ScanLAB Projects is an award winning creative studio. We specialise in exploring the use of large scale 3D scanning in architecture and the creative industries.

ScanLAB Projects is a pioneering creative practice.

We digitise the world, transforming temporary moments and spaces into compelling permanent experiences, images and film. We design online environments, immersive installations and objects.

Our primary medium is 3D scanning, a form of machine vision that we argue is the future of photography and much more beyond. As the electronic eyes for billions of mobile phones and driverless vehicles 3D scanners are the cartographers of the future. By critically observing places and events through the eyes of these machines our work hopes to glance at the future we will all inhabit.

Founded in 2010, we have worked with leading architects, broadcasters, scientists and artists from across the world. ScanLAB operate from concept, through on location scanning, to delivered product. Our work has featured in major TV documentaries and cinema screenings, been widely published and exhibited internationally.

  • 'A joy to work with. Their visual work is stunning, their understanding and treatment of difficult subjects is sensitive.'

    'innovating in a fascinating visual space, trying techniques not seen before'

    Francesca Panetta - executive editor, virtual reality at the Guardian

  • 'They've always been prepared to misuse the equipment, like two friends who hot-wire a Ferrari one night only to become the world's best stunt drivers less than five years later.'

    Geoff Manaugh - BLDGBLOG

  • 'Spectacular scans ... breath-taking visual impact'

    'A brilliant team that never stops innovating and taking you by surprise.'

    Chris Granlund - Executive Producer, BBC History

The Team Behind ScanLAB Projects

  • Matthew ShawDirector

    Matt is co-founder of ScanLAB Projects. His background is in architecture, digital fabrication and speculation about digital cities of the future. Over the last 5 years he’s been turning the relentless, machinic eye of the 3D scanner on anything and everything - from giant mirrored sculptures, Arctic ice floes, Roman Sewers to graceful dancers. He is fascinated by the creative and critical role of the pointcloud, and is a big believer in experimentation and precision in equal measure!

  • William TrossellDirector

    Will is co-founder of ScanLAB Projects. He loves building new and extraordinary ways to expand our understanding of the material world. He graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture but has been somewhat sidetracked as a creative technologist. With a keen interest in how the digital and its augmentation might impact our cultural heritage Will has working closely with Museums and World Heritage Sites around the world.

  • Soma SatoPhotographer

    Soma is the longest serving member of the ScanLAB team. He has a vast body of photographic and architectural experience, including study at the Bartlett and years travelling the world with some of Japan’s leading photographers and artists. He brings this knowledge to our practice, ensuring our data is photoreal and perfectly coloured. Since joining the team his skills have lead to the huge success of our Horizontal Humans project at The Photographers' Gallery, our unique full colour capture of The Last Supper with Factum Arte, and our BBC ONE series Invisible Italy.

  • Tom BrooksComputational Designer

    Tom's interest in all areas of digital arts has helped to cultivate a wide range of computation and design skills. Tom joined ScanLAB in February 2017 after graduating with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Bath. Prior to ScanLAB he embarked on a varied freelance career, working on projects from video production and photography, to coding automation scripts and software. This diversity has been reflected in the roles undertaken for ScanLAB so far - moving between app development for the latest VR and AR technologies, and creating, editing and coding stunning 3D content and video.

  • Dorka MakaiJunior Heritage Visualisation Specialist

    Dorka joined ScanLAB Projects in December 2017 after she graduated from the School of Simulation and Visualisation at the Glasgow School of Art, where she studied International Heritage Visualisation. Her studies established a strong skill-set in digital documentation and research. She has a keen interest in 3D imaging of cultural heritage sites and objects, and in exploiting state-of-the-art technologies to create exciting visualisations. She primarily focuses on the onsite digital documentation of subjects, personally responsible for processing and digitally assembling of the collected data into a single three-dimensional model and working closely with team members in further creative processes.

  • Theo TanArchitectural Assistant

    Before joining ScanLAB the process of scanning played a central role in the final project of Theo's Architecture BSc as it allowed forms to be sculpted at one scale and yet performed at two - as both building component and as jewellery. Theo's design work starts with understanding a craft and evolves to manipulate these established making processes. He intends to explore this further and is particularly interested in the role that the scan and digital fabrication play in creating a seamless transition between computer and analogue techniques. Theo joined ScanLAB to continue these interests and plays a multi disciplinary role from on location scanning to final polished visuals.

  • William TrossellDirector

    Will is co-founder of ScanLAB Projects. He loves building new and extraordinary ways to expand our understanding of the material world. He graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture but has been somewhat sidetracked as a creative technologist. With a keen interest in how the digital and its augmentation might impact our cultural heritage Will has working closely with Museums and World Heritage Sites around the world.

  • Soma SatoPhotographer

    Soma is the longest serving member of the ScanLAB team. He has a vast body of photographic and architectural experience, including study at the Bartlett and years travelling the world with some of Japan’s leading photographers and artists. He brings this knowledge to our practice, ensuring our data is photoreal and perfectly coloured. Since joining the team his skills have lead to the huge success of our Horizontal Humans project at The Photographers' Gallery, our unique full colour capture of The Last Supper with Factum Arte, and our BBC ONE series Invisible Italy.

  • Nicky Ovidiu BaiculescuVisual Effects Supervisor & 3D Artist

    Nicky is lead 3D Artist at ScanLAB since January 2018. Coming from a varied creative background, ranging from 3D artist, to VFX and animation roles, Nicky handles all aspects of the ScanLAB visualisation workflow. With an eye for detail he has worked across many of our projects, most notably our latest BBC series "Ancient Invisible Cities". He is passionate about traditional art, film and photography.

  • Max CelarDesigner and Digital Artist

    Max is an Designer and Digital Artist. He joined ScanLAB after studying at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. His interactive art installations have been exhibited at international art venues and galleries such as Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. Max joined to pursue his interest in intersections of virtual and physical worlds. He has made vital contributions to the latest BBC series Invisible Cities.

  • Manuela Mesrie Studio & Production Manager

    Manuela joined ScanLAB in 2018 as producer and studio manager after working as gallery manager and curator for London contemporary art galleries. She is a graduate of BA Management for the Creative Industry at the Bocconi Business University and of MA in Contemporary Art at the Sotheby's Institute of Art. Manuela coordinates the projects production and artistic representation for ScanLAB Projects. She jumped on board to satisfy her need for cross and multi-disciplinary encounters within the creative industry.

  • Past Members

    Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of counting Reuben Carter, Jean C Nicolas, James White, Luca Veronese, Egmontas Geras, Julia Schütz, Sammy Lee, Fiona Zisch, Berni Devilat, Thomas Parker, Tom Svilans and Thomas Pearce as fantastic team members.