Co-director [2015–]

Emmanuel Vercruysse

Emmanuel is first and foremost a designer, with a deep interest in the relationship between drawing and making. He holds a BSc, Diploma and Masters degree from the Bartlett school of Architecture, having previously studied furniture design in Belgium, and approaches design as a tacit process; and as a series of translations between drawings and objects that oscillate between intuitive acts and precise operations. This approach to design combined with his in-depth knowledge of digital fabrication techniques means that he views the digital very much as an augmentation of the analogue, rather than a substitute and he continues to explore the production of architecture intuitively through iterations of drawing, craft, intuition and code.

Emmanuel holds a set of leading roles at the Architectural Association. He is Co-Director of the Postgraduate Design + Make course based at the AA’s satellite campus out in Hooke Park, positioning the campus at the forefront of Architectural Research through prototyping and large scale fabrication. The roles of Director of the Robotic Fabrication Visiting School and Curator of Robotic Development allows for developing research areas within the cutting edge fields of Robotic Fabrication at Hooke Park. As a member of the Teaching Committee Emmanuel aims to safeguard, foster and advance innovative and experimental teaching methodologies and attitudes.

Teaching is a critical part of Emmanuel’s practice, placing an emphasis on the interrogation of the processes involved in design thinking, investigating the particular interrelationships between the made and the drawn. Emmanuel is responsible for the conception, development and implementation of advanced and bespoke system operations. These innovative fabrication strategies establish the core research activities of the D+M course and hybridise diverse sets of technologies and processes and often requiring the invention of unique tools. Placing an emphasis on a creative and hands on approach he repositions making as central to the act of design and revert the workshop to a space of research and alchemic conditions of a laboratory.

Emmanuel is involved in numerous collaborative practices and research groups, including art and architecture practice LiquidFactory; Field Robotics group RAVEN; the RIBA award winning experimental architectural practice Sixteen*(makers); and robotic fabrication lab ProtoArchitecture. He continuous to teach and conduct research in analogue and digital craft at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL. Emmanuel was director of the CADCAM and robotic fabrication lab developing it into the most advanced digital fabrication workshop in UK architectural education [BMade].

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