Guvenc Ozel (ozel office,) in collaboration with UCLA department of engineering researchers, was awarded the ‘runner up’ (4th prize) at NASA’s 3D printed habitats competition. The competition called for designers to envision a 4 astronaut dwelling in mars and 3D printed through the use of indigenous resources. 

Their team named ‘hybrid composites’ was lead by guvenc ozel, an architect, faculty member and researcher at UCLA department of architecture and of the IDEAS platform, and supported by expert consultants from UCLA department of engineering and material science, conducting research in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, material sciences, additive manufacturing, and robotics. Ozel’s current research at UCLA A.UD focuses on the application of robotics and sensors into architecture as well as a collaboration with UCLA Engineering on exploring the use of composite materials in building scale 3D printing. The premise of their entry lies in this research, where, instead of 3D printing concrete-like shells from local sand, the team proposed to 3D print high performance composite shells through the combination of locally harvested composite fibers soaked in fast curing polymer resins, a 3D printing version of how high-performance boats, planes, satellites, and spaceships are built.