6 X  Parametric Design Workshops  +  Studio Reviews​  + 10+ Online Sessions 1 End of the Year - Showcase/ Exhibition



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Smart Labs 4.0 Team Details will be updated in due course of time...


M.Arch. Em.Tech. – AA London, B.Arch. SSAA New Delhi, MCoA India

Sushant Verma(M.Arch. Em.Tech. – AA London, B.Arch. SSAA New Delhi, MCoA India) is an architect & computational designer, currently leading research organization rat[LAB] - Research in Architecture & Technology. Former architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, London & a Sr. Editor at Arch2O, he has held teaching positions at a number of universities internationally & is involved in education for computation & parametric design. He is the founder of rat[LAB] EDUCATION, which is an independent initiative to spread the idea of computation in design profession & education in India. Recipient of MAK Schindler Award from Vienna / Los Angeles and a finalist for AIA Emerging Leaders Fellowship from Chicago, his work is widely published and exhibited in London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, Taipei, New Delhi,Mumbai among other places.He has been shortlisted in New Delhi among 5 architects for ’20 under 35’ Exhibition at Alliance Francaise de Delhi, featured as iGen 2017 Top 50 Gen-Next Designers in India, tagged as ‘Rising Star’ by Surfaces Reporter India, among other features. Sushant joined the elite list of TEDx Speakers by speaking at TEDxGurugram on ‘Smart Cities need Smarter Design Education’.

Reeveezee M Antony is currently the Academic Innovator of RVS Padmavathy School Of Architecture (RVSPSOA), Chennai and Coimbatore and CEO of RVS School of Change. His experience as an academician in the field of architecture especially with RVS Padmavathy School of Architecture includes innovating the architecture curriculum to inculcate creativity and innovation in learning, conducting experiential workshops with faculty and students to improve exposure and outreach. At RVSPSOA, he manages the entire 5-year architecture course striving for holistic learning and development for faculty and students with a commitment to transform architecture education by taking it beyond the classroom and making it service-learning oriented and action-based towards creating a sustainable impact on society and the environment.


As the Third Batch of Smart Labs [3.0] progresses towards a successful completion & the Batch of 2020 graduates later this year , admissions to Smart Labs 4.0 are now OPEN to students & young professionals of architecture / design from India & globally. The admission process is through a selection criteria based on a 'Statement of Purpose / Interest' and a 10-page (maximum) Portfolio submission. 
PLEASE NOTE: The Portfolio may NOT necessarily have works related to Computational/Parametric Design but an interest in the same is an added advantage to your application. The following are the criteria for selection of FOURTH BATCH - Smart Labs 4.0, starting Nov 2020 and will run for 6-8 months, with students graduating in 2021:

1- Interest / Enthusiasm to learn Computational Design (to be expressed appropriately in your SOP)
2- Current Software Skill-set (We recommend a minimum skill-set of Rhino 3D modelling)
3- Previous Academic Work Standard (Should reflect in your studio)
4- Availability to attend sessions in Chennai & New Delhi [+Online]

Key points about Smart Labs 4.0:

- The programme will run on a semester-basis for 6-8 months, starting Nov 2020, through till the summer of 2021, when the batch of ~30 students graduate in a formal ceremony with Smart Labs Exhibition opening.
- There will be 6 studio sessions (workshops & reviews, combined), 10+ online sessions (GoToMeeting/ZoomVideo) culminating in an Exhibition Showcase in Chennai in 2021.
- 4 sessions will take place in Chennai and 2 sessions in New Delhi. Each session will be for 2-3 day.
- Session frequency will be almost 1 per month and will mostly be scheduled around weekends.
- Students can be a part of any other programme alongside, or even be working alongside the programme.
- Graduation Certifications will be given at the end of Programme to each student by RVS School of Architecture, in collaboration with rat[LAB]EDUCATION.
- The 6-month programme on Computational Design requires students to be attending 6 studio sessions and 10+ online sessions and fully commit themselves to a studio learning throughout the programme.
- Live recording of Online Sessions will be provided for future access and Studio Session content will be available to the batch through Online Database Platform.
- Previous batch data for knowledge-building (Smart Labs 1.0 + 2.0 + 3.0) will also be provided from time to time for an evolved learning experience, so the current batch can evolve and build the knowledge & research carried out by previous batches.
- A dedicated team of experts will be a part of Smart Labs 4.0 Team that include Studio Director, Co-ordinators, Tutors, Online Mentors, Exhibition Curators, etc. for a holistic learning experience.
- There are limited number of spots for students, recent graduates, professionals and global students (other nationalities).
- Each seat-type will be filled up during a limited number of admission process rounds and early-admission completion would lead to course content distribution to prepare for the programme, well in advance. 
- Reading material, practice videos, tutorials as well as 1-to-1 sessions with tutors would be planned BEFORE the start of 1st Studio Session (SS01).


- There are 2 components to the fee structure and the fee is to be paid in two parts. (Part A1 + A2 +B1 +B2)
- Part A1: rat[LAB]EDU Fee for first set of workshops/ sessions :: INR 29,252/- 
- Part A2: RVS Padmavathy School of Architecture Fee for first 3 sessions :: INR 5,610/-
- Part B1: rat[LAB]EDU Fee for second set of workshops/ sessions :: INR 29,252/- 
- Part B2: RVS Padmavathy School of Architecture Fee for next 3 sessions :: INR 5,610/-

Fee A1+A2 to be paid once shortlisted for the programme. 
Fee B1 +B2 to be paid in Jan 2021.

Total course fee = INR 69,724/-

**Travel and Accommodation is to be borne by individuals. We will assist in finding affordable accommodation in Chennai & Delhi whenever required.
*** A1 & B1 fee may have an EMI option if fee is paid through Credit Card through channel partners, subject to availability. 


- International Students can enroll for the programme and avail access to all Online Sessions and preferably the Final Studio Session that culminates in a Public Exhibition.

- All 10+ Online Sessions will follow the studio workflow, and students will have access to assignments, studio data, course content and recorded sessions.

- International students may also attend any (or all) of the 6 Studio Sessions in Chennai / Delhi if they can bear the travel costs.

- Letters for visa will be provided by the school.

FEE A1+A2 =  USD 495

FEE B1 +B2 = USD 495

Total course fee = USD 990



[ OPEN TO STUDENTS (Currently pursuing B.Arch. or equivalent programmes) AND RECENT GRADUATES (Graduated in 2019 or 2020)]

Starting 8th May 2020 upto 31st May 2020

* Early admissions will receive course content access for preparation before the programme, including access to rat[LAB]EDU workshops, webinars, reading material, tutorial guidance & mentoring to get the best out of the programme.


[ OPEN TO STUDENTS, RECENT GRADUATES (Graduated in 2019 or 2020) & YOUNG PROFESSIONALS (Graduated in 2017 or 2018)]
Starting 1st June 2020 upto 15th July 2020


Starting 15th June 2020 onward (If seats are left)

* Early admissions will receive course content access for preparation before the programme, including access to rat[LAB]EDU workshops, webinars, reading material, tutorial guidance & mentoring to get the best out of the programme.

FOR MORE DETAILS, check www.rat-lab.org/smartlabs
FOR ANY QUERIES, kindly e-mail education@rat-lab.org with 'SMART LABS 4.0 ADMISSION' as Subject Line.


Smart Labs [+] TALKS in an initiative of rat[LAB] Education & RVS School of Change to create a platform for dialogue and discussions in the field of Emerging Design Technologies across various cities in India. One can design to their full capabilities when they are entirely aware of the tools available and the opportunities they present.  With the progress in the field of both technology and design, it has become inevitable that architects and designers come across the need to use Digital Design Technologies to enhance and execute their design.  Digital Design Technologies are yet to be explored to their full potential in the Indian context. The aim of the initiative is to create more awareness among students and professionals about the technologies available and its advancements in the coming years. This initiative will also seek to bridge the gap between academia and practice by giving students and young designers an opportunity to directly interact and learn from the experts of the field.  Processionals from the industry shall be invited to present their views and works related to digital technologies. The lecture series will be focusing on virtual reality, augmented reality, integration of parametric processes in BIM (Building Information Modelling), material and construction technology, 3D printing and digital fabrication technologies and their implementation in design.  These technologies have given the designer more freedom and ease in terms of analysis, design execution, presentation, data handling and project management. Digital Technologies are used to aid conventional design processes and not replace them. It is important to understand the technology and the aim for which it was introduced prior to its execution. The scope and possibilities of these technologies shall be evaluated and discussed in detail with respect to its applications for better understanding.  A creative dialogue among designers would also generate a culture of discussion, learning, debate and critique that would eventually help the use Digital Design Technologies in India to progress. The talks will be curated by Smart Labs and conducted on the preceding or succeeding day of the studio sessions of Smart Labs 3.0.  Participation is open to all students and professionals with a nominal fee. SL3.0 students will have a high-value waiver for SL[+]Talks but attendance will not be obligatory.


Smart Labs 4.0 is designed as a collaborative collective between rat[LAB]EDU and RVS School of Architecture, Chennai

It is an Integrated Programme to introduce basic, intermediate and advanced computational design techniques,
methods, workflows on a 6 month basis.
This programme is designed at par with any global school within the domain of computation and is envisioned to fill
the missing gap in the educational curriculum by bridging academia and practice.

This Integrated programme shall focus on inculcating the following assets as a part of syllabus:
 Computational Thinking
 Parametric Design Methods
 Digital Fabrication Techniques and Optimization Strategies
 Environmental Strategies using Computational Design
 Introduction to Structural Optimization & Simulation
 Building Skins and Facades

Live projects by rat[LAB] Studio will be incorporated in the syllabus to create involvement opportunities for students.




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*The schedule is flexible and subject to finalize after starting of FOURTH BATCH.

Schedule for Smart Labs 3.0// FULL SEMESTER
(for reference only - 4.0 SCHEDULE WILL BE UPDATED SOON)
SS- Studio Session
OS- Online Session


SS01 - Chennai

8th, 9th, 10th November 2019 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

OS02 - Nov 2019

OS03 - Nov 2019 

SS02 - New Delhi

30th Nov & 1st December 2019 (Saturday, Sunday) 


7th & 8th December 2019 (Saturday, Sunday)  
OS04 - Dec 2019

OS05 - Dec 2019    

SS03 - Chennai

28th & 29th December 2019 (Saturday, Sunday)


4th & 5th January 2020 (Saturday, Sunday)  

OS06 - Jan 2020  

OS07 - Jan 2020      

SS04 - New Delhi

1st & 2nd February 2020 (Saturday, Sunday)

OS08 - Feb 2020  

OS09 - Feb 2020  

SS05 - Chennai

29th Feb & 1st March 2020 (Saturday, Sunday)


7th & 8th March 2020 (Saturday, Sunday)  

OS10 - March 2020 

OS11 - March 2020  

OS12 - April 2020  

SS06 - Chennai
9th ,10th & 11th April 2020 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
11th, 12th, 13th April 2020 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) 
*All studio and online sessions are bound to be re-adjusted as per batch decisions in co-ordination with the Studio Director & Academic Co-ordinator.
** Online Sessions date & timings will be decided in every preceding Studio Session and as per availability of Online Mentors or Tutors.
*** The schedule has the scope to be spread across another month to extend till May 2020, if required.

MODULE A: Digital Fabrication

The module will give an overview of digital fabrication technologies that are relevant to architecture and design. 3D Printing, CNC routing, Laser Cutting, among other emerging technologies will be showcased and demonstrated with specific group tasks and exercises that would involve the usage of such technologies. Students will chose to demonstrate and test out available tools to develop their projects as prototypes and installations for Exhibition. In collaboration with Tvasta, Concrete 3D Printing would also be introduced with some hands-on sessions in Chennai, leading to 3D Printed concrete spatial intervention for the Exhibition.


The studio will revolve around the central idea of Computational Design and extend its arms into specific modules focussing on distinct aspects of Design Technology and its application in architecture, design and art. Students will develop their skillset by learning software like Rhinoceros3D and Grasshopper3D at basic, intermediate and advanced levels in the initial studio sessions, supported by parallel online sessions by tutors & global mentors. Towards the later half of semester (SS04 onward), modules will be introduced where each student will chose their preferential module to focus on, which will lead to an output for the exhibition after SS06.

MODULE B: Interactive Design

Today, interaction with digital and virtual environment through smart devices has become part of our daily lives. Through our engagement with digital media, mostly driven by social media, gaming, interactive art and performances, passive recipients turn into active participants, becoming creative stakeholders. Interactive environments go beyond the static physical boundaries by introducing a layer of data and information that makes our surroundings smarter and responsive. Physical Computing studio will give students an essential introduction to the world of open source programming languages and physical computing. Students will simultaneously learn about basic coding / scripting tools and how to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators. This will equip students with the necessary hardware / software knowledge to integrate interfaces, visualizing methods, data sensing, and actuations to conduct more advanced research and architectural proposals with embedded technology. We will focus into two main topics, Sensors and Actuators (using Arduino) and basics of Processing to generate interactive media and visualized data in public spaces. The module will conclude with an interactive project that enhance a space with smart features, as students will be pushed to create a synchronous and meaningful interaction between the digital and physical realms.

Software: Processing, Arduino IDE

Hardware: Students will be required to bring their Arduino kit for hands-on prototyping.

MODULE C: Performative Design (Building Performance)

This module will delve into the scientific aspects of building performance with respect to Sustainability objectives such as Environmental Analyses and Visibility Optimization Analyses using Computational Methods. Some aspects of Structural Optimization, form finding, multi-objective optimization will also be studied using Grasshopper3D and advanced plug-ins. Students choosing to focus on building performance aspects will explore projects digitally and develop optimization methods of design and evaluating for a showcase in the exhibition.

For any further queries, contact education@rat-lab.org
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