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Invent(ory) @ Fact(ory) 1.0 - Measure the Immeasurable

Saturday 16 – Saturday 23 December 2017

Applications for the Beijing Visiting School are now closed.

The Beijing Visiting School aims to establish a platform for cross-disciplinary experiment on design projects and techniques. The course offers a great opportunity for those who are interested in approaching architectural design as a cross disciplinary major, as participants will experience the international learning environment with creative thinking, experimental design and systematic methodologies together with instructors with various expertise inside and outside architecture. The underlying agenda of the Beijing Visiting School is to experiment design techniques based upon data when Beijing has become a super-power-city after the rapid urbanization in the past two decades.

We are in the first year of the theme “Invent(ory) @ Fact(ory) 1.0” (IF1.0), which essentially investigates the meaning of data to design innovation upon the emerging knowledge pragmatically. Such data-based design theme includes but not limit to data collection, data visualization, data standardization, data specializing, data conceptualization, and data parameterization into spatial orders. In IF1.0, this year, we will initialize design projects on the basis of the current status of Beijing 751, an abandoned factory that is becoming another art district next to the famous Beijing 798. The essential objective of In IF1.0is to invent and inhabit the existing industrial structures in the context of the urban upgrading around the 751 site, through the data based design approaches.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

• Theories & Methodologies:
Lecture series and tutorials during AAVS Beijing are expected to equip participants with sound understanding of the relevant theories and methodologies related to the VS theme, the application of Big Data for visualizing the invisible forces that drive the organization of physical resources.
• Guest Lectures:
Lectures by guest scholars and leading practitioners will showcase both the frontier of applying digital design techniques and theories to the architectural practice in the region, and the methodological explode of the big data through multimedia instruments.


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer. 

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced by £60.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in explore and experience the architectural experimentation in the architectural context of China. Computational skills are not required but encouraged. All participants should bring their laptop with following software installed: Rhino, Grasshopper, Autodesk Maya, Adobe Suite, Processing, ZBrush

Programme Heads

Gao Yan
Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong
Principal Architect, dotA
Director of AA BJ Visiting School
Founding Council Member of Digital Architecture Design Association in China
M.Arch AA, B.Arch Tsinghua University

Mr. Gao has achieved fruitful integration of design practice and research as the founding director of dotA and a scholar with the expertise in computation. Gao’s works are innovative in design concepts, intelligent in design response, critical in design thinking and, diversified in applying computation and data driven design approaches. Being both a professor and a qualified professional, Gao’s design synthesizes forward-thinking and advanced technologies with effective solutions beyond the debate of regionalism versus globalism in Asia.

Soomeen Hahm
Director, SoomeenHahm Design Ltd.
Unit master, AA intermediate 13
Unit master, the Bartlett BSc Unit 2
Unit master, the Bartlett BPro Research Cluster
Director of AA BJ Visiting School
Director of AA Seoul Visiting School
M.Arch AA, B.Arch Tsinghua University

Soomeen Hahm is the founder of the SoomeenHahm Design Ltd, an architectural designer, researcher and educator based in London and teaching at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett UCL. Her research tries to tackle issues associated with the computational paradigm in architecture across multiple scales and through education, research and practice.

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Programme Director/s
Yan Gao, Soomeen Hahm

Local Coordinator
Chang Qiang

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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