DLAB, Short Course | Architectural Association | London, United Kingdom
18 days
1760 GBP/full
1760 GBP/full
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In its 18th year, DLAB is a two-week programme taking place at the Architectural Association London HQ’s unique atmosphere.


DLAB experiments with the integration of advanced computational design, analysis, and large-scale prototyping techniques. 

The programme offered by Architectural Association continues to build on its expertise on complex architectural design and fabrication processes, relying heavily on materiality and performance. DLAB brings together a range of experts – tutors and lecturers – from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices, Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects, amongst others.

The research generated at DLAB has been published in international media – ArchDaily, Archinect, Bustler – and peer-reviewed conference papers, including SimAUD (Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design), eCAADe (Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe).

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 and prototype making. 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 the use of robotic fabrication techniques, with the aim of integrating of form-finding, material computation, and structural performance.


All applicants are responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance, and should ensure that their policy provides coverage for personal belongings such as: laptop, equipment, tools, passport, etc. The AA takes no responsibility for lost or stolen property.

Programme Structure

The programme is structured in two stages:
  • Part 1 – participants are introduced to core concepts of material processes, computational methods and digital fabrication techniques. Basic and advanced tutorials on computational design and analysis tools are provided. The programme performs as a team-based workshop promoting collaboration, research and ‘learning-by-experimentation’.
  • Part 2 – participants propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during phase 1 and supported by scaled study models and prototypes. The fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention with the use of robotic fabrication techniques will then unify the design goals of the programme.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 days

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You can make an application by completing the online application on this webpage. If you are not able to make an online application, please contact the Visiting School Office for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
  • 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 workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino 6. No prior knowledge of software tools is required for eligibility.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1760 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1760 GBP for the full programme during 18 days.
  • National

    1760 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1760 GBP for the full programme during 18 days.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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