This programme teaches students how to place their design skills in the context of fast-evolving developments in construction, fabrication, assembly and automation.
The manufacturing industry is changing fast. With advanced design and engineering tools demanding highly skilled graduates, and rising expectations of quality and regulation, a specialised and creative workforce is needed with cutting-edge expertise and hands-on experience.
Taught over 15 months, Design for Manufacture students develop tacit and explicit knowledge of design, engineering, material behaviour, analogue and digital craft and advanced systems operations. Working in state-of-the-art facilities at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, students develop their own practice with multi-disciplinary academics, designers and practitioners.
Collaborative research, learning and working is central to the programme. Within this context, students work in design clusters of 15 to 20, led by two tutors who will define a distinct but constantly evolving territory of research.
- 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.
- Introductory Design Workshops (15 credits)
- Contextual Theory: Design for Manufacture (15 credits)
- Design Thesis Portfolio: Initial Project (30 credits)
- Design Thesis: Written Report (30 credits)
- Skills Portfolio (30 credits)
- Design Thesis Portfolio: Final Project (60 credits)
Full-time: 15 months, beginning in October
Part-time: 30 months
Flexible: two to five years
A minimum of a second-class UK degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with extensive experience in the field may also be considered.
A design/creative portfolio is also expected. Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of their design work once their completed application has been received, and should not send or upload work until it has been requested.
Applications open for this programme are now open and close on 26 July 2019 for 2019 entry.
We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over subscribed and competition is high.
Fees and funding
- Tuition fee information can be found on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.
- For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding section of the UCL website.
This programme draws upon the related and internationally recognised expertise within The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and The School of Architecture, as well as across UCL, including the Civil Engineering and Computer Science departments of UCL Engineering. The programme is also supported by B-made, The Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange.
- Christopher Leung, Programme Director
Christopher Leung trained as an architect at The Bartlett and spent a decade in private practice gaining industry experience. His early research investigated the application of thermal actuators to passive dynamic façades and earned him a doctorate in 2014.
Christopher is a lecturer with experience teaching in Architectural Design's BiotA Lab and Interactive Architecture Lab, as well as on the Architectural Computation programmes. He has completed post-doctoral research into the bio-receptivity of materials and his current research focuses on variable performance façades and novel actuated mechanisms through design and manufacture in collaboration with industry partners.
- Peter Scully, Technical Director
With 20 years of industry experience in manufacturing, Peter Scully's work focusses on identifying design opportunities at the interface between the disruptive and established production processes.
Peter was appointed technical director of The Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange (B-made) in 2013, which has since grown susbstantially and now includes technology for robotics, metrology, CNC, 3DP and 1:1 scale manufacturing.
Peter has been director of companies that play a key role in the realisation of bespoke architectural, engineering and artistic projects. He has worked with multiple architects, engineers and artists, deploying multi project stakeholder understanding to bias workflows towards buildable outcomes.
- Bob Sheil, Admissions and Leadership
Design for Manufacture was conceived and developed by Bob Sheil, Professor of Architecture and Design through Production, in collaboration with all colleagues in the team. Bob has over 20 years of teaching and research experience, he has published extensively, lectured worldwide, and is the founder of the internationally acclaimed conference FABRICATE. He has been Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture since 2014 and was on the project board for the commissioning of Here East, the pioneering facility where Design for Manufacture is based.
Bob maintains close contact with the programme, working alongside staff and students in shaping and developing research content, which includes PhD supervision in the same field. He is also the admissions tutor for the programme.
- Giulio Brugnaro, Design Tutor
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 a PhD candidate and Marie Curie Research Fellow at The Bartlett as part of the InnoChain Research Network (EU Horizon 2020).
Giulio’s 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 taught several workshops on computational design and robotic manufacturing and given lectures at global institutions including MIT, University of Michigan and University of Toronto.
- Vincent Huyghe, Design Tutor
Vincent Huyghe is a Belgian architect specialising in computational design and robotic fabrication. He has worked as a teaching fellow in numerical manufacturing at The Bartlett since 2015, where he provides project consultations and technical support for students. He is also a tutor on the school's Architectural Design programme.
Vincent's areas of research interest include robotics, automation, digital fabrication and design to production workflows, scripting and software development, microcontrollers and electronics.
- Danae Polyviou, Design Tutor
Danae Polyviou is a structural engineer with over seven years of experience. She previously worked for Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering in Stuttgart and HENN Architects in Berlin as a researcher. She then moved to London to work for Atelier One and most recently for AKT II.
Danae is currently teaching at the Architectural Association and at The Bartlett alongside her work as a structural engineer. Her research interests include lightweight structures and geometry optimisation and she has extensive experience in working with complex geometries and computational tools for efficient structures and material systems
- James Solly, Design Tutor
James Solly is a British engineer, a director at Format Engineers and a design tutor at The Bartlett. For the last three years he has been a member of the Innochain Network (ESR08 – Virtual Prototyping FRP) and a research associate at the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart.
James's ongoing PhD research at the ITKE, which began within Innochain, focusses on the development of virtual prototyping strategies for the fabrication by lattice structures formed from fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP). Prior to his Innochain research role, James worked at Ramboll UK and BuroHappold Engineering.
- Tom Svilans, Design Tutor
Tom Svilans is an architectural designer and researcher based in Copenhagen, Denmark. His research focuses on the role of emerging technologies in revealing new modes of material practice and the performative nature of manufacturing.
Tom is currently completing a PhD exploring large-scale free-form timber construction at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture, Copenhagen, as part of the InnoChain Research Network (EU Horizon 2020). The project is in close collaboration with the digital research unit Dsearch at White Arkitekter (SE) and the free-forms department of timber contractor Blumer Lehmann (CH).
Tom combines an expertise in digital fabrication methods with international experience in design, fabrication, and media work. He also co-directs MAJORVISUAL, an image-making practice that has international experience in providing high-quality visualisation for the architectural and creative industries.
- Tim Lucas, Structural Engineering Consultant
Tim Lucas is a London-based structural engineer and a partner at Price & Myers. He has designed a wide variety of innovative structures for buildings and bridges, including the Dublin Millennium Bridge and Slipstream by Richard Wilson at Heathrow Airport.
Tim's work employs digital design and manufacturing technology to examine structural performance and design structures. His work on the Corten steel house in Kew received a 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. He is lecturer in Structural Design at The Bartlett and advises Design for Manufacture students on structural engineering aspects of their work.
- Stephen Gage, Contextual Theory Coordinator
Stephen Gage, Professor of Innovative Technology, started teaching at The Bartlett in 1993 and established the school's Interactive Architecture Workshop (BIAW) in 1995, which focused on interactive technologies as subjects of investigation in their own right as well as their use for creating innovative architecture. He later became Director of Technology at The Bartlett.
Stephen is an internationally-recognised leader in education and is currently external examiner at the Danish Schools of Architecture and at the Architectural Association in London.
- Clara Jaschke, Contextual Theory Tutor
Clara Jaschke is the founder of Alphabet Architecture, a translation-based practice which offers editorial services for architectural texts. Her work and practice interweave design and research as equal strands.
As a researcher, Clara currently explores blockchain technology with the aim of placing it within a framework to be utilised for digital architecture, and as a worthwhile addition to the discourse of the profession. Her current design research focusses on the generative potentials of curves, and the position and relevance of these singularities in the theoretical and historical realm.
- Emma-Kate Matthews, Skills Portfolio Coordinator
Emma-Kate Matthews is an architect, artist, musician, composer and teaching fellow at The Bartlett. She founded EKM Works in 2012, which is a transdisciplinary creative practice with a focus on experimentation and exploring the boundaries of innovative technologies.
Emma-Kate also teaches Architecture MArch students at The Bartlett School of Architecture where she is completing a design and performance-led PhD. Her research is concerned with discovering and exploiting creative reciprocities between music as constructed sound and architecture as constructed space. She aims to establish a mode for transdisciplinary practice between the interconnected fields of architecture, acoustical engineering, music composition and performance.
- 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
Price & Myers
UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE)
UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE)
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.
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