In the sub-basement of the Yale School of Architecture’s Rudolph Hall, a revolution is quietly taking place. Seven state-of-the-art robots, made of industrial-grade aluminum, sit motionless until activated during the highly popular class “Introduction to Architectural Robotics.” Under the guidance of robotics expert and lecturer Hakim Hasan, graduate students learn the art of programming and integrating robots into architectural design.
This groundbreaking curriculum, created by Hasan, aims to equip students with the skills necessary to navigate the increasing integration of robotics on construction sites. The students work in a cutting-edge robotics lab, a transformation brought about by Vincent Guerrero, director of advanced technology, and his team of professionals. They collaborated closely with the Fabrication Shop, led by manager Nathan Burnell and assistant Alyse Guild.
The lab itself was a result of Guerrero’s vision to create a dynamic space where multiple students could interact with robots. The outdated Kuka robot that had previously occupied the area was replaced with seven ABB IRB120 models, carefully selected for their size, capabilities, and industrial acceptance. Custom tables and a rail system were designed to maximize flexibility in the classroom, and advanced technology was seamlessly integrated to create a truly hybrid digital room.
Central to the success of the curriculum is the understanding that the future of building construction lies in robotics. Hasan continually fine-tunes his teachings to align with industry advancements, while ensuring that students master the art of 3-D printing tools that enhance the robots’ capabilities. The partnership between Hasan and Guerrero, fueled by a shared vision, has contributed to the course becoming one of the most sought-after electives at the School of Architecture.
Recognizing the need to stay at the forefront of innovation, Guerrero and his team have also established the Additive Lab. This space complements the robotics lab and offers cutting-edge technologies such as precision reinforced 3D printing, small-format precision 3D printing, and robotics-based six-axis 3D printing. By providing students with exposure to these emerging technologies, Yale’s School of Architecture ensures that its graduates are equipped to become leaders in the field.
Q: What is the purpose of “Introduction to Architectural Robotics” course?
A: The purpose of the course is to equip graduate students with the skills to integrate robots into architectural design and construction.
Q: How many robots are present in the robotics lab?
A: The robotics lab houses seven ABB IRB120 models.
Q: Who created the curriculum for the course?
A: Robotics expert and lecturer Hakim Hasan created the curriculum and teaches the course.
Q: What is the Additive Lab?
A: The Additive Lab is a complementary space to the robotics lab that offers cutting-edge technologies such as precision reinforced 3D printing and robotics-based six-axis 3D printing.