MSc./M.Arch Emergent Technologies and Design Entwine, 2016/2017 Design/Build Project, EmTech students and staff with TRADA, Hanson Plywood and Media10

Director Michael Weinstock Studio Master Elif Erdine Studio Tutors Lidia Badarnah, Antiopi Koronaki, Alican Sungur, Manja van de Worp

We are continuing to investigate new synergies of architecture and ecology through the critical intersection of computational design and fabrication. Our focus is on exploring experiential and social potentials of new material and spatial configurations for architectural and ecological urban systems situated in the dynamic contexts of emerging biomes. The programme is designed to stimulate critical thinking through experience of research driven design projects that are developed in an intellectually rigorous and creative studio environment. Our projects are pursued by multiple iterations through hypothesis, material and computational experimentation, robotic fabrication, and evaluation; reflected upon in verbal presentations and group discussions, and documented in analytical and scientifically structured papers.

Our Masters (M.Arch./M.Sc.) programme has two distinct phases - the Studio and the Dissertation. Both Studio and the Dissertation are aligned with, and supported by the research of the programme team and the advanced expertise our alumni and research colleagues in practice and industry.

The Studio commences 25 September 2017
Completes on 23 March 2018, Final Submission 25 April 2018

The Dissertation commences 23 April 2018
MSc. Final Presentation 12 September 2018, Final Submission 21 September 2018
M.Arch. Final Presentation 12 December 18 2018, Final Submission 11 January 2019

The Studio workshops, seminars and design projects are led by Emtech staff and our associated researchers, and offer a creative and intellectually rigorous sequence of that builds knowledge and skill. It provides an intensive engagement in Design Science and introduces our students to the wider community of design researchers in London practices. It concludes with guiding students through the formation of a detailed proposal for an original architectural inquiry that is to be pursued in the Dissertation.

The Dissertation Research Studio extends the acquisition of research competencies through extensive collaborative dialogue with Emtech's research community of active Post Doc researchers and PhD candidates. There are two main fields of Design Research that we are active in:- Dynamic Material Systems with Advanced Fabrication including robotic techniques, and Ecological Urban Design in emergent biomes. Students integrate explorations of the theoretical discourses, relevant sciences and case studies of 'state of the art' projects in the domain of their chosen topic, and set out the methods and protocols for the development of their Design Proposal. The development and conclusion of the final proposal is pursued through the iterative design cycles that students have acquired knowledge and skills in during the early phases of the programme.

Design and Build is our 'extracurricular' collaborative student project, and is an essential part of the pedagogy and culture of EmTech. It runs right through the year, alongside both Studio and the Dissertation, and provides opportunities to design and deliver a built project with real material, structural, fabrication and assembly constraints. The experience gained enhances the design, computational and analytical skills students have acquired in Studio, and it develops crucial transferrable skills that are applicable to professional practice. Our Design Build projects have been published internationally in the architectural press since 2001, and have received industry awards.


Dr.Michael Weinstock, Director is an Architect and Researcher who studied at the AA and has taught at the AA since 1989. His research interest lies in exploring the convergence of the natural sciences with architecture. He received the Acadia Award for Excellence 2008, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He has an extensive body of published work, including "The Architecture of Emergence: the Evolution of Form in Nature and Civilisation" and "Emergent Technologies and Design - Towards a Biological Paradigm for Architecture".

Dr.Elif Erdine, Studio Master is an Architect and Researcher. Her PhD thesis (2015) focused on the integration of tower subsystems through generative design methodologies informed by biomimetic analogies. Since 2010 she has been teaching and coordinating various AA Visiting School programmes. Her research interest lies in the integration of computational design, geometry rationalization, material behavior, and robotic fabrication techniques.

Dr.Lidia Badarnah, Studio Tutor is a Research Associate at Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture. Her research interest lies in the environmental adaptation of buildings. She has completed her PhD at Delft University of Technology (2012).

Antiopi Koronaki, Studio Tutor is currently pursuing her PhD degree in architecture at University of Bath. Her research interest lies in the layout optimization of space frame structures. She is a graduate of Emergent Technologies and Design Programme (2014, Distinction).

Alican Sungur, Studio Tutor is currently a Computational Designer at Pattern Design. His main focus is on performance oriented architecture through modeling and manufacturing complex geometries, and on spatial, environmental and structural analysis methods. He is a graduate of Emergent Technologies and Design Programme (2016, Distinction).

Manja van de Worp, Studio Tutor is an Architect and Structural Engineer, and Director of Nous Engineering Consultants with offices in London and Los Angeles, and has been design engineer on a number of innovative structures in advanced materials. At the Royal College of Art she is Research Tutor for Structures in the Postgraduate School of Architecture.

Programme site

Projects Review 2017


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Links & Downloads


Prospectus 2016-17
Foundation Course Booklet

Graduate Prospectus


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