The colloquium “Architectural Design Research and Prototyping” helps students to develop their interests in visual, technological and/or cultural issues related to digital architectural design and construction. Students work independently and benefit from direct exposure to the applied research projects at DDU (Digital Design Unit) exploring architecture from the perspective of: computational analysis and simulation; robotics; machine learning; 3D printing; game/app development. Students formulate their own hands-on task to develop a prototype for innovative way to design or build. Through interdisciplinary teamwork students gain a broader knowledge from the topics worked on by their peers. The course is offered as a research module (5 CP Forschungsmodul) to master students of FB 15 and as an interdisciplinary elective course (5 CP) to students of all other faculties at TU Darmstadt.