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Is off-site the future of construction?
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Talks and lectures

Is off-site the future of construction?

Current technological advancements have the potential to strip pre-fabrication of its ‘cheap image’ and overcome historic prejudices. This seminar will provide you with an overview of current tendencies in off-site construction, and discuss its future as an important cornerstone of contemporary, efficient and sustainable design strategies for architects.

s off-site the future of construction?

This seminar will guide you through the historic context of pre-fabrication, give an overview of the current state of off-site construction and will introduce several possible future tendencies of pre-manufacturing in architecture. By attending this seminar, you will be provided with a comprehensive summary, discuss pros and cons, and highlight both pitfalls and benefits of a future with offsite construction in architecture.

This comprehensive session will cover:

  • An introduction to the history of off-site construction: in the UK and abroad, from the time of explorers until the prefab utopias of the post-war era
  • Common prejudices and scepticism about pre-fabrication and how to deal with them
  • Sustainability, efficiency and identity: possibilities of customisation, integration of context and client involvement
  • When to stop designing? Application of digital design and manufacturing techniques on small scale collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, as well as research in practice
  • Quality control: the benefits of off-site construction, manufacturer’s expertise and specifications
  • How much control can you give away? Risks of standardisation versus creativity
  • Future prospects of prefabrication in architecture: scale, materials and construction methods

Speakers will explain these topics by presenting historic case studies, recent practice experiences and possible future trends. The latter two will be a collection of projects from various practises and researchers actively engaging with the seminar’s topic. There will be opportunities for you to ask questions and share experiences.


Andreas Körner, ÜberRaum Architects
Andreas Körner is part of the team at ÜberRaum Architects, previously working in a practice in Austria before moving to the UK. Andreas teaches as an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University where he focusses on digital design and manufacturing techniques. After studying at Technical University and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, he graduated from the Bartlett.

He received the Max Fordham Environmental Design prize for his thesis and design projects on environmentally informed building envelopes. He is actively engaging in research about design methodologies and environmental presenting his findings at conferences and through lectures, as well as being involved in multiple international research groups.

Seminar fees

  • RIBA/CIAT members £65 + VAT
  • Non-RIBA members £92 + VAT
  • RIBA student members £15 + VAT

Other booking options

For more information on other seminars in Core CPD 2018, and Club Ticket booking, saving £250 per year, go to Core CPD 2018.

Core Curriculum topics

1. Design, construction and technology
2. Procurement and contracts

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