Augmented and Virtual Reality: A-Frame


Feb 14th,

8:30am — 11:30am

Location: Weil 010

About The Workshop

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the basics of designing experiences in virtual and augmented reality in a web browser using A-Frame. Participants will get a foundational knowledge in building and importing 3d assets, setting up environments, and executing immersive virtual experiences as well as augmented physical ones. While some familiarity with basic coding is useful it is by no means a requirement. If you are interested in exploring these tools please come!

Cross Disciplinary Connections

New technologies like AR and VR are used in many creative applications including video games, apps, simulators, and architectural renderings. The foundation of using these tools is shifting a process away from 'making things that we look at' to 'making things that we occupy.' This workshop will investigate these scenarios and discuss future opportunities.


Participants will model a digital avatar that appears in physical space through their smartphone camera.

Next Steps

Participants can contact Professor Jonathan Hanahan regarding using equipment in the future. They may also enroll in a course titled 'Sculpting Realities' which dives deeper into these tools in more expansive projects. This course will be offered in the Fall of 2020 and is open to all students in the Sam Fox School.


  • Jonathan Hanahan, Assistant Professor of Design

    Jonathan Hanahan is a designer and educator whose speculative practice explores the cultural and social ramifications of experiences which transcend physical and digital occupations and the role technology plays in shaping, mediating, and disrupting our everyday realities. He develops Thick Interfaces—tools, devices, software, artifacts, websites, videos, etc. which agitate the digital facade and reveal the physical reality and complexity which exist underneath the thin veneer of our devices.

    Hanahan received his BARCH from Virginia Tech and his MFA from The Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to his studio practice, Hanahan is an Assistant Professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.