MSc./M.Arch Emergent Technologies and Design Entwine is the product of the 2017 Design & Build workshop within the EmTech programme. The pavilion is derived from extensive research on plywood composite material systems, specifically on curved plywood tensegrity.

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

For the last 17 years the Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) programme has been open to graduates in architecture and engineering who wish to develop skills and pursue knowledge in an architectural design science located in new production paradigms. This year we will continue to investigate new synergies of architecture and ecology through the critical intersection of computational design and fabrication. Our focus is on the experiential and social potential 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 the experience of research-driven design projects that are developed in an intellectually rigorous and creative studio environment. Our projects are pursued in multiple iterations - as hypotheses, to material and computational experimentation, to robotic fabrication and evaluation. At the same time students reflect on this work in presentations and group discussions throughout the year, and analyse their findings in 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

Made up of workshops, seminars and design projects, the Studio offers a creative and intellectually rigorous approach to design that builds knowledge and skill. It provides an intensive engagement with design science and introduces students to London's wider community of design researchers. Work culminates in the formation of a detailed proposal for an original architectural inquiry to be pursued in the Dissertation.

The Dissertation Research Studio

Commences 23 April 2018
MSc Final Presentation 12 September 2018, final submission 21 September 2018
MArch Final Presentation 12 December 2018, final submission 11 January 2019

The Dissertation extends the acquisition of research competencies through extensive collaborative dialogue with EmTech's research community of active post-doctoral researchers and PhD candidates. There are two main fields of design research activity: 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 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 EmTech's extracurricular collaborative student project and is an essential part of the pedagogy and culture of the programme. Running throughout the year alongside the Studio Dissertation, it provides opportunities to design and deliver a built project with real material, structural, fabrication and assembly constraints. The experience enhances the design, computational and analytical skills acquired in Studio, and it develops crucial transferable 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.

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Dr.Michael Weinstock, Director

Dr.Elif Erdine, Studio Master is an architect and researcher. Her AA PhD thesis focused on the integration of tower subsystems through generative design methodologies informed by biomimetic analogies. Since 2010 she has taught a number of AA Visiting Schools. Her research interest lies in the integration of computational design, geometry rationalisation, material behaviour and robotic fabrication techniques.

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

Antiopi Koronaki, Studio Tutor is a graduate of EmTech (2014, Distinction) and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in architecture at the University of Bath. Her research interest lies in the layout optimisation of space frame structures.

Alican Sungur, Studio Tutor is a computational designer at Pattern Design. His work focuses on performanceoriented architecture through modelling and manufacturing complex geometries, and on spatial, environmental and structural analysis methods. He is a graduate of EmTech (2016, Distinction).

Manja van de Worp is an architect and structural engineer, and director of Nous Engineering Consultants with offices in London and Los Angeles. She has been design engineer on a number of innovative structures in advanced materials and is a structures research tutor in the Postgraduate School of Architecture at the RCA.

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Projects Review 2017


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