to answer a few questions and provide more info...
tiles are vacuumed formed PETG plastic so they're a few ounces at best for a 15" wide panel. think the weight of a 2 liter soda bottle. the process is intended to simulate superplastic forming of aluminum panels. the studio is inteded to use vacuum forming as a rapid prototyping method towards a aluminum SPF panel.
4 students in this group. you have to do this as this studio is a voluntarily additional class on top of the typical work load.
here are a few renderings of a typ. 30'x15' structural bay with the tiles... you can start to see how the pattern can shift across the field to create difference, gradient, singularities, and overall field continuity.
White Panel Rendering
Aluminum Finish Rendering Test - Daylight
Panel Grouping Possibility