Robotic Fabrications After the assembly of the robotically fabricated components the experimental structure undergoes a thorough load-test.

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Robotic Fabrications

Robotic Fabrications

Friday 28 July – Sunday 6 August 2017

Robotic Fabrications is a hands-on and experimental workshop held in the forest out at the AA’s satellite campus Hooke Park in Dorset. The main ambition is to provide an in depth exploration of fabrication methods and technologies.

Merging expert knowledge of timber construction with cutting-edge robotic fabrication technologies we will explore the creative potential of prototyping complex and large-scale timber structures with digital tools resulting in the construction of a roof structure for the temporary foundry building for the Hooke Park Campus.
Our weapons of choice- the chainsaw and bandsaw- will gain an augmented level of precision and control when wielded by the large Kuka KR150 robot. Through rigorous physical testing, we will prototype connection details utilising the extraordinary precision and flexibility of multi-axis robotic machining.
We will investigate the ancient craft and traditions of Japanese joinery to inform our Robotic Choreographies. These principles will undergo a digital interpretation -and whilst preserving the poetry, ritual and sensitivity, get translated into a highly choreographed movement pattern or toolpath for the robot and end-effector.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

The ambition of the course is twofold; firstly we want to provide a pro-active introduction to the exciting world of robotics. The first phase will consist of an initial familiarisation with the robot arm through the teaching pendant. After getting acquainted with the robot we will explore the software and robot machining strategies that will allow and assist us with the generation of suitable geometry and toolpaths.
Secondly the strategies for fabrication will be based upon the ancient traditions of Japanese joinery. The visiting school will focus on translating this dexterous craft full of poetry and skill into a movement pattern and choreography for the robot. We will also engage with advanced 3D Scanning Technologies that will inform and steer our design parameters.
All this will lead to the on-site fabrication and assembly of a prototype roof structure for the foundry building at Hooke Park in Dorset.
Furthermore we will also venture out of the lab, immersing ourselves in the idyllic forest and learn about the different species that make up the forest ecosystem which forms both our material library and site.


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application,
email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.
The deadline for applications is 15 July 2017.
All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

Hooke Park, Hooke, Beaminster DT8 3PH


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £995 per participant, which includes accommodation, 3 meals per day and a £60 Visiting membership fee. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, young professionals and anyone interested in the relationship between fabrication and technology.

Students should be aware that visas are required for Visiting Schools held both in the UK and abroad and it is the student's responsibility to investigate what is required via the relevant embassies in their country.

Heads Bio
Emmanuel Vercruysse is an artist, architect and craftsman with a passion for design-through-making. Trained in both furniture design and architecture he works through iterations of drawing, craft and code, and approaches design as a tacit process that oscillates between intuitive acts and precise operations.
He is co-director of AA Design and Make at Hooke Park, co-founder of art practice LiquidFactory, the field robotics group RAVEN and a member of the design collective Sixteen Makers.
Emmanuel is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he was unit master of MArch Unit 23 for 8 years, and lead the Robotics and Cad-Cam research lab (2009-2015), overseeing its development into one of the UK’s leading design fabrication facilities.


Programme Head
Emmanuel Vercruysse

Course Tutors
Zachary Molicca

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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