We design platforms for community-led, affordable housing.

Our Mission

AUAR (pronounced ‘our’) is a fast-growing multi-faceted design and technology studio based in the UK working holistically across technology, product design and research. At the core of our mission is the ethical decentralisation of automation within the built environment.

We develop novel approaches and technologies, from modular building systems to XR experiences to design production software.

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 is a theorist with a focus on computation and automation, and its relationship to contemporary building practices. She has written, edited or consulted on articles and books on these topics, including Robotic Building: Architecture in the Age of Automation (Detail Edition, 2019). She studied at Pratt Institute, the Architectural Association and is completing her PhD at The Bartlett, UCL. Mollie coordinates architectural theory in MArch Architectural Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where she is also Co-Director of AUAR Labs.

 

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. Nick 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  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 and technology in order 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 UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture.

 
Collaborators

AUAR works collaboratively with all our partners and clients, providing a unique space for innovation and deep thinking in our projects.

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