OFFICE

APPROACH
Radlab is a multidisciplinary design and fabrication firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. The office deploys experimental methods to solve challenging design problems with novel solutions. The scope of our work extends from architecture to fabrication and industrial design. These areas are viewed as uniquely distinguishable, and yet distinctly complementary. At Radlab, opportunities for integrating and intersecting disciplines are always on the agenda. Our collective backgrounds, capabilities, interests and resources borrow from and branch into these interrelated fields. For us, fabrication serves as a figurative and literal bridge between architecture and industrial design, wherein our particular research and design approach is inundated with digital provocations and algorithmic explorations as much as it is with physical prototypes and material investigations. No matter what the medium, we always aim for the highest degree of clarity, craft and precision.

OPERATION
With Radlab’s background and experience with intertwining studio and fabrication facilities as part of its formal structure, we’re able to readily close the gap between concept sketches and their material realization. Translating complex ideas into rigorous, physical assemblies is made possible through a platform of interdisciplinary work flows, enabling us to efficiently evaluate, explore, and realize a wide range of projects, from bespoke products to mass customized constructs. Radlab collaborates with an array of makers that cover the full gamut of analog fabrication for cutting, grinding, binding, forming, and finishing, as well as digital production that includes laser cutting, CNC milling, waterjet cutting, robotic arm machining, and 3D printing. It is our aim not to let technology drive intention, but rather to allow the unfolding of process to occur in response to and in conjunction with design research. Empirical evidence, both predictable and entirely unforeseeable, emerges through study and experimentation with materials, structure, form, joinery systems, spatial configurations, environmental conditions, assembly logics, and much more, ready to take the helm.

RADLAB

MISSION
We view the design process as a thoroughly collaborative endeavor and strive to assimilate the best of each stakeholder’s aspirations and contributions. In an effort to mitigate the risk inherent in taking unconventional paths, and to develop consensus in decisions and expectations, we value clear communication through every phase of a project. Radlab’s work is just as much about process as it is about product. We believe that it’s largely the care, pleasure, integrity, and camaraderie embedded in the making of the work that propels us closer to compelling, built solutions. The work we do is ultimately intended to be experienced and enjoyed by people across a wide spectrum of cultures, languages, and traditions. Through our work we seek to embrace, discover, and elucidate a small part of the spectacular wonder of humanity. Ultimately we hope it inspires, challenges, and elevates the human experience.


COMMUNITY
In an ongoing effort to both serve and participate in the life of our local and global community, Radlab has made it a priority to stay involved with pro-bono and limited budget projects that challenge us to utilize our resources to assist those in need.  Radlab partnered with Michael Kyes to create a detailed basswood model for a new orphanage to be built in Tikapur, Nepal.  The children’s home was part of a larger effort by Bridge to Nepal, founded in 1998 by Marian Noronha as a collaborative effort between Nepalis and Americans to redeem families from slavery and invest in their transition towards a new and sustainable life.  Radlab has also dedicated time and effort toward working with non-profit organizations such as Youth Build Boston and the East Boston Playhouse.  The office has also been developing an innovative play system in collaboration with the Boston Housing Authority.

LEADERSHIP

MATTHEW A. TRIMBLE
Matthew A. Trimble founded Radlab in 2008.  He has a diverse range of experience working and consulting in the field of architecture for firms that include Neil M. Denari Architects, Behnisch Behnisch and Partner, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc, and dECOi Architects.  Trimble has previously taught seminars, workshops, and studios for both graduate and undergraduate students at the Boston Architectural College, the Wentworth Institute of Technology, the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City, the Rhode Island School of Design, and MIT.  He has also taught professional workshops in computational design and digital fabrication for organizations that include: Saucony, New Balance, Timberline, Schneider Electric, and IDEO, and has received numerous grants and awards for design research in robotics, computational design, and experimental fabrication. Trimble holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture degree from The University of Memphis, where he received the Frances F. Austin Scholarship, and a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Avalon Travel Fellowship. He is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah, and is primarily working between the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

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