Director of Digital Design and Fabrication Research
Lawrence (Larry) Sass’ is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT whose research is focused on digital methods of building production. His research in architecture spans 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. Sass’ 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 aid by computer controlled machinery. His work is 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 has exhibited his work at the Modern Museum of Art in New York City in 2008.