The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster is launching an exciting new research project, based in its new Fabrication Lab. Led by the Director of the Fabrication Lab, the project Architectural Robotics Theatre investigates the potential of industrial robots for the implementation of new manufacturing processes in architecture as well as their potential for stretching the architectural imagination. The project will be pursued through a series of design-led workshops and public performances. The findings will be disseminated to the research and making communities, as well as being implemented in new programmes available to students in the Lab.
As a Research Associate on the project you will work as part of a research team, assisting with literature reviews and experiments amongst other duties. You will play a key role in the development of our extensive robot capabilities. These include three ABB robots, including a 150kg payload IRB-6620, and an IRB-160 mounted on a 5m rail. The latter is situated in a ‘shop window’ on one of the busiest roads in London, and it will be in this ‘Robotics Theatre’ that the architectural experiments / performances that form the focus of the project will take place. Working with the Lab team as well as a series of external collaborators, you will play a key role in designing, constructing and facilitating these performances. You will also be involved in the design of varied communication and instructional materials, and the delivery of innovative teaching workshops that will accompany each performance.
You will hold a degree in architecture or a related design discipline, and have experience of working with robots in the context of architecture and the built environment. You will need skills and experience of generating code and robotic toolpaths and have a keen interest in developing your knowledge through research. Proficiency in using Rhino3D and Adobe Creative Suite is essential, as is the ability to communicate written and oral information clearly. You will bring with you an awareness of ethical issues, and previous research and workshop-based teaching experience would be an advantage. Full details of the skills, experience and attributes needed to successfully fulfil this post can be found in the person specification.
Please note that should you be short-listed for interview, you will be required to submit work samples (details to be provided on invitation to interview). It is expected that the successful appointee will commence in post in Autumn 2016.