We design platforms for community-led, affordable housing

Our Mission

Automated Architecture Ltd (AUAR) – pronounced ‘our’ – is a spinout company of AUAR Labs, a research laboratory based at UCL. We work at the intersection of design, technology and community, developing a fully-integrated housing platform based on a modular timber building product and an automated design and fabrication toolkit comprised of accessible in-house digital design tools, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and robotics. The platform facilitates the delivery of high-quality, affordable housing with local communities and people at the core of the process. Our vision includes the ethical decentralisation of automation, including robotics, into localised, community-led settings.

We are recognised leaders in our areas of work including automation, generative design, AI, design, community. Some of AUAR’s work is in high profile museum collections such as the Centre Pompidou, we have written books and been featured in the press (Wired, BBC, SkyNews, The Guardian, Mashable). In 2019 we wrote a book on the topic of automation in architecture called Robotic Building: Architecture in the Age of Automation. In 2020 we designed and built Block West in partnership with local residents in Knowle West, Bristol and citizen-led digital arts organisation Knowle West Media Centre. Block West has been shortlisted for an AJ Small Projects Award in 2021. 

Our Values

We engage automation to create a more inspiring built environment for all. We advocate for horizontal, participatory and equal social practices in architecture and technology where individual autonomy and freedom, supported in a structure of care, lead to more creative, inspired and empowered people and more just built environments. This embodies a fundamental shift in architecture and technology that is unique to our work, collaborations and projects.

Home Office 2020

Meet our Team

Mollie Claypool

Director

Mollie’s background is as a theorist and educator, working on issues of social justice including the future of housing, labour and work. She is concerned with the implications of automation on architectural production and disciplinary social practices. Mollie is co-author of Robotic Building: Architecture in the Age of Automation (Detail Edition 2019) and author of the SPACE10 report “The Digital in Architecture: Then, Now and in the Future” (2019). She is Co-Director of AUAR Labs at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where she is a Lecturer, teaching design and recently coordinating theory in MArch Architectural Design.

  

Manuel Jimenez Garcia

Director

Manuel is an architect specialising in design, computation and fabrication including additive manufacturing. His work is regularly exhibited in galleries, and he lectures and delivers workshops around digital design and manufacturing in architecture schools internationally. In addition to his work in AUAR, Manuel is co-founder of the robotic manufacturing design brand Nagami, and is the Director of MSc Architectural Computation and Co-Director of AUAR Labs at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

 

Gilles Retsin

Director

Gilles is an architect, educator and thinker working at the intersection of computation, fabrication and architecture. He studied architecture in Belgium, Chile and the UK, where he graduated from the Architectural Association. He has designed multiple provocative schemes for residential and cultural projects and built experimental installations at some of the world’s most renowned museums and institutions. Gilles is the Director of MArch Architectural Design and Co-Director of AUAR Labs at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

 

CLAIRE MCANDREW

Director

Claire is a social scientist working within architectures and practices of care. She focuses on new frameworks for participation — drawing upon contemporary theory, research and debate around architecture, technology, community and public engagement in the production of the built environment. Her writing and practice consider the use of co-design methodologies to shift social practices, inform public policy and enact more care-full capacities. Claire is Director of Public Engagement and Co-Director of AUAR Labs at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

 

Clara Jaschke

Researcher

Clara is an architectural designer and researcher specializing in digital tools and technology. She holds a Master in Architecture from the University of Innsbruck as well as a MRes in Architecture & Digital Theory from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where she is now a Teaching Fellow in addition to being a Researcher at AUAR.

Kevin Saey

Designer

Kevin Saey is an architect and researcher in automation, digital fabrication and computational design with a background in game design. Kevin studied Digital Arts and Entertainment at Universty College West Flanders, MSci in Architecture at KU Leuven and MArch Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Nikolaos Tsikinis

XR Developer

Nikolaos is a developer interested in all things XR with a background in computer science. He studied Informatics and Telecommunications at University of Athens, a MSc in Computer Science at Athens University of Economics and Business and a MRes in Virtual Reality at University College London.

 

David Doria

Computational Designer

David is an architect and urbanist interested in the technical and political implications of automation, artificial intelligence, computational design and fabrication. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Sergipe and an MArch Architectural Design from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

 

Danae Parissi

Computational Designer

Danaë is an architect interested in bringing together the traditional discipline of architecture with cutting edge computational theory, to explore new interdisciplinary paths of design. She has completed her integrated MArch at the NTUA School of Architecture and an MSc in Architectural Computation at the The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

 

IVO TEDBURY

Systems Designer

Ivo is an architectural designer and robotics developer interested in integrated building design, engineering and robot fabrication. He has broad experience designing and building custom hardware and software, and holds BSc and MArch in Architecture, and MRes Architectural Computation from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

 

Robert Pavlovskis

Creative Technologist

Robert is a developer and technologist interested in digital spaces, interaction design, games and new media art. With a particular focus on real-time rendering and 3D graphics. He holds a BSc in Creative Computing from Goldsmiths University of London, and has a background in Art & Design.

 
Collaborators

AUAR works collaboratively with all our partners and clients, providing a unique space for innovation and deep thinking in our projects. Some of our recent collaborators, clients and partners include:

Contact Us

Automated Architecture (AUAR) Ltd

31  Tudor Road
Easton, Bristol
BS5 6BN
UK 

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AUAR Ltd is a spinout of Automated Architecture Labs @  The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL