The Bartlett School of Architecture


Design for Manufacture MArch

This programme teaches students how to place their design skills in the context of pioneering developments in construction, fabrication, assembly and automation.

Design for Manufacture MArch

About the programme

Design for Manufacture at The Bartlett School of Architecture prepares a new professional workforce of highly skilled, creative and adaptable experts, with tacit and explicit knowledge of design, engineering, material behaviour, analogue and digital craft, and advanced systems operations.

There is an abundance of advanced design and engineering tools in the UK that an elite workforce develop and deploy to export their expertise worldwide. Yet there is currently a shortage of skilled workers at the point of production tasked with delivering increasingly sophisticated and challenging projects by clients, in line with rising expectations of quality and regulation.

This programme will expose students to new forms of advanced design and engineering methodologies  – such as robotics and 3D scanning – that are currently reinventing core approaches to shaping, making and refitting the built and manufactured environment. 

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Programme highlights 

  • Develop, learn and innovate with advanced manufacturing processes, including robotics for fabrication and assembly, 3D printing, CNC milling, water jet, 3D scanning and laser cutting
  • Have access to large-volume space for 1:1 prototyping at Here East in close proximity to complimentary disciplines and expertise in civil engineering, computer science, architectural computation, environmental design and performance design 
  • Work collaboratively to design and prototype elements, such as furniture systems, structures and enclosures, set within the context of contemporary challenges such as sustainability, production, cost, and assembly
  • Work with B-made – The Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange – our state-of-the-art fabrication workshop staffed by experts in craft, making, manufacturing and robotics.
  • Have access to simulation and fabrication software within a new experimental factory-based environment
  • Contextualise design innovation and design practice within theoretical discourse on architectural and engineering design, digital design, automation and industrial processes
  • Participate in the triennial FABRICATE conference

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Modes and duration

Full time – 15 months, beginning in October
Part time – 30 months
Flexible – two to five years 

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class degree from a UK university in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard . Applicants are expected to have a strong portfolio of design and/or fabrication work. Applicants with extensive experience in the field may also be considered

Applications open for this programme on Monday 15 October 2018 and close on Friday 26 July 2019 for 2019 entry.
We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over subscribed and competition is high. 


The Bartlett School of Architecture is one of the world's top-ranked architecture schools and our graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities.

As well as providing students with the skills to develop a successful career in advanced design and manufacture, this programme also enable students to carry out future doctoral research in the field.

Design for Manufacture MArch staff

This programme draws upon the related and internationally recognised expertise within The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, as well as across UCL generally, including the Slade and UCL Engineering. 

Programme Director

Professor Bob Sheil is Professor of Design through Production and Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture, where he has been based for over 20 years. He is a founding partner of sixteen*(makers) and began his academic career at The Bartlett School of Architecture workshop from where he also led an undergraduate design unit with Nick Callicott from 1997-2003. Between 2003 and 2014 he led Architecture MArch Unit 23 initially with Zoe Smith and Graeme Williamson of Block Architects, then later with Kate Davies and Emmanuel Vercruysse of LiquidFactory.

 Among numerous articles and papers, Bob is the editor of Manufacturing the Bespoke (Wiley, 2012) and has edited three issues of AD: High Definition: Zero Tolerance in Design and Production (Wiley, 2014), Protoarchitecture: Analogue and Digital Hybrids (Wiley, 2008) and Design through Making (Wiley, 2005). His built work includes sixteen*(makers) award- winning 55/02 Shelter at Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland, UK (2008), designed and fabricated in collaboration with Stahlbau GmbH. He is co-founder and co-Chair of the FABRICATE conference and books, and was the instigator of Design for Manufacture MArch.

Deputy Programme Director

Peter Scully has 15 years of hands-on experience in industry at the intersection of design and manufacturing within the realms of public art, engineering and architecture. He joined UCL in 2012 as Technical Director of The Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange (B-made), connecting the facilities to UCL Robotics in 2016 as founding members.

Throughout his career Peter has taken a leading role in establishing multiple advanced manufacturing facilities in multiple sectors with special focus on the exploration and delivery of established and disruptive technologies in design and manufacturing. He has successfully delivered high threshold design and technology projects for the V&A, Museum of Art and Design New York, and the Royal Academy, London. He acts as lead advisor on the strategic delivery of projects on the Design for Manufacture programme, supporting staff and students in ther engagment with the school’s extensive resources.

Design Tutors DfM Studio 1

Matthijs la Roi is from the Netherlands and is an experimental architect based in London. He studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology, where he graduated Cum Laude. Matthijs currently works as an architect at Heatherwick Studio in London where he is involved with the design of the Google Mountain View campus in California. He previously worked at LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) in Stuttgart, Germany where he was project architect for the design of the Philips Lighting headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Matthijs has won various architectural competitions such as the Belgian Monument competition in 2016 with his proposal ‘Museum of Hospitality’. The museum, located in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, is scheduled to open in 2019.

Giulio Brugnaro is a trained architect, designer and researcher working in the field of robotic fabrication for architectural production and design practices. He is currently PhD Candidate and Marie Curie Research Fellow at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London as part of the InnoChain Research Network (EU Horizon 2020). His research focuses on developing adaptive robotic fabrication processes, integrating sensing and machine learning strategies to enable the exploration of novel design opportunities driven by tools and materials affordances. He has a BArch in Architectural Sciences from IUAV University of Venice, and a MSc in Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research from the University of Stuttgart. He has taught several workshops on computational design and robotic manufacturing and given lectures at renowned international institutions such as the Bartlett, MIT, University of Michigan and University of Toronto.

Design Tutors DfM Studio 2

Gary Edwards is an architectural designer and researcher.  After his graduation from The Bartlett, he joined the London office of Arup, focusing on building design in multidisciplinary teams.  Gary is a member of the Arup Digital Design Development Group involved in defining standards and workflows for OpenBIM. He has teaching experience at The Bartlett and the Architectural Association, specialising in machine vision, robotics and fabrication. He has a passion for free and open source software and is actively engaged in its development communities.

Christopher Leung trained as an architect at The Bartlett and has experience in private practice on a variety of building types. He returned to The Bartlett to complete industry-sponsored research into thermal actuators for passively dynamic façades, earning a doctorate for his work. He is a lecturer in architecture at The Bartlett with experience teaching in Architectural Design MArch's BiotA Lab and Interactive Architecture Lab as well as on the Architectural Computation MSc/MRes programme. His research focuses on variable performance façades and innovations possible using actuators and mechanisms through design and manufacture.

Structural Engineering Consultant

Tim Lucas is a London based structural engineer. He is a partner at Price & Myers, where he joined after graduating from Leeds University in 1996. His early projects included the Dublin Millennium Bridge, which won in an international competition. After a year at Arup, he returned to establish Price & Myers Geometrics in 2001. Tim has designed a wide variety of innovative structures for buildings and bridges along with a significant number of both large and small-scale artworks, including Slipstream by Richard Wilson RA in Heathrow airport.

Tim's work employs digital design and manufacturing technology to examine structural performance and design structures with the fabrication process in mind. He worked as client, engineer and main contractor for his Corten steel house in Kew, which was designed by Piercy & Co and won and an RIBA National Award along with an Institution of Structural Engineers Award.  In 2015, Tim was the recipient of the IABSE Milne Medal, which is awarded to an individual engineer for excellence in structural design, both in the overall concept and in the attention to detail in their work. He is lecturer in Structural Design at The Bartlett and advises Design for Manufacture MArch students on structural engineering aspects of their work. 

Contextual Theory Coordinator

Professor Stephen Gage studied at the Architectural Association where he was greatly influenced by the work of Cedric Price and Gordon Pask. He then worked with a UK Government research group. After working with Stephen Mullin who had started his own practice, he became a partner in a design and build company in California where he gained hands-on experience of working with timber. In 1973, he joined the Douglas Stephen Partnership where he led the design team for a number of buildings, mostly in the medical field. He taught at the Architectural Association from 1976 until 1993 in various capacities. He started teaching at The Bartlett in 1993 where he led Diploma Unit 14 (the Bartlett Interactive Architecture Workshop), became Director of Technology and reengaged with theoretical research.  He is currently external examiner at the Danish Schools of Architecture and at the Architectural Association in London. 

Contextual Theory Tutors

Clara Jaschke received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Innsbruck, with a focus on design computation and digital architecture and manufacturing. She also holds an MRes in Architecture and Digital Theory from The Bartlett School of Architecture. Her work and practice consistently aim at interweaving design and research as equal strands. Clara is the founder of ‘Alphabet Architecture’, which offers translations, proof-reading and copy-editing of architectural texts specifically. As a researcher, she currently explores blockchain technology with the aim of placing it within a framework to be utilised for the consideration of the technology as a new opportunity for digital architecture, and as a worthwhile addition to the discourse of the profession.

Her current design research is focused on the generative potentials of curves, and the position and relevance of these singularities in the theoretical and historical realm.  

Affiliated practices and institutes 

Our staff are very closely linked to several practices and institutions both outside of and across UCL, in particular: 

Arup Buro Happold
Foster + Partners
Laing O’Rourke
Price & Myers
ScanLAB Projects
UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE)
UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE)


Programme Directors: Bob Sheil and Peter Scully
Admissions enquiries: Thea Heintz

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