Athens Athens: ZnS


Symmetry Sentience

Dates - 2016 (tbc)

In 2016, the AA Athens Visiting School will look into the philosophy of phenomenology as a starting point in the architectural design. Structures of consciousness experienced from the first-person point of view will be coupled with the study shapes in motion. The experience of or about an architectural object will act as the central structure of experience of the user’s space. Assessing the how things are made and exist as active players in shaping their environment will be achieved via digital computation. Forms and structures will be created with an aim to alter the feeling of their surrounding by being put into motion. A series of morphologies will derive through a bottom-up approach in scripting architecture. To bridge the gap between the digital and physical side of the design, AA Athens uses digital fabricating machines to produce the architectural prototypes and adds low-tech electronics to amplify their communicative characteristics. A complete 1:1 scale structure will be constructed, enabling experience of built space and of building materials in their sensory aspects as a result of a series of initial testing models. These proposals will be applied through the combination of different software including Processing, Rhino Grasshopper, and Arduino.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
• Participants become part of an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio (4:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.
• The toolset of AA Athens includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Processing, Arduino and Grasshopper, as well as analysis software.
• Participants gain access to digital fabrication tools such as laser-cutter, 3d-printer.
• Design seminars and lecture series support the key objectives of the programme, disseminating fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies.


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.

The deadline for applications is - tbc.

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.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £600 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced by £60.

The AA Visiting School fee includes a £60 visiting membership fee. Should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at:

A limited amount of discounts are available if you are planning to apply as a group, or if you are applying for both the Athens and Istanbul VS. Please contact the VS Director Alexandros Kallegias on for more details.

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 current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino 5.

Students should be aware that visas are required for Visiting Schools held both in the UK and abroad and it is the student's responsibility to investigate what is required via the relevant embassies in their country.

11Α Evelpidon Street (Pedion Areos), Athens, 113 62, Greece

Programme Director
Alexandros Kallegias is an architect currently teaching at the Architectural Association (AA) (2011-current), and University of Liverpool (2013-current). He is the Programme Director of AA Greece Visiting School, AA Athens Visiting School, and AA Summer DLAB. He is a Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects (2011-current), acting as the BIM Coordinator of Riyadh KAFD Metro Station. He received his MArch degrees from University of Patras in 2000 (High Honors), and AA Design Research LAB (DRL) in 2011. He is a registered architect in the UK and Greece.

Athens Coordinator
Evangelos Kanellopoulos

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Programme Director
Alexandros Kallegias

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

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