The Architectural Association at Hooke Park is procuring a Kuka KR-150 robot arm to develop timber fabrication processes and other applications, integrated with the Design & Make programme and the forestry activities of the Hooke Park estate. The robot fabrication cell will be installed in October 2014.
To support this, an Architectural Robotics Developer is being sought. This is a paid position supported by the UK government’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme in collaboration with the Bristol Robotics Laboratory:
The AA and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (University of West of England) seek a graduate in robotics, mechatronics or architecture, to develop the use of robotic fabrication in timber at the AA’s woodland campus at Hooke Park, Dorset. The role is core to a two-year collaborative programme between UWE and the AA that is being financially supported by the UK government’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme.
Employed by University of the West of England and based at Hooke Park, you will work closely with staff from UWE’s Engineering, Design and Mathematics department using the Bristol Robotics Laboratory’s facilities, and with AA staff at Hooke Park to develop innovative robotic arm fabrication processes. This will include developing a ‘smart’ programming environment to accommodate the cutting of natural material, and embedding scanning and robotic capability in automated production of complex geometric structural timber elements for architectural applications.
The ideal candidate will have a good degree or postgraduate qualification in Robotics, Mechatronics, Architectural field or related disciple. An interest in architectural design, natural materials and geometry would be beneficial. Some practical experience, preferably within a company, will be an advantage, as will good knowledge of robotics, programming and timber fabrication. You will also need to demonstrate excellent communication skills and ability to work on your own initiative.
The Architectural Association is charitable professional association and School of Architecture based in London with a rural forest campus in Hooke Park which hosts educational programmes focussed on architectural design, construction and timber research.
The Bristol Robotics Laboratory is a 3000sqm state-of-the-art UK centre of excellence for multi-disciplinary robotics research and home to a vibrant community of over 100 academics and industry practitioners. It is a unique collaboration that harnesses the collective strengths of its university partners, and brings together the best expertise from industry and the academic community to spearhead Britain’s efforts to be a world leader in modern advanced robotics.
KTP is one of Europe’s leading graduate recruitment programmes, offering the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience on specific projects of strategic importance whilst benefitting from generous training and development opportunities.
Details and application form on the UWE website: http://goo.gl/zQDo8s
For other further details or to discuss the position please contact Martin Self at Hooke Park:firstname.lastname@example.org