London - Summer DLAB Summer DLAB 2017, AA’s terrace (photo by Valerie Bennett)

London - Summer DLAB

Summer DLAB

Monday 23 July – Friday 10 August 2018

AA Summer DLAB investigates the correlations between form, material and structure through the rigorous implementation of computational methods for design, analysis, and fabrication, coupled with analog modes of physical experimentation and prototype making. Each cycle of the programme devises custom-made architectural processes through the creation of novel associations between conventional and contemporary design and fabrication techniques. The research culminates in the design and fabrication of a 1:1 scale prototype realized using robotic fabrication techniques, with the aim of integrating form-finding, material computation and structural performance. 

Now in its 13th year, Summer DLAB is a three week programme taking place at the AA London HQ's unique atmosphere. The participants benefit from the use of advance facilities and they have access to the AA library, bookshop and various workshops (metal, wood, digital, photo, and more).

The programme is structured in two stages:

PART 1 - participants are introduced to core concepts of material processes, computational methods and digital fabrication techniques. Basic and advanced tutorials on computational design and analysis tools are provided. The programme performs as a team-based workshop promoting collaboration, research and ‘learning-by-experimentation’.

PART 2 - participants propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during phase 1 and supported by scaled study models and prototypes. The fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention with the use of robotic fabrication techniques will then unify the design goals of the programme. 

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Teaching team: Summer DLAB tutors are selected from recent graduates / current tutors at the AA and the small student ratio (5:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates
  • Facilities: AA's cutting-edge facilities used for the fabrication of physical outputs and prototypes on a 1:1 scale. Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL) offers laser cutting, CNC milling, and 3d printing facilities, and two KUKA robotic arms
  • Computational skills: The toolset of Summer 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: Summer DLAB performs as a simulation of the professional environment due the priority given to team-based design approach. Participants range from 2nd 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 1:1 scale prototypes with the use of KUKA KR60 and KR30 robots
  • Lecture series: A serie 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

Applications

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 visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk 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 16 July 2018.

Fees

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1950 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee.  A non-refundable deposit of £350 is required when registering with the online form - with the remaining balance due to be paid by the deadline of 16 July 2018.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. 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.

Eligibility
The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino 5 (SR7 or later). No prior knowledge of software tools is required for eligibility.

Visas
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.

Insurance
All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.

Programme Heads

Elif Erdine is an architect, designer, and researcher. She is the Studio Master at the Architectural Association (AA) Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Programme. She is also the Programme Director of AA DLAB Visiting School and AA Istanbul Visiting School. She has previously worked for Zaha Hadid Architects. She received her B.Arch. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2003 (High Honors), and M.Arch. degree from the AA Design Research Lab (AA DRL) in 2006 (Project Distinction), and her PhD degree from the AA (2015). Her projects have been printed widely in international and national architecture publications.

Alexandros Kallegias completed his postgraduate studies at the Architectural Association Design Research Lab (ΑΑ DRL) in London. He is the Programme Head of the AAVS Athens, AA Summer DLAB. He is also a key member of the tutoring team of AA Istanbul Visiting School. His research has been published in peer reviewed reports and international publications. He is a Lecturer at the University College London and has previously taught at Oxford Brookes and Liverpool University. He has previously worked as a Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects acting as BIM Coordinator for projects internationally.

Contacts

Programme Heads
Elif Erdine
Alexandros Kallegias

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


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ONLINE APPLICATION



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