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Hyderabad, India

Hyper | Threads

Friday 14 – Sunday 23 April 2017

This School intends to explore Computer Aided Design (CAD) as a means to enable architectural creativity whilst still responding to complex spatial and material performance constraints. In keeping with this spirit, the AA School of Architecture and Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design group (ZHA|CODE), will renew their collaboration to bring the 8th iteration of their workshop to Hyderabad. The workshop will focus on the relations between contemporary design techniques, creative expression, software technology and its manifestation within India's emerging economy and ancient traditions of building. It also seeks to use production-proven design methods and software platforms in a judicious mix with innovative research. This year, we are excited to extend the association with Design Aware, India, who will be our local host institute, and also to continue our collaboration with BSB architects, who have been instrumental in the success of the previous versions.
We aim to continue both the exploration and streamlining of the multi-stage process of concept to physical manifestation and the agenda of exploring physics-based design methods, integration of form and structure, computational methods of optimisation for fabrication, and adaptation to local means, methods and craft. The workshop will bring forth the wealth of knowledge the participants from previous years generated - both in design studio content and fabrication methods and processes as also that of experts from institutions such as Zaha Hadid Architects, London, AA School of Architecture etc.
We aim to design-build a sizeable prototype as part of the primary objective: ‘learning-by-doing’. The participants will be exposed to the same design tools, techniques and analysis methods as the ones used to design and build the prototype. The prototype will executed parallel to a design-studio culminating in a one-day symposium and exhibition of student work with invited guests of local and international architects and academics.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
Computational skills - Applied mathematics, Applied computer science.
Professional awareness
Fabrication skills
Contemporary design methods
Collaborative research development skills. – architects, engineers, fabricators
Lecture series from experienced professional in each field
(eg: Teaching team / Facilities / Computational skills / Theoretical understanding / Professional awareness / Fabrication / Lecture series)


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 visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk 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: 1 April 2017.
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.

Design Aware Studios, Hyderabad. India


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £675 per participant, which includes a £60 visiting membership fee.
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.

Present-15th January 2017 : Super Early Bird £550
16th January to 15th March 2017 : Early Bird £600
To apply for a concession code please email: visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: No prior experience required. Any experience with 3D software will however be useful.

Shajay Bhooshan is a MPhil graduate at the University of Bath, UK and a Research Fellow at Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH , Zurich where he is a research assistant in Block Research Group. He also, heads the research activities of the Computation and Design (co|de) group at Zaha Hadid Architects, London and works as a studio master at the AA DRL Master’s program. Previously he worked at Populous, London and completed his Master’s Degree AA School of Architecture, London in 2006.

Vishu Bhooshan, currently works as a senior designer at Zaha Hadid Architects as part of the Computation and Design (co|de) group at London . He completed his bachelor degree from Pune, India (2010) and pursued his masters at the Architectural Association, Design Research Lab( 2013). 
His current interests include design research and development computational design tools to aide design research. He has taught at various workshops and presented work both in London and internationally.


Programme Heads
Vishu Bhooshan
Shajay Bhooshan

Hyderabad Coordinator
Takbir Fatima

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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