London, United Kingdom

DLAB

when 1 September 2022 - 18 September 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee GBP 1260

DLAB experiments with the integration of advanced computational design, analysis, and large-scale prototyping techniques. The programme continues to build on its expertise on complex architectural design and fabrication processes, relying heavily on materiality and performance. DLAB brings together a range of experts – tutors and lecturers – from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices, Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects, amongst others.

Course leader

Elif Erdine

Target group

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino 6. No prior knowledge of software tools is required for eligibility.

Course aim

Teaching team: DLAB tutors are selected from recent graduates / current tutors at the AA. The small student ratio allows for personalised tutorials and debates.
Facilities: AA's cutting-edge facilities used for the fabrication of physical outputs and prototypes. Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL) offers laser cutting, CNC milling, and 3D printing facilities, and two KUKA robotic arms.
Computational skills: The toolset of DLAB includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Processing, Grasshopper and various analysis tools.
Theoretical understanding: Dissemination of fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies through theoretical sessions and seminars.
Professional awareness: DLAB performs as a simulation of the professional environment due the priority given to team-based design approach. Participants range from second-year students to PhD candidates and full-time professionals.
Robotic Fabrication: According to the specific agenda of each year, scaled working models are produced via advanced digital machining tools, followed by the fabrication of a scaled prototype with the use of KUKA KR60 and KR30 robots.
Lecture series: A series of lectures conveying the diverse expertise of professionals from some of the world’s leading practices in the areas of digital design and fabrication techniques.

Fee info

GBP 1260: DLAB requires a fee of £1,760 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting School membership fee deposit which is deducted from the total fee. The deposit will reserve your place, but the full fee is required to participate.

*Early bird discount (saving £500!): £1,260

Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools.