Associate professor, Department of Architecture
areas of expertise: computer technology in the design and construction of buildings, architectural design, design and computation technology, sustainable architecture, rapid prototyping
Lawrence (Larry) Sass is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT. His research is focused on digital methods of building production and ranges from scientific exploration in computation to building fabrication and design theory.
He is mostly known for his digitally fabricated structures and teaches courses specifically in digital fabrication and design computing. He has been on the faculty since 2002 after earning a PhD and SMArchS also at MIT. His particular contributions to the field are in the area of fabricating houses exclusively with CAD/CAM methods. He has developed theoretical methods to build houses of wood and concrete aided by computer controlled machinery. His work is a demonstration of a new model of building design and delivery with small manufacturing machines, small spaces and a smaller labor force than today’s best prefab methods.
He is currently working on a book on digital fabrication and its potential impact on the modern factory. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and exhibited his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2008.
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