Laboratory for Integrated Prototyping and Hybrid Environments (LIPHE)

Professor Aaron Sprecher, PI
Lab Assistant: François Leblanc

The Laboratory for Integrated Prototyping and Hybrid Environments (LIPHE) produces research that changes the ways architects design, collaborate, and build.
The LIPHE represents the design laboratory of the future. In this environment, fabrication and design can be carried out simultaneously. The laboratory includes advanced prototyping technologies:

  1. Objet Connex 500 large bed multi-material 3D printer, Location: room G16A (operational)
  2. Torchmate 4ftx4ft 3-axis CNC plasma cutter, Location: Engineering Annex (operational in April 2012)
  3. Fanuc 6-axis robotic arm equipped with CNC milling and pick-and-place system, Location: room B01 (operational June 2012)
  4. 4 Imac 16GB for production and preparation of 3D-models, Location: room 215B (operational)

The LIPHE offers fabrication services to professors, researchers and graduate students only. Use of the equipment is granted only under the supervision of LIPHE’s lab assistant Alexei Morozov.


LIPHE Research Laboratory
815 Sherbrooke Street West, room 215B
Tel: 514-398-5242
Fax: 514-398-7372

For more information, please contact François Leblanc: info.liphe [at]

Researchers at LIPHE currently develop a series of projects that aim at propelling the hybridization of digital tools (visualization, simulation and fabrication technologies), design processes (modelling, testing and prototyping) and manufacturing strategies (from built components to assembly). Researchers use the LIPHE i) to assess, develop and analyze new models of optimization that respond to increasingly complex parameters and link them to automated prototyping procedures; ii) to study material and physical behaviours within simultaneous design and operative decision-making; and iii) to ameliorate environmental performance of both the prototyping process and the fabricated components themselves, searching for ways to create an economy of material and labour.


Research Projects 2011: 

1. Performalism - Form and Performance in Computational Architecture and Fabrication

    With Performalism we propose a new approach to architectural design and fabrication. The project showcases the integration of multidisciplinary knowledge and partnership among experts in engineering and architecture. The research partnership stands at the crossing of design conception, digital manufacturing and engineering investigation. Performalism is an innovative paradigm aimed at creating an automated robot-driven fabrication technology capable of producing large-scale architectural prototypes.

    Researchers: Professors Aaron Sprecher (McGill University), Jorge Angeles (McGill University), Damiano Pasini (McGill University) and Clement Gosselin (Laval University). In progress.  


    2. The Evo DeVO Project - Evolutionary Design, Variations and Optimization: Toward a Symbiosis among Formal Expressions, Structural Engineering, and Manufacturing Processes in Architectural Design

      The Evo DeVO research project focuses on the potential to optimize design solutions by combining computational methods that are currently researched in the fields of biomimetics, structural engineering and design computing. The main objective of the project is to use computers to create elegant designs ranging in scale from industrial design components to complex construction systems inspired by biological mechanisms such as the growth of plants, cellular patterns of organization and responsive materials in nature.

      Researchers: Professors Aaron Sprecher (McGill University) and Damiano Pasini (McGill University). Chi Hoang Tran (Post-Doctoral Candidate, McGill University)

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