MSc./M.Arch Emergent Technologies and Design EmTech Design and Build project at the AA Bar terrace, 2018


Director Michael Weinstock
Studio Master Elif Erdine
Studio Tutors Antiopi Koronaki, Alican Sungur
Teaching Assistants Mohammed Makki, Milad Showkatbakhsh

For the last 17 years, our 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’ll continue to investigate new synergies of architecture and ecology through the critical intersection of computational design and fabrication. Our focus is an exploration of the 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 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, large-scale robotic fabrication and evaluation – and reflected upon in verbal presentations, group discussions, and documented in analytical and scientifically structured papers – both practical and theoretical methods of enquiry prove key to EmTech and its integrative approach to study.

Our MArch and MSc programmes have two distinct phases – the Studio and the Dissertation – and both are aligned with (and supported by) the research of the programme team and the advanced expertise of our alumni and research colleagues in practice and industry.

The Studio workshops, seminars and design projects are led by EmTech staff and associated researchers and offer a creative and intellectually rigorous sequence 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. We practise two main fields of Design Research: Dynamic Material Systems with Advanced Fabrication including robotic techniques and Ecological Urban Design in emergent biomes. Students assimilate appropriate theoretical discourses with 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 an essential part of both the pedagogy and culture of Emtech. It runs right through the year, alongside both the Studio and Dissertation projects, and provides the opportunity 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.


Michael Weinstock 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 of Excellence 2008, and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Elif Erdine 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 rationalisation, material behaviour, and robotic fabrication techniques.

Antiopi Koronaki is currently pursuing her PhD degree in architecture at the University of Bath. Her research interest lies in the layout optimisation of space frame structures. She is a graduate of the EmTech programme.

Mohammed Makki is a PhD candidate under the directorship of Dr Michael Weinstock and co-author of Wallacei (2016). His research examines the relationship between the factors that govern the evolution of species in nature, and their computational translation, to the factors that regulate the growth, development and adaptation of cities across multiple environmental and climatic conditions.

Alican Sungur is currently a Computational Designer at Pattern Design. His main focus is on performance-oriented architecture through modelling and manufacturing complex geometries, and on spatial, environmental and structural analysis methods. He is a graduate of the EmTech programme.

Milad Showkatbakhsh is a PhD candidate under the directorship of Dr Michael Weinstock and co- author of Wallacei (2016). His research interest includes the computational implementation of evolutionary and biological principles into architectural design processes across a range of scales.

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