London - Summer DLAB Final Prototype, Hugh Taylor (Summer DLAB Student 2018)

London - Summer DLAB

Summer DLAB

Monday 22 July – Friday 9 August 2019

‘Summer DLAB’ will pair advanced computational design and analysis with large-scale prototyping techniques in order to create innovative, new forms of architecture.  It’s a three-week full-time course (including weekends) that will take place in the unique atmosphere at the AA.  Here, in the historic buildings of Bedford Square, we will use computational methods to carry out design, analysis and fabrication to investigate correlations between form, material and structure. We will also create custom-made architectural processes, through a mix of conventional and contemporary approaches. The design phase will be followed by a period of physical experimentation and the creation of a 1:1 scale prototype, created using robotic fabrication techniques. Our aim is to integrate form-finding, material computation and structural performance to explore the possibilities of cutting edge twenty-first century architectural methods. In particular, we will focus on exploring how to integrate geometrical, structural and material properties with robotic metal forming processes.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Teaching team: Summer DLAB tutors are selected from recent graduates / current tutors at the AA and the small student ratio (5:1) allows for personalised tutorials and debates
  • Facilities: AA's cutting-edge facilities used for the fabrication of physical outputs and prototypes on a 1:1 scale. Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL) offers laser cutting, CNC milling, and 3d printing facilities, and two KUKA robotic arms
  • Computational skills: The toolset of Summer DLAB includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Processing, Grasshopper and various analysis tools
  • Theoretical understanding: Dissemination of fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies through theoretical sessions and seminars
  • Professional awareness: Summer DLAB performs as a simulation of the professional environment due the priority given to team-based design approach. Participants range from 2nd year students to PhD candidates and full-time professionals
  • 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 1:1 scale prototypes with the use of KUKA KR60 and KR30 robots
  • Lecture series: A serie of lectures 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 AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1950 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee.  A non-refundable deposit of £350 is required when registering with the online form - with the remaining balance due to be paid by the deadline of 8 July 2019.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at 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). No prior knowledge of software tools is required for eligibility.

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.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


Elif Erdine is an architect, designer, and researcher. She is the Studio Master at the Architectural Association (AA) Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Programme. She is also the Programme Director of AA DLAB Visiting School and AA Istanbul Visiting School. She has previously worked for Zaha Hadid Architects. She received her B.Arch. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2003 (High Honors), and M.Arch. degree from the AA Design Research Lab (AA DRL) in 2006 (Project Distinction), and her PhD degree from the AA (2015). Her projects have been printed widely in international and national architecture publications.


Programme Head
Elif Erdine

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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