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London / Hooke Park - Summer DLAB


Monday 25 July – Friday 12 August 2016

Summer DLAB is now fully subscribed. Should you wish to be put on a reservation list, please contact the Visiting School office at:

Summer DLAB experiments with the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing its color based agenda, Summer DLAB immerses in ‘orange’ for its 2016 cycle, as a starting point to investigate principles of natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces. These concepts are carefully interwoven with spatial, performance-based, and structural criteria in order to create full-scale working prototypes.

The three-week long programme is formulated as a two-phase process. During the two-week initial phase, participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA’s London home. The second phase, lasting for a week, shifts to AA Hooke Park and revolves around the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention realized by the use of robotic fabrication techniques in AA’s Hooke Park premises.

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 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. The facilities at AA Hooke Park allow for the fabrication of one-to-one scale prototypes with a 3-axis CNC router, various woodworking power tools, and robotic fabrication.

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 a one-to-one scale prototype with the Kuka KR150 robot.

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 21 July 2016.

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.


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).


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1900 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. A non-refundable deposit of £380 is required when registering with the online form - with the remaining balance due to be paid by the deadline of July 20th.

Return train tickets between London-Hooke Park, accommodation & food in Hooke Park, and materials from Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL) are included in the fees.
The London phase of AA Summer DLAB will take place during 25 July - 06 August 2016. From 06 August onwards, we will be located in Hooke Park until 12 August 2016.
Participants need to make their own arrangements for the London-based part of the programme.

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

Hooke Park
Dorset DT8 3PH

Programme Heads
Elif Erdine, Alexandros Kallegias

Head's Bio
Elif Erdine is an architect and researcher. She has completed her PhD in Architectural Design at the Architectural Association (AA) (2009-2015). Currently, she is teaching at the Architectural Association (AA) (2010-current), and University of Liverpool (2014-current). She is the Programme Head of AA Summer DLAB and AA Istanbul Visiting School. She has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects from 2006 till 2010. She received her BArch degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2003 (High Honors), and MArch degree from the AA Design Research Lab (AA DRL) in 2006 (Project Distinction). She is a registered architect in Turkey.

Alexandros Kallegias is an architect currently teaching at the Architectural Association (AA) (2011-current), and University of Liverpool (2013-current). He is the Programme Head 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 2000 (High Honors), and AA Design Research LAB (DRL) in 2011. He is a registered architect in the UK and Greece.


Programme Heads
Elif Erdine
Alexandros Kallegias

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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