In 2022's A^* Summer School we learnt about the principles of Life-Centered Design. Together we explored natural systems to help us design and created a Tree House concept for the Olympic Park Wetlands. We researched and innovated new ways of building our world for better planetary health.


A^3 is an architecture & design programme in the community of East Village, Stratford.
The primary aim is to assist and empower those seeking to enter careers in architecture & design by engaging with a cross section of design and fabrication experiences.
Our ongoing programme includes one to one mentoring, learning new digital skills, visiting construction sites and architects’ offices, developing designs and preparing portfolio content.


The Lab E20, 3-4 East Park Walk, Victory Park, East Village, Stratford, E20 1JB


Monday 8th - Friday 12th August 10am-4pm 2022


Our brief will be to design a tree house that will allow both human and natural ecologies to thrive side by side.
Participants will engage with principles of biomimicry and biophilia to gain a better understanding for creating healthy living systems.
Lessons and insights learned will be valuable for future participation in problem solving within more local 21st C design challenges empowering a new generation of architects and designers to lead the way in creating restorative and regenerative communities.
All course content will be grounded within the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set out by the  UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Charter.


Although the A^3 programme focuses primarily on individuals considering a career in architecture, those looking into other options within creative industries will also be very welcome to apply.

This opportunity is for ambitious AS & A level students, tertiary education students and those interested in starting a career in architecture.  Participants must have an interest in design, drawing and making, as well as having a basic level of skill with digital drawing tools. Access to a laptop computer will be required and  Sketchup should be installed ahead of the programme.

Places are limited and those shortlisted will be selected to participate in a short informal interview process before the final individuals are selected.

The programme is offered free of charge.

D-Lab operates and encourages an inclusive policy.