Lawrence Sass

Professor, Chair of Computation Group

Larry is a designer and researcher in the Department of Architecture at MIT. He is a pioneer within the field of design and digital fabrication for low-cost housing. He discovered a low cost method of single family home construction using computation and digital fabrication (DFG). The impact of his research has been knowledge construction related to the idea that digital fabrication can automate construction. His methods reduce the number of steps in production of a home. He was the first to publish the idea of digitally fabricated wooden housing in 2006 and exhibited his idea at the Museum of Modern Art in 2008. The MoMA exhibition showcased many principle ways to construct a building digitally (Link). In particular the idea of Snap Assembly building construction. A number of startups focused on digitally fabricated housing have started since his projet at MoMA. 

Larry developed the concept for scalable software operations for very large scale fabrication in 2010. After he developed large-scale planar modeling software with his Singapore based research partner Professor Lujie Chen. The idea was discovery a system that decomposes a 3D form into Snap Assembly elements. Together Larry & Lujie Co-founded LuBan3D a software system that applies the basic principles of object scaling for manufacturing by geometric decomposition. Thousands of people use LuBan 3D to build large scale 3D models with traditional 3D printers and laser cutters. 

He earned his B.Arch at Pratt Institute ('90) in New York, a master’s ('94) and PhD ('00) at MIT and is a current MacVicar Faculty Fellow. His current focus is on expansion of digital fabrication by discovery of newAI and robotic systems that aid the enterprise of home production with computers.