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London - Summer DLAB

Summer DLAB

Monday 24 July – Friday 11 August 2017

AA Summer DLAB experiments with the integration of advanced computational design, analysis, and large scale prototyping techniques. In its 12th year, Summer DLAB continues to build on its expertise on complex architectural design and fabrication processes, relying heavily on materiality and performance. The programme brings together a range of experts - tutors and lecturers – from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices, Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects, among others. The research generated at Summer DLAB has been published in international media - ArchDaily, Archinect, Bustler - and peer-reviewed conference papers, including SimAUD (Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design), eCAADe (Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe).

AA Summer DLAB investigates on 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 one-to-one scale prototype realized by the use of robotic fabrication techniques, with the aim of integrating of form-finding, material computation, and structural performance.

Taking place at the unique atmosphere of AA’s London home, the three-week long programme is formulated as a two-stage process. During the initial stage, participants are introduced to core concepts related to material processes, computational methods, and various 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’. During the second stage, participants will propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during the previous phase, supported by scaled study models and prototypes. Finally, the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention with the use of robotic fabrication techniques will 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. Participants engage in an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio (5:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.

Facilities: AA London houses cutting-edge facilities for the fabrication of physical outputs and prototypes on a one-to-one scale through digital fabrication techniques or other forms including the use of plastics, wood, and metal. Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL) offers laser cutting, CNC milling, and 3d printing facilities, and 2 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: The dissemination of fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies to the participants through theoretical sessions and seminars forms one of the major goals of Summer DLAB.

Professional awareness: Summer DLAB performs as a simulation of the professional environment due the priority given to team-based design approach. Participants ranging from 2nd year students to PhD candidates and full-time professionals experience a highly-focused collaborative educational model which promotes research-based design and making.

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 one-to-one scale prototypes with the use of KUKA KR60 and KR30 robots.

Lecture series: Taking advantage of its unique location, London, Summer DLAB creates a vibrant atmosphere with its intense lecture programme conveying the diverse expertise of professionals from some of the world’s leading practices in the areas of digital design and fabrication techniques.


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 17 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.


Architectural Association School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1900 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. If you already acquire Visiting Membership, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system. 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 July 17th.

The AA Visiting School fee includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee and Materials for the Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL) are included. Should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at:        

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.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design-related field students, PhD candidates and young professionals. The eligibility of applicants who do not have a design-related background will be assessed on an individual basis by the Programme Head/s.

Directors' biographies
Elif Erdine is an architect and researcher. Architect, designer, and researcher. Currently, she teaches at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Programme, and Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design, and Environment. She is the Programme Director of AA DLAB Visiting School and AA Istanbul Visiting School. She has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects during 2006 – 2010. 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.

Architect and researcher, Alexandros Kallegias is an architect currently teaching at the Architectural Association (AA) (2011-current), and Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design, and Environment. He is the Programme Director of AA Greece Visiting School, AA Athens Visiting School, and AA Summer DLAB. He is a Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects (2011-current), acting as the BIM Coordinator of Riyadh KAFD Metro Station. He received his MArch degrees from University of Patras in 2006 (High Honors), and AA Design Research LAB (DRL) in 2011. He is a registered architect in the UK and Greece. In his research he aims to transform static built models to animated kinetic prototypes.


Programme Heads
Elif Erdine
Alexandros Kallegias

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

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