The starting point for the “CDP” (Collaborative Design Platform) interdisciplinary teaching and research project is to examine how digital tools can be used to support architects in the early design stages. The CDP – Collaborative Design Platform – represents an interface between the familiar, tried and tested ways in which architects work with digital tools that support the design process. The focus of the project concept is to create a working environment that fits seamlessly into the design process. The aim is to close the gap between analogue ways of working and digital tools. Using a prototypical setup, we examine the use of the computer as a tool for supporting the design process.