MSc./M.Arch Emergent Technologies and Design Emergent Technologies and Design, Projects Review installation detail, 2016, photo Sue Barr

Director Michael Weinstock Studio Master Evan Greenberg Studio Tutor Elif Erdine Tutors Manja van de Worp, Mohammed Makki Professor Emeritus George Jeronimidis


16 months (four terms)


12 months (three terms, plus thesis work)

Since launching in 2001, the Emergent Technologies and Design 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. The programme is made up of two phases - Phase 1 consists of seminars, studio workshops and design projects to familiarise students with core concepts, computational analysis and generative design enabled by innovative fabrication techniques across a range of scales. Phase 2 involves both design research and the design dissertation for the MSc and MArch degrees. Individual and group work (in pairs) is on-going throughout the two phases. In addition, all students engage with the principles of design/build for the entirety of the programme, ultimately gaining expertise in the design, organisation and construction of innovative timber praints.

Core Studio 1 & 2

Core Studio 1 - Material Systems

Evan Greenberg with Manja van de Worp and Elif Erdine, Term 1
The studio builds skills in finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, environmental analysis and robotic fabrication. Physical and digital computational design techniques are used to explore the architectural potential of material system logics that integrate structural, environmental and production systems within specific climatic contexts.

Core Studio 2 - City Systems

Michael Weinstock and Evan Greenberg with Elif Erdine, Term 2
Extending the system logics explored in Core Studio 1 to a complex piece of the city, this studio analyses the interactions of microclimatic, typological and social organisations of a defined urban tissue in order to develop and initiate an evolutionary computational model at neighbourhood scale. The studio is supported by workshops on Python scripting and computational analysis methods in Grasshopper/Rhino and weekly student-led discussions.

Natural Systems and Biomimetics Seminar Course

George Jeronimidis with Evan Greenberg, Term 1
This seminar begins by introducing the formal, material and structural evolution of organisms in response to varied functions and environments. This introduction is followed by an account of current engineering design principles that have been abstracted from nature for industry and material science. Students will initiate a natural system (ie, general form, anatomy, energy flows and behaviour) while exploring the interrelations and abstraction of engineering principles. The methods of analysis, system logics and material performance studied during the seminar are further developed in Core Studio 1.

Emergence and Design Seminar Course

Michael Weinstock, Term 2
In this seminar students will investigate the mathematics of evolution and embryological development; genome processes and data structures; population dynamics; and pressures. This research will then be applied to architectural design in order to conduct generative design experiments, working towards the detailed modelling and analysis of a set of evolved urban block morphologies. The concepts and workflows developed in the seminar are further developed in Core Studio 2.

Design Research Studio and the Thesis/Dissertation

Michael Weinstock, George Jeronimidis and Evan Greenberg with Programme Staff, Terms 3 & 4
The Design Research studio enables students to relate explorations of the case studies and dtheoretical discourses to their own chosen topic and to develop their design strategies, experiments and dissertation proposal. Two main fields of the studio are offered: Active Material Systems with Advanced Fabrication or Urban Design in Natural Ecological Systems. Students may choose one of the two or a hybrid, with the option to work in pairs.

Unit Staff

Michael Weinstock was born in Germany, lived as a child in the Far East and West Africa, and then attended an English public school. At the age of 17, after reading Joseph Conrad, he ran away to sea, where he spent years in traditional sailing ships, gaining shipyard and building experience. He studied architecture at the AA where he has taught since 1989. His research interest lies in exploring the convergence of biomimetic engineering, architecture, emergence and material sciences. He received the 2008 Acadia Award for Excellence and has published The Architecture of Emergence and Emergent Technologies and Design - Towards a Biological Paradigm for Architecture. He has been visiting professor at Rome, Barcelona, Calgary and Yale.

George Jeronimidis is the director of the Centre for Biomimetics in the School of Construction Management and Engineering. He is an active member of the Smart Materials and Structures Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) and has published extensively in these fields. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute of Colloid and Interfaces in Potsdam and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Virtual and Physical Prototyping.

Evan Greenberg is a researcher, designer and educator with interests in biomimicry, advanced fabrication processes, and resilient systems and urban microclimates. He has worked with architects, engineers, artists and fashion designers around the world. He has taught at the AA since 2008 upon gaining his MSc with distinction in Emergent Technologies and Design. Evan has directed workshops and lectured internationally and is a fellow of the Biomimicry Institute.

Elif Erdine is an architect and researcher. Her recently completed PhD thesis (2015) focuses on the integration of tower subsystems through generative design methodologies informed by biomimetic analogies. Since 2010 she has taught at various AA Visiting School programmes, where her teaching experience explores generative design techniques, the integration of algorithmic design methods with large-scale digital fabrication tools, and physical computing.

Manja van de Worp trained as an architect and structural engineer at the Technical University of Eindhoven and Emtech at the AA. Her interests lie in finding synergies between structural design and architecture through technology, geometry and fabrica- tion. She has worked for Arup in London in the Advanced Geometry Unit and Advanced Technolo- gy and Research Group and is now a Principal at NOUS Engineering London.

Programme site


Graduate Admissions Team AA School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

T: 020 7887 4067 / 4007

Links & Downloads


Prospectus 2016-17
Foundation Course Booklet

Graduate Prospectus


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