Architectural Association DLAB: Blue

The Architectural Association announces the 2013 edition of the DLAB, the intensive computation and fabrication oriented workshop. The workshop continues the experimentation of last year's edition, which resulted on the Fallen Star installation.

DLAB experiments with the integration of algorithmic and generative design methodologies as well as with large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing its color based agenda DLAB will immerse in blue for its 2013 cycle as a way to investigate natural growth processes in relation to innovative concepts of architectural tectonics and fabrication. Blue will become the inspiration for diving into the depths of emergence, differentiation and complexity which are found at various scales in nature. We will carefully interweave these concepts with interaction and participatory design in order to create full-scale working prototypes. The programme will be formulated as a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants will benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA’s London home. The second phase will shift to AA Hooke Park campus and revolve around the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention which will unify the design goals of DLAB.

Some of the most prominent features which the participants will be exposed to during DLAB include:  

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·  Teaching team: DLAB tutors are selected from recent graduates / current tutors at the AA. Participants engage in an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio (5:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.

·  Facilities: AA London houses cutting-edge facilities for the fabrication of physical outputs through digital fabrication techniques or other forms including the use of plastics, wood, and metal. Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL) offers laser cutting, CNC milling, and 3d printing facilities. The facilities at AA Hooke Park allow for the fabrication of one-to-one scale prototypes with a 3-axis CNC router and various woodworking power tools.

Process DLAB 2012 © Courtesy of Architectural Association

·  Computational skills: The toolset of DLAB includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Processing, Arduino, and Grasshopper.

·  Theoretical understanding: The dissemination of fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies to the participants through theoretical sessions and seminars forms one of the major goals of DLAB.

Process DLAB 2012 © Courtesy of Architectural Association

·  Professional awareness: DLAB performs as a simulation of the professional environment due the priority given to team-based design approach. 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.

Process DLAB 2012 © Courtesy of Architectural Association

·  Fabrication: According to the specific agenda of each year, a one-to-one scale prototype is fabricated and assembled by design teams.

Process DLAB 2012 © Courtesy of Architectural Association

·  Lecture series: Taking advantage of its unique location, London, DLAB creates a vibrant atmosphere with its intense lecture programme conveying the diverse expertise of professionals from some of the world’s leading practices in the areas of digital design and fabrication techniques.

DLAB 2013


The deadline for applications is 8 July 2013.

An application can be made by completing the online application form or completing the PDF application form and emailing it to

Online application form:

Download PDF application form.

All participants traveling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required for entry to the United Kingdom, 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.


The AA Visiting School requires a total fee of £1,660 per participant, which includes a £700 deposit and a £60 Visiting Membership. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced by £60.

Fees are non-refundable. Fees do not include flights.

Train tickets between London-Hooke Park, accommodation, food in Hooke Park, and materials are included in the fees.

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.

Programme Director
Elif Erdine
Visiting School Director
Christopher Pierce
Visiting School Coordinator
Priji Balakrishnan
T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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Cite: "Architectural Association DLAB: Blue" 23 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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