City Building

Located in Canada’s most enterprising city, we educate students to use the power of entrepreneurial design thinking to develop disruptive strategies and social innovations that make our cities more resilient, equitable, vibrant, and healthy. https://live-sapl.ucalgary.ca/research

Digital Focus

Design studios include community and industry involvement, and design-build initiatives so students can help develop real, impactful solutions while building a strong portfolio.

Student Experience

Workshop and digital fabrication labs foster a hands-on culture of makers and doers, allowing you to put theory into practice and prepare you to the future of practice.


Robotic Arm Art by David Schiwy 2017

Each year, Jason Johnson, director of the Laboratory of Integrative Design, along with Guy Gardner, director of fabrication, teach an Introduction to Robotic Fabrication course at the University of Calgary. This project by student David Schiwy explores robotic fabrication through completion of a self portrait. This is done while working through the challenges and constraints of art through an industrial robotic arm, designing and building a robotic tool, and creating a tool path communicative of a self portrait. Schiwy explores these challenges through paint pouring.

Robotic Arm Art by David Schiwy 2017

Transparency by Anna Guan, Brendan Webb, Judy Liu, Mac Mcginn, Marina Malik, Xuefei Wang, 2020

Spring 2020 - Guy Gardner, LID Director of Fabrication, taught a Computational Design in Architecture course at the University of Calgary. This project titled Transparency by students Anna Guan, Brendan Webb, Judy Liu, Mac Mcginn, Marina Malik, and Xuefei Wang explores this topic thorough the use of data to shape space, provide transparency to public infrastructure and overall increase public engagement. These elements include a breathable media facade, adaptable columns, and kinetic floor panels, which respond to user interaction and data collected from public opinions via kiosks and a phone app of city projects.

Transparency by Anna Guan, Brendan Webb, Judy Liu, Mac Mcginn, Marina Malik, Xuefei Wang, 2020


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