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Cluster [05]
Architectural 3D Modelling using Autodesk Maya 
Tutor: Cherylene M. Shangpliang [ UK ]
(Zaha Hadid Architects, AA DRL graduate)
Date:3rd & 4th September 2022 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM GMT
[Pls convert to your local timezone]

Duration: 2 DAYS // 8 Hours on both days (incl. of breaks)
ONLINE // Interactive Zoom Workshop
Registration Fee: $125

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[  ] Workshop Title

Architectural 3D Modelling using Autodesk Maya 

[  ] Key Software / Tech to be taught

Autodesk Maya

[  ] Workshop Description

The main objective of this workshop is to equip participants with various techniques of polygon mesh modelling utilizing Autodesk Maya for designing complex geometries and architectural forms. The processes covered in these sessions will explore various mesh modelling operations that can be applied to a simple polygon primitive to achieve desired spatial characteristics in creating social and leisure experiences. The goal of this workshop is to provide participants a comprehensive understanding of utilizing Maya as a design tool giving them the freedom to express their creative potentials in designing aesthetic organic forms. The processes covered in the workshop will enable participants to design architectural projects within the virtual realm to overcome existing conditions and constraints and create and experience exceptional environments.

The workshop is suitable for anyone wanting to learn Maya 3D Modelling comprehensively to design architectural spaces. Exploring complex forms using simple tools & polygonal mesh modelling through Maya will be mastered by participants in this workshop cluster.

[  ] Workshop Inclusions

  • 2-Day Live ONLINE Workshop

  • Live interaction & trouble-shooting with Tutor

  • Example / Workshop Files for future access & practice

  • 6 month access to recordings of all sessions from the online workshop for future reference & practice

[  ] Keywords 

#PolygonModelling #FormFinding #ConceptDesign #ComplexGeometry #3dModelling #MayaModelling #DesigningWithMaya

[  ] Workshop Duration & Type

2 DAYS // 8 Hours on both days (incl. of breaks)

ONLINE // Interactive Zoom Workshop


[  ] Detailed Schedule

Day 1: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT
Session A

- Introduction to Maya as an architectural design tool
- Understanding of the basic Maya software user interface.
- Introduction to polygon modelling and application of basic commands in Maya.
- Design of a Product/Canopy using references to understand simple operations of mesh modelling and potential of Maya as a design-based software.

Day 2: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT
Session B

- Detailed modelling of an architectural typology
- Implementation of polygon modelling techniques to develop a complex architectural geometry.
- Achieving parametric patterning on facade and landscape using Maya as well as building form detailing and materiality.
- Modelling simple interior details within the conceptual geometry.

[  ] Tutor Details

Cherylene M. Shangpliang is an Architectural Designer currently working at Zaha Hadid Architects in London. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Architectural Association Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London under Patrik Schumacher’s research agenda “Agent Based Parametric Semiology” and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore, India. 


Prior to joining Zaha Hadid Architects, she has gained professional working experience at international office MAD Architects in Beijing, China. Since her time at ZHA, Cherylene has worked on various international competition projects developing high-end designs for building typologies, interiors and landscape design. 


She has previously taught workshops utilizing Autodesk Maya as an architectural modelling tool at the Computational Design: NEXT 3.0 online conference in January 2021 and the Metaplay online workshop by DEZACT London in April 2022. She is passionate about communicating complex concepts in architectural design with Autodesk Maya being her primary tool for 3d modelling. Her areas of interests lie in parametric modelling, computational design and generative design methodologies.

[  ] List of FAQ / Workshop Requisites

Q1 Which versions of programs are used?
A1 Any version of Maya. It can be downloaded from:

Q2 Previous experience in Maya required?
A2 No. This workshop is suitable for both Beginners and Intermediate level.

Software download links, Zoom meeting links & other relevant workshop instructions would be sent 3 days prior to start of workshop via e-mail to your registered e-mail ID.


[  ] Recording Provided?

YES. 6-months access would be provided to all workshop participants for practice.

  • Recorded version is made available after the workshop, as per Cluster Tutor(s)'s discretion. (Free for participants; ticketed for non-participants)

  • Check Explara Ticketing platform for availability. [Recording Ticket Purchase activates after end of workshop only - for anyone who has not registered to attend LIVE]

  • Recording is for personal academic use only & comes with copyrights to control re-distribution & transmission (to be signed by buyer).

  • Participation certificate would be issued to workshop participants. Participation Certificates would NOT be provided to buyers of recorded version after the end of the workshop.

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