Larry Sass

Larry is an architectural designer and researcher exploring digital design and fabrication across scales. As an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT, Larry has taught courses specifically in digital fabrication and design computing since 2002. He earned his PhD ‘00 and SMArchS ’94 at MIT, and has a BArch from Pratt Institute in NYC. Larry has published widely, and has exhibited his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Larry’s research builds on his belief that hand crafted, hand operated construction will soon be a thing of the past, and that in the future, buildings will be printed with machines run by computers. He proposes that the practice of architecture must incorporate new and emerging means of machine operation within fields of design and construction, and that these changes require the development of a new knowledge base for design where designers will plan a larger role in the delivery process. The challenge for architecture schools and the profession will be the development of new research and teaching agendas related to creative digital design and fabrication across scales - from furniture to skyscrapers. Larry will share findings from current research projects, including large-scale prototyping of design artifacts from CAD data, and digitally fabricated houses.