Istanbul AA Istanbul Visiting School 2017 – Large scale vault realized by Robotic-Hot-Wire-Cutting (RHWC) processes.


Robotic Mediations

This programme, in collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University, investigates the inherent associations between form, material and structure through the rigorous implementation of innovative design and fabrication techniques. Computational methods for design, analysis and fabrication are coupled with physical experimentation, fostering ‘learning-by-experimentation’ in an active and collaborative studio environment. Throughout the design and fabrication processes, the associations between various computational platforms establish correlations between form-finding, material computation and structural performance. The key objective of the Visiting School is the design and fabrication of a 1:1 scale prototype realised by the use of robotic fabrication techniques


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. No prior knowledge of software tools is required for eligibility.

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 workshop is open to current architecture and design-related field students, PhD candidates and young professionals. The eligibility of applicants who do not have a design-related background will be assessed on an individual basis by the Programme Head/s.


The fees for this workshop will be confirmed at a later date.

Istanbul AAVS website

Programme Head's Biography

Elif Erdine is an Architect, designer, and researcher. Currently, she teaches at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Programme, and also at Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design, and Environment. She is the Programme Head of AA DLAB Visiting School and AA Istanbul Visiting School. She has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects during 2006 – 2010. She received her B.Arch. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2003 (High Honors), and M.Arch. degree from the AA Design Research Lab (AA DRL) in 2006 (Project Distinction), and her PhD degree from the AA (2015). Her projects have been printed widely in international and national architecture publications.


Programme Head
Dr.Elif Erdine

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

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