note that places are very limited on a first pay first serve basis!



Intensive Course 7

Chris Thackrey

ZBrush and Unreal Engine Expert
Texas A&M University

Chris recently graduated Texas A&M University, Department of Environmental Design, specializing in a multiplicity of digital mediums, towards the fabrication of progressive architectural designs. Chris was the lead designer at Xuberance from 2013-2015. He has also worked as an intern for Sotamaa, Helsinki, Finland. He was involved in the production and research of advanced 3d-printing techniques, which focused on multi-color texturing in digital fabrication, the resulting work being published during the Tallinn Architecture Biennial in September of 2013. Chris was instructor for Xuberance Workshop Asia-Tour 2014 “Digital Sculpturism” as well as for Tsinghua Architecture Summer School Parametric Design Workshop 2014 & Tongji Summer School 2014. He has also instructed workshops in digital design worldwide, including Xuberance “Drift and Dreams” in Vienna and Amsterdam, and a ZBrush workshop in Brno, Czech Republic sponsored by 3D-Dreaming and FlyingArchitecture. In 2015, Chris worked as a concept designer and technical consultant for Gianni Ranaulo Design (GRD), specializing in Unreal Engine VR and developing techniques for architectural visualization using the Oculus Rift.

Intensive Course 7

Pavlina Vardoulaki
Greece & Bulgaria 

Co Founder & Creative Director @ DesignMorphine
Architectural Assistant Part II @ Foster + Partners
Maya Software Tutor @AA School of Architecture
MArch II Distinction AA Design Research Lab
MArch I Honours Civic Buildings UACEG

Pavlina Vardoulaki is an architect and designer. She is the Co Founder & Creative Director of DesignMorphine. Pavlina is a Maya Software Tutor at the Architectural Association’s world renowned Design Research Laboratory in London and also currently employed as an Architectural Assistant Part II at Foster + Partners. She has also worked on various architectural and interactive design projects at Minimaforms. Pavlina completed her MArch II with a Personal Distinction from the AADRL, London. The diploma project “HyperCell” developed by Pavlina and her team, as part of the Theodore Spyropoulos Studio, was exhibited and presented at the Future Fest organized by NESTA, the AA School of Architecture, the XIV World Trienal of Architecture by UNESCO and ACADIA 2015. In 2012 she completed her MArch I in Civic and Cultural Buildings and graduated as a Valedictorian from the UACEG, Sofia. Pavlina also participated in a series of world conferences and collaborations, such as: the collaboration of the AADRL with Ferrari design 2014, the Zaha Hadid Studio Vienna “en[Coded] Fields” workshop, the AA School of Architecture collaboration with Louis Vuitton and others.

Intensive Course 7

Georgi Kunchev

Member @ DesignMorphine
Principal @ Stephen George International
MArch History & Theory UACEG

Georgi Kunchev is currently working as a Principal Architect at Stephen George International. He was part of the visualizations team CGI Source focused on architectural visualizations and marketing images for some of the biggest UK architectural studios. He graduated from the UACEG, Sofia, with a Master’s degree from the Department of History and Theory of Architecture in 2013. With a team of colleagues from Atelier 3, Georgi won the First Prize Award for the Plovdiv Palace of Couture. They also participated in the competitions for the National Exhibition Centre in Sofia, the Plovdiv central square, the Bologna shoah memorial and the Preston bus station. Georgi also took part in the Generative Morphologies Workshop 2014 with an interpretation of Buckminster Fuller’s Jitterbug. Moreover, he contributed in HyperCell’s Final Project Presentation at the AADRL.

Union of Architects in Bulgaria, Sofia, Krakra 11 Str.