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AA Summer DLAB

Time: July 23, 2018 to August 10, 2018
Location: London, United Kingdom
Street: 36 Bedford Square
City/Town: London
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Phone: +44 20 7887 4014
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Elif Erdine
Latest Activity: Jul 24, 2018

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Event Description

Now in its 13th year, Summer DLAB is a three-week programme taking place at the AA London HQ’s unique atmosphere. AA Summer DLAB experiments with the integration of advanced computational design, analysis, and large-scale prototyping techniques. The research generated at Summer DLAB has been published in international media and peer-reviewed conference papers.

AA Summer DLAB investigates on the correlations between form, material, and structure through the rigorous implementation of computational methods for design, analysis, and fabrication, coupled with analog modes of physical experimentation. Each cycle of the programme devises custom-made architectural processes through the creation of novel associations between conventional and contemporary design and fabrication techniques. The research culminates in the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale prototype realized by robotic fabrication techniques.


Prominent Features of the programme:

  • Teaching team: Summer DLAB tutors are selected from recent graduates / current tutors at the AA and the small student ratio (5:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.
  • Facilities: AA Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL) offers laser cutting, CNC milling, and 3d printing facilities, and 2 KUKA robotic arms.
  • Computational skills: The toolset of Summer DLAB includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Grasshopper and various computational analysis tools.
  • Theoretical understanding: The dissemination of fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies through theoretical sessions and seminars forms one of the major goals of Summer DLAB.
  • Professional awareness: Participants ranging from 2nd year students to PhD candidates and full-time professionals experience a highly-focused collaborative educational model which promotes research-based design and making.
  • Robotic Fabrication: Scaled working models are produced via advanced digital machining tools each year, followed by the fabrication of 1:1 scale prototypes with the use of KUKA KR60 and KR30 robots.
  • Lecture series: Taking advantage of its unique location, London, Summer DLAB creates a vibrant atmosphere with its intense lecture programme.

Eligibility: The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.

Accreditation: Participants gain 1 Year AA Visiting Membership and are awarded AA Certificate of Attendance at the successful completion of AA Summer DLAB.

Applications: The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1950 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. Discount options for groups are available. Please contact the AA Visiting School Coordinator for more details.

The deadline for applications is 16 July 2018. No portfolio or CV, only requirement is the online application form and fees. The online application can be reached from:

For inquiries, please contact: (Programme Head)

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Comment by William C Griffin on July 24, 2018 at 10:25pm

AA Summer DLAB is a good program conducted for architectural students. Since it is being conducted in the form of a workshop, people are able learn more. Because workshops gives more importance to the practical application of the theoretical knowledge. With high quality facilities and highly experienced team of teachers this DLAB will become a much precious one for the students. I regret to miss such a great opportunity. I wish all the very best for your program.
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