The ArchiTextiles lab, or @lab for short, was established in 2008 as a centre for the design and development of electronic textiles for architectural applications. Over the past decade, the field of electronic textiles has undergone a boom world-wide, integrating new materials, fibres and fabrics with electronics to create textiles that can adapt and transform themselves. @lab builds on this emergent technology of electronic textiles to create large-scale applications such as walls, ceilings, and architectural enclosures. The lab brings together specialists from the fields of architecture, textiles, electrical and mechanical engineering, and jewellery in an interdisciplinary team. Robin Muller and Sarah Bonnemaison are the directors.
The lab is funded for a three-year period, with the goal of developing a number of prototypes to be manufactured in Atlantic Canada and then marketed nationally and internationally.
Robin Muller received a BFA in Textiles and Jewellery from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MFA in Textiles from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a full professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) specializing in weaving and book arts. Her woven textiles and artists’ books have been exhibited extensively in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. In 2008, Ms. Muller received an Atlantic Innovation Fund Grant with Sarah Bonnemaisson to explore Electronic Textiles for Architectural Applications.
Sarah Bonnemaison (BSc (Concordia, BArch (Pratt), MSc (Arch) (MIT), PhD (UBC)) has a special interest in lightweight, collapsible structures and set design, which she pursued in numerous designs for dance and theatre groups in New York City, and in the architecture office of Bodo Rasch and Frei Otto in Stuttgart, Germany. Recently, her work in tensile structures has extended to installations which resulted in a book titled Installation by Architects (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009). Ms. Bonnemaison is an associate professor of architecture at Dalhousie University.